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Duke easily takes top spot in AP's preseason men's basketball poll

Updated at 3:55 p.m.

Duke has been crowned the preseason men's basketball national champion, easily taking the top spot in the Associated Press men's poll.

Okay, so there's no such thing as the preseason men's basketball national championship; this is just the first ranking of the top 25 college teams. Still, the Blue Devils crushed Michigan State (second place) and Kansas State (third), receiving 55 of 65 first-place votes in the media poll.

North Carolina, was ranked eighth and Virginia Tech 21st, marking the third time the Hokies have been ranked in the initial voting. Maryland was excluded from the preseason 25; you can vote here on that matter.

Corrected from earlier version that said North Carolina was the only other ACC team ranked. Virginia Tech is in the ACC.

By Cindy Boren  | October 28, 2010; 2:12 PM ET
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"North Carolina, at No. 8, was the only other ranked ACC team...which means that Maryland was excluded from the 25. (Vote here on that matter.)

Virginia Tech is 21st, marking the third time the Hokies have been ranked in the initial voting."

With VT ranked in the top 25 and being in the ACC, Duke and UNC were not the only ACC teams ranked in the preseason.

Posted by: cm44 | October 28, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

@cm44, I was thinking the same thing. I guess sometimes it's easy to forget that VaTech hasn't been in the Big East since 2004?

Posted by: mcnabb1 | October 28, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather be ranked #1 at the end of the season than the beginning. Season is a long slog, but I like Duke's chances of repeating (again!).

Posted by: dcborn61 | October 28, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

This writeup mentions Virginia Tech, ranked at 21, but still isn't worded right.

Virginia Tech is also in the ACC.

Posted by: postfan1 | October 28, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

My bad. Correcting now. Thanks, guys!

Posted by: Cindy Boren | October 28, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Seriouasly folks, i have a better chance at finally getting anal from my wife this weekend than the pukies have of winning it again. Who do they theink they are, the Gators?

Posted by: ursofakingdumb1 | October 28, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Um, you do know that the Hoyas were ranked 20 and that they are a local team, right?

The bias of this newspaper in favor of MD and against G'town never ceases to amaze me.

Posted by: njacobs | October 28, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with njacobs......when will you guys give the Hoyas love? This is the Washington Post, not the PG Gazette.

Posted by: NYC_Hoya | October 28, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Since 1949 only 21 teams that were ranked #1 at the beginning of the year won the championship.

Of the repeat performers; UCLA did it 8 times. Kentucky 3. San Francisco, Indiana, North Carolina and Duke 2. The last team to do it was Duke in 2001.

My deep loathing for the team aside, they have a chance. But, thankfully, not a big one.

Posted by: topwriter | October 28, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Two things:

First, njacobs states: "The bias of this newspaper in favor of MD and against G'town never ceases to amaze me."

When did G'town enter the ACC? League status was the context of the article. Not hometown affiliation. If anything your beef is their favoritism (not bias -there's a difference) towards the ACC.

Second, NYC_Hoya asks "...when will you guys give the Hoyas love?"

When will the Hoyas win the NCAA title again? It's been 26 years, dude. 26 years. And, out of fear of revealing my bias, it's only been 8 since the Terps won. So I guess it's a matter of "what have you done, lately"?

And, if you'll recall, the Hoyas were well ranked last year too, and then imploded in a weak conference, while the Terps were unranked and got further in March than the Hoyas.

It's the Washington Post, not The Hoya.

Posted by: topwriter | October 28, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse


The ACC was NOT the context of the article, as both Michigan State and Kansas are mentioned solely in comparison to the #1 votes they got vs. Duke. So that point is bogus right there.

While your point about when the Terps won vs. when the Hoyas won is technically correct, it is also irrelevant. Are you suggesting that Sports coverage be based on post-season success?

As a reminder, it's the Washington Post, NOT the Durham (NC) Herald-Sun. Or the College Park Whiny Nancy Boy Afraid to Play the Hoyas Daily Times.

Posted by: njacobs | October 28, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Did UC Berkeley have to cut sports? NO! UC Berkeley’s Leadership Crisis
UC Berkeley’s recent elimination of popular sports programs highlighted endemic problems in the university’s management. Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians in Sacramento, since they stopped giving him every dollar he has asked for, and the state legislators do share some responsibility for the financial crisis. But not in the sense he means.

