Monday, January 17, 2011

Duke falls from No. 1 spot in polls

As expected, Duke fell from the No. 1 spot in the college basketball polls Monday after dropping a 66-61 decision Wednesday at Florida State.

The Blue Devils had been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press' media poll and the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll in each week so far this season.

Duke (16-1) fell to No. 4 in the AP poll and No. 5 in the coaches' poll. Ohio State (18-0), Kansas and Syracuse were No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in each poll.

The AP ranked Duke at No. 4, with Pittsburgh at No. 5. The coaches' poll had Pittsburgh at No. 4, one spot ahead of the Blue Devils.

Syracuse was 18-0 heading into Monday's 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh. Kansas was 17-0 before a game at Baylor at 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, while not referring to the rankings specifically, said Monday that the Blue Devils are not as formidable as they were before freshman point guard Kyrie Irving suffered an injured right big toe eight games into the season. Irving is out indefinitely, and Krzyzewski has often said Duke isn't the same without him.

"I shared those concerns publicly," Krzyzewski said. "No one wanted to listen. We’re a good team trying to get better and Florida State played a great game against us."

Ken Tysiac