For the first time since 1994, Duke has cracked the polls.
After their 48-30 win over Miami, the Blue Devils (8-2, 4-2 in the ACC) are ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press poll. Duke received 94 votes. The first team outside the poll, Minnesota, received 77.
In the aftermath of the win over the Hurricanes, a few of the Blue Devils were asked if they thought they should be ranked. David Cutcliffe, who votes in the Coaches’ Poll, confirmed he would be voting for his team. Duke was 24th in that poll.
“I’d like to see us there, if the media sees fit,” senior offensive guard Dave Harding said. “But this team is not just a fluke. We play hard, we come ready to play every day.”
Duke, which has won six in a row, controls its own destiny for the ACC Coastal Division title. There are tiebreaker scenarios that would still send Duke the the championship game in Charlotte if they lose next week to injury-riddled Wake Forest (4-6, 2-5) next Saturday at noon (ESPN2), but the Blue Devils would be eliminated, regardless of anything else, with a loss in the season finale at North Carolina.
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