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Friday / January 21.
  • Duke ascends to No. 1 in AP Poll after Gonzaga win, Bulldogs fall to No. 3

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    After starting the 2021-22 season 7-0, including wins over then-No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 10 Kentucky, the Duke men’s basketball team has vaulted to No. 1 in this week’s Associated Press poll. This marks the 145th week all-time that Duke has been ranked No. 1, extending a college basketball record.

    The Blue Devils garnered 51 of the 61 first-place from AP voters this week to top the poll, followed by Purdue, Gonzaga, Baylor, UCLA, Villanova, Texas, Kansas, Kentucky and Arkansas in the top 10. 

    Duke’s 145 weeks in the No. 1 spot are the most in NCAA history, leading UCLA (134) and Kentucky (125). All other ACC schools have combined for a total of 149 weeks at No. 1.

    Under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke has been ranked No. 1 at least once in 21 different seasons, the most of any coach in college basketball history. John Wooden and Roy Williams are tied for second (12). This marks Coach K’s 127th week ranked No. 1 at Duke, which also continues an NCAA record over John Wooden (121) and Adolph Rupp (61).

    Duke’s 283 games and 243 wins (243-40) as the No. 1 team are most in NCAA history. Under Coach K, Duke’s 254 games and 219 wins (219-35) as the No. 1 team are the most by a coach all-time.

    Duke plays at Ohio State Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

    Here is the third Associated Press Top 25 poll of the 2021-22 regular season:

    1. Duke

    2. Purdue

    3. Gonzaga

    4. Baylor

    5. UCLA

    6. Villanova

    7. Texas

    8. Kansas

    9. Kentucky

    10. Arkansas

    11. Arizona

    12. BYU

    13. Tennessee

    14. Florida

    15. Houston

    16. Alabama

    17. UConn

    18. Memphis

    19. Iowa State

    20. USC

    21. Auburn

    22. Michigan State

    23. Wisconsin

    24. Michigan

    25. Seton Hall



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.