Devils Ranked #1 Again

For the seventh straight season the Duke Blue Devils are ranked as America's top team according to both the Associated Press and ESPN Coaches' Polls, which were released on Monday morning.

Duke's streak of top rankings is second longest in history to UCLA's 12 straight years from 1964-75.

The Blue Devils beat then fourth rated Wake Forest last week easily at Cameron Indoor Stadium, then got some help from rival North Carolina which beat Connecticut on the same day.

"Being No. 1 is very important to us, and we actually earned it, it wasn't just given to us," Duke senior guard Chris Duhon said Monday. "This team has matured and right now we feel we are the best in the country, but we're not, and know we have a bigger target than usual on our backs."

Stanford moved up to No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, followed by Saint Joseph's, UConn and Cincinnati.

Duke's first game this season at No. 1 will be Wednesday night at Maryland. The Terrapins beat Duke at home the last two seasons -- and the Blue Devils led the AP poll each time.

"We haven't really played well there the last couple of years, and they knocked us off as No. 1 the last couple of years. So we're excited to go up there and play against them as a No. 1," Duhon said. "And they didn't really see the real Duke last year."

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