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Tuesday / September 26.
  • Duke on Brink of Falling From Top 25

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    When the new AP Top 25 rankings come out on Monday, defending champion Duke likely will tumble out of the poll.

    The Blue Devils, No. 24 in the poll released Monday, lost at No. 15 Miami, 80-69, on Monday night thanks to Angel Rodriguez’s 13 points, 11 assists and 5 rebounds.

    Duke has been ranked for 167 straight weeks. Kansas, which also lost Monday at Iowa State, 85-72, holds the next-longest streak at 135 weeks. Arizona has been ranked for 71 consecutive weeks.

    Miami fans chanted “Over-rated” at Duke (15-6, 4-4 ACC), which seemed somewhat counterintuitive considering Miami was ranked nine spots higher than the Blue Devils.

    “I’m glad that the students were yelling overrated, I didn’t know we were rated,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said with a smile. “Thank you. We got six guys. I don’t know, were we rated? Were we No. 1 now? Or whatever.”

    The Blue Devils have lost four of five and in their next six games face Louisville twice and North Carolina and Virginia once apiece.

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.