College basketball rankings: Duke gets blown out at NC State, drops in updated Top 25 And 1

Duke has a Hall of Fame coach, multiple projected first-round NBA Draft picks and generally strong computer numbers. That’s all great stuff. But the Blue Devils’ body of work took a hit Wednesday night.

Final: NC State 88, Duke 66.

That represents the most lopsided loss Mike Krzyzewski’s program has suffered since January 2013. And when you combine the blowout to a bubble team with three other losses, including one that came at home to Stephen F. Austin and qualifies as a Quadrant 3 defeat, it’s impossible to argue that Duke doesn’t have the worst loss column among teams currently contending for a No. 1 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

“We were not competitive,” Krzyzewski acknowledged late Wednesday.

So Duke is now 22-4 overall, 12-3 in the ACC. But a limited number of Quadrant 1 victories — the Blue Devils have six; Kansas and Baylor each have 10 — paired with a loss column that’s inferior to the loss column of most other highly ranked teams really could prevent Duke from being a No. 1 seed.

Is that the worst thing in the world?


Duke as a No. 2 seed in the East Regional, theoretically playing an Elite Eight game inside New York’s Madison Square Garden, would still have the Blue Devils in a great position to make the Final Four for the 13th time under Krzyzewski. So, big picture, everything is fine. But Wednesday night’s 22-point loss to NC State did cause me to drop Duke in Thursday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. The Blue Devils are now No. 9 — one spot below Creighton, one spot ahead of Kentucky. Their next game is Saturday against Virginia Tech.

Thursday’s Top 25 And 1 rankings

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