The Duke men’s basketball team fell from its perch as the top team in the country after losing to Boston College on Saturday. Duke fell three spots to No. 4 in the AP Top 25. The poll, which was released Monday, has six ACC teams ranked in the top 25.
Duke also came in at No. 4 in the Coaches Poll.
The Blue Devils entered Saturday undefeated at 11-0. Duke had escaped a few close calls during the non-conference slate, but they were the undisputed top team, being the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 last Monday. They also received 30 of the 31 first-place votes in the Coaches Poll last week. Furthermore, the Blue Devils were coming off a, 124-67, victory against St. Francis (PA).
But the ACC opener couldn’t have gone much worse for Mike Krzyzewski’s squad.
Duke fell behind early at Boston College and trailed by seven at halftime. The Blue Devils rallied to take the lead with a little more than seven minutes to go and led by four with 3:33 remaining, but they couldn’t seal the deal. Boston College guard Jerome Robinson, who went 5-for-5 from the 3-point line, hit two 3-pointers down the stretch to help the Eagles reclaim the lead. Boston College won, 89-84.
Duke will have 11 days off before its next game. The Blue Devils will host Evansville on Dec. 20 and then have another 10 days off before kicking the ACC schedule into full gear against Florida State on Dec. 30.
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