What a week! Between all the upsets that took place in the Top 10 this past week–the first, second, third, fifth, seventh and tenth-ranked teams all lost at least once–it’s no wonder the Top 25 got shook up like a collection of Boggle tiles this week. Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, is that the Duke Blue Devils did not ascend from fourth place to first in the rankings despite winning both of their games.
The Indiana Hoosiers lost to an unranked Illinois team this past week. It doesn’t matter that they lost on a miracle bucket at the buzzer, they lost and should not have been rewarded by remaining atop the Top 25 as a result. Duke may not have had the luxury of defeating a Top 10 opponent this week like the Hoosiers did in their other match-up (a victory over then-tenth-ranked Ohio State), but at least they won their match-ups. And even though the Blue Devils eked out a victory over Boston College last night, they still won their close game rather than losing like Indiana did. Indiana has more losses and has played an easier schedule than Duke has. Indiana obviously has a strong team, but there is no reason why they should be ranked #1 this week because God knows they didn’t play like it last week.
Despite missing one of it’s key starters, Ryan Kelly–who ranks third on the Blue Devils in scoring, second in rebounds and first in three-point percentage–the Blue Devils have continued to find ways to win since getting flattened by Miami (FL) a couple weeks back. This is a team that is winning in every bit as convincing a fashion as the Hoosiers, if not more so considering how important Kelly’s absence from their lineup has proven to be. The Blue Devils are doing more with less and against better competition than Indiana has been facing. Duke deserves to be the No. 1 team in the nation.