Other ACC programs ranked in the top 25 include North Carolina (6), Virginia (8), Louisville (9), and Syracuse (24). Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Florida State, and Miami were among the teams also receiving votes.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski's team will play a tough schedule over the next several months with two games against North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Syracuse. Duke will also travel to Virginia, Florida State, and Louisville for road games, but will not host the Cavaliers, Seminoles, or Cardinals thanks to the unbalanced ACC schedule. Pittsburgh and Miami will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium in January in the lone matchup between the teams.
In the non-conference schedule, Duke will play a road game at No. 4 Wisconsin and neutral site games against No. 18 Michigan State in Indianapolis and No. 15 Connecticut in East Rutherford, N.J. The Blue Devils and Stanford could face off in the finals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. in late November.
All told the Blue Devils have assembled a challenging slate that includes nine ranked opponents and five top 10 opponents.