Duke moved to No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings after Friday night's 84-81 upset of Gonzaga in part because the Blue Devils are currently undefeated with two wins better than any other school's best two wins — specifically neutral-court victories over Gonzaga and Kentucky. Simply put, Mike Krzyzewski's team both looks the part and has the resume to support the ranking. But holding on to it through Wednesday morning will require Duke to win as an underdog for the second straight game, at least according to KenPom.
The ACC/Big Ten Challenge is this week.
There are lots of fun matchups -- among them Iowa at Virginia, Indiana at Syracuse, Florida State at Purdue and Louisville at Michigan State. But the most interesting contest is the one that'll feature Duke playing a non-conference road game for the first time in nearly two years. The Blue Devils will be at Ohio State on Tuesday night. KenPom.com lists them as a 1-point underdog.
It's worth noting that Ohio State is off to an uneven 4-2 start featuring a win over Seton Hall and single-digit losses to Xavier and Florida — and that the Buckeyes are operating without Justice Sueing, last season's third-leading scorer who is out with an abdominal injury. So it's possible Duke will actually close as a favorite in the betting markets. As always, we'll see. But, either way, favorite or underdog, what's on tap will be another real test for the Blue Devils. They'll either add a third top-shelf win to their resume or lose and open the door for Purdue to move to No. 1 in the Top 25 And 1. The Boilermakers are No. 3 in Monday morning's updated rankings. But if Duke loses at Ohio State, and Purdue beats Florida State on Tuesday night, Matt Painter's team will be No. 1 in the Top 25 And 1 come Wednesday morning.
Top 25 And 1 rankings
|Paolo Banchero finished with 21 points and five rebounds in Friday's 84-81 win over Gonzaga. The Blue Devils' next game is Tuesday against Ohio State.||--||14-3|
|Gonzaga finished with nine more turnovers than Duke in Friday's 84-81 loss to the Blue Devils. The Zags' next game is Monday against Tarleton State.||--||14-2|
|Zach Edey finished with 20 points and six rebounds in Friday's 97-40 win over Omaha. The Boilermakers' next game is Tuesday against Florida State.||--||15-2|
|UCLA shot just 34.8% from the field in Tuesday's 83-63 loss to Gonzaga. The Bruins' next game is Saturday against UNLV.||--||11-2|
|Collin Gillespie finished with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists in Sunday's 72-46 win over La Salle. The Wildcats' next game is Wednesday at Penn.||--||13-4|
|James Akinjo finished with 15 points, five assists and three steals in Friday's 75-58 win over Michigan State. The Bears' next game is next Saturday against Arkansas Pine Bluff.||--||16-2|
|Timmy Allen finished with 15 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday's 68-44 win over Cal Baptist. The Longhorns' next game is Monday against Sam Houston State.||--||13-5|
|JD Notae finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists in Sunday's 76-60 win over Penn. The Razorbacks' next game is Wednesday against Central Arkansas.||--||13-5|
|Oscar Tshiebwe finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds in Friday's 86-52 win over North Florida. The Wildcats' next game is Monday against Central Michigan.||--||14-3|
|Alex Barcello finished with 17 points and five assists in Saturday's 75-64 win at Utah. The Cougars' next game is Wednesday at Utah Valley.||--||15-4|
|Azuolas Tubelis finished with 22 points and six rebounds in Saturday's 105-59 win over Sacramento State. The Wildcats' next game is Thursday against Washington.||--||14-1|
|Kennedy Chandler finished with 15 points and five steals in Friday's 80-69 win over Tennessee Tech. The Vols' next game is Tuesday against Presbyterian.||--||12-5|
|Ochai Agbaji finished with 17 points and five rebounds in Sunday's 96-83 win over Iona. The Jayhawks' next game is Friday against St. John's.||--||15-2|
|Michigan State finished with nine assists and 19 turnovers in Friday's 75-58 loss to Baylor. The Spartans' next game is Wednesday against Louisville.||--||14-3|
|Isaiah Whaley finished with 16 points and four rebounds in Friday's 70-63 win over VCU. The Huskies' next game is Tuesday against Maryland Eastern Shore.||--||12-4|
|Jabari Smith finished with 22 points and six rebounds in Friday's 89-68 win over Syracuse. The Tigers' next game is Wednesday against UCF.||--||16-1|
|Drew Peterson finished with 16 points and six rebounds in Friday's 58-43 win over San Diego State. The Trojans' next game is Wednesday against Utah.||--||14-2|
|Fabian White Jr. finished with 15 points and seven rebounds in Wednesday's 78-48 win over Oregon. The Cougars' next game is Tuesday against Northwestern State.||--||16-2|
|Colin Castleton finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in Sunday's 84-45 win over Troy. The Gators' next game is Wednesday at Oklahoma.||--||10-6|
|Gabe Kalscheur finished with 30 points and eight rebounds in Friday's 78-59 win over Memphis. The Cyclones' next game is Wednesday against Arkansas Pine Bluff.||--||14-4|
|Memphis finished with eight assists and 22 turnovers in Friday's 78-59 loss to Iowa State. The Tigers' next game is Wednesday at Georgia.||--||9-7|
|Keon Ellis finished with 22 points and four rebounds in Sunday's 96-64 win over Miami. The Crimson Tide's next game is Saturday against Gonzaga.||--||11-6|
|Ohio State allowed Florida to grab 16 offensive rebounds in Wednesday's 71-68 loss to the Gators. The Buckeyes' next game is Tuesday against Duke.||--||12-4|
|Jared Rhoden finished with 18 points and four rebounds in Sunday's 84-70 win over Bethune-Cookman. The Pirates' next game is Wednesday against Wagner.||--||11-5|
|Alex Fudge finished with 11 points and eight rebounds in Saturday's 75-61 win over Wake Forest. The Tigers' next game is Wednesday against Ohio.||--||15-2|
|Johnny Davis finished with 20 points and seven rebounds in Wednesday's 61-55 win over Saint Mary's. The Badgers' next game is Wednesday at Georgia Tech.||--||15-2|