Monday, May 23, 2022

College basketball rankings: Duke rises to No. 8 in Top 25 And 1 after cruising past rival North Carolina

College basketball rankings: Duke rises to No. 8 in Top 25 And 1 after cruising past rival North Carolina

The Blue Devils burst back into the top 10 after giving Coach K an impressive win in his final game in Chapel Hill

duke-t26.jpg
CBS Sports Graphic

I spent Saturday night writing about North Carolina’s struggles because I thought the Tar Heels getting blown out again, this time at home by a rival, was a more interesting topic to explore than Duke looking awesome again.

But Duke did look awesome again. 

The Blue Devils opened on a 19-5 run, led by as many as 28 points and cruised to an 87-67 victory that extended their winning streak to five games. They’re now 19-3 with wins over Gonzaga and Kentucky and losses to Ohio State, Miami and Florida State. Those latter two losses fall in Quadrant 2, which obviously isn’t great. But the fact that Duke’s three losses have come by a combined eight points highlights just how close the Blue Devils are to being 20-2 or 21-1 or even 22-0 right now.

And how about AJ Griffin?

The 6-foot-6 freshman began the season still recovering from a knee injury and barely played early. He averaged just 10.4 minutes in Duke’s first eight contests and played six-or-fewer minutes three times. But after a 71-66 loss at Ohio State in which Griffin only played two minutes, Mike Krzyzewski made it a point to prioritize getting the projected lottery pick comfortable in the rotation, and it’s now paying off with the latest example being Griffin’s career-best effort at North Carolina. He took 17 shots, made 11 of them and finished with 27 points and four rebounds against the Tar Heels.

“We wanted to run a couple of things for him,” Krzyzewski told reporters afterward. “We ran one thing — and he just, he went off.”

Duke is up to No. 8 in Sunday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings, where Auburn is No. 1 for the 26th straight day. Bruce Pearl’s Tigers are on a 19-game winning streak and remain the only team in the country that still hasn’t lost in regulation.

Top 25 And 1 rankings

Related articles

Comments

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share article

Latest articles

Newsletter

Subscribe to stay updated.