A competent chancellor would have been on top of identifying inefficiencies in the system and then crafting a plan to fix them. Competent oversight by the Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him to provide data on problems and on what steps he was taking to solve them. Instead, every year Birgeneau would request a budget increase, the regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, and the problems just piled up to $150 million of inefficiencies….until there was no money left.

It’s not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste and inefficiencies in the system. Faculty and staff have raised issues with senior management, but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3 million) consultants, Bain & Company, to tell him what he should have been able to find out from the bright, engaged people in his own organization.

From time to time, a whistleblower would bring some glaring problem to light, but the chancellor’s response was to dig in and defend rather than listen and act. Since UC has been exempted from most whistleblower lawsuits, there are ultimately no negative consequences for maintaining inefficiencies.

In short, there is plenty of blame to go around. But you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. An opportunity now exists for the UC president, Board of Regents, and California legislators to jolt UC Berkeley back to life, applying some simple check-and-balance management principles. Increasing the budget is not enough; transforming senior management is necessary. The faculty, Academic Senate, Cal. Alumni, financial donators, benefactors and await the transformation.
The author, who has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at University of California Berkeley, where he was able to observe the culture and the way the senior management operates.

Posted by: Moravecglobal | October 28, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

In the past 2 years, K's teams have won a gold medal, an NCAA championship, and a world championship. I'd say he's on a roll.

Posted by: Corn_Laden | October 28, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

UNC will win. Duke has nothing on the Tarheels!

Posted by: DavidTR | October 28, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Duck Fuke!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | October 28, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

"As a reminder, it's the Washington Post, NOT the....College Park Whiny Nancy Boy Afraid to Play the Hoyas Daily Times.


I'll assume you're afflicted with youth, ignorance, stupidity, or some combination of the three. In the first place, it's the Thompsons, father and son, coaches of the Hoyas for 33 of the last 38 years, who have never wanted to schedule Maryland. They'd rather play the St. Leos of the world. In the second place, the two schools have played only one regular-season game since 1980, and that was played at Georgetown's then-home court at the old Capital Centre. The next game should be played in College Park, after which we would discuss a home-and-home arrangement.

Posted by: 74umgrad1 | October 29, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

I am afflicted solely with being a passionate Hoyas fan. And thankfully, I am not afflicted with a bizarre grasp of the truth. While the Cap Center was where Hoyas "home" games were played and the Verizon center is where "home" games are played now, neither is an on-campus arena a la what Maryland has. So the notion that a Hoyas home game has already been played is wrong. So it is vastly easier for UMD students to get to the game than it is for GU students. As a 20+ year season ticket holder I can tell you the complexities of how it is done.

The central stumbling point is Gary Williams' refusal to concede that point, as well as his refusal to, if the game were to be played on MD's campus, to provide more tickets for GU fans.

So in other words, as usual, Gary isn't playing fair.

Finally, please take a look at GU's pre-Big East schedule for the last several years and you will see games against Memphis and others. So your notion that GU only plays the patsies of the world is equally wrong.

They're call facts. Get some.

Posted by: njacobs | October 29, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

"I am afflicted solely with being a passionate Hoyas fan."

You garner sympathy. I'll play a tiny fiddle.

"And thankfully, I am not afflicted with a bizarre grasp of the truth."

Let's analyze that...

"While the Cap Center was where Hoyas "home" games were played and the Verizon center is where "home" games are played now, neither is an on-campus arena a la what Maryland has.

So what? Are you referring to Comcast center? Cole Field House wasn't too different in scope than what McDonough Arena offered at that time. They were both small time antiquated mid-50's arena's. Remember Cole? The venue they played in during the period of time you're referring to? Perhaps not...

"So the notion that a Hoyas home game has already been played is wrong."

Your grasp of the truth seems to be predicated upon self-rationalization then. Nobody cares what you have to go through to get to a game. Fans just do it, happily. Cry-babies complain about it and blame Gary. Get some facts? fine. The facts: It was a Hoya home game @ Cap Centre, I was there, the crowd was an equal mix Hoya & Terp alike, MD won and Joe Smith owned you for a day.

Before Verizon Center and Nats baseball & after RFK, DC sports fans were/are faced w/ one indelible truth. You have to travel to PG. Yes. We all think that sux too.

Posted by: ButzBestSkinEver | October 31, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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