Duke Rises To No.1 In Both Polls

For the first time in nearly three seasons the Duke Blue Devils sit atop the national rankings as the AP and ESPN/USA Today coaches' polls were released on Monday afternoon.

Fresh off victories over NC State and Maryland, Duke earned 30 of 31 first place votes from the coaches and 62 of 72 in the AP. The Blue Devils have not been ranked No. 1 since March 13, 2006 when they finished the 2005-06 regular season in the top spot.

And while the luster of being the nation's top team settles in on this group of Blue Devils, so does the realization of having quite a large target on their backs - something head coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledged after Saturday's victory over the Terrapins.

"It's the first time for this group," Krzyzewski said. "We talked about it last week – just don't worry about anything, let's just play, and it's the same thing we'll tell them going into this next week. It's an honor and it says that you're playing real well. You don't get anything from it except a big headline when you lose. For now, it's cool, and someone can say we're No. 1 for a little bit, it's a big thing."

The first big test and potential for that headline comes Wednesday when Duke will travel to Winston Salem to face No. 4 Wake Forest.


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