Duke, North Carolina, and Kentucky are Historically Absent from Latest Top 25 AP Poll

Duke UNC And UK Background

  • The NCAA released its Week 9 AP Top 25 Poll results on Monday.
  • Georgia, Baylor, Villanova, and Iowa are the Top 4 teams in the nation this week.
  • Duke, North Carolina, and Kentucky are all missing from the list for the first time since 1961.

Georgia topped the Week 9 AP Top 25 poll for the best college basketball teams in the nation, with Baylor, Villanova, and Iowa rounding up the Top 4 teams in Monday’s rankings. However, America’s three college basketball powerhouses were absent from the list.

In a historic note, Duke, Kentucky, and North Carolina are absent from the AP’s Top 25 rankings for only the 14th time in 1,213 polls spanning 59 years. According to ESPN, it’s also the first time that has happened since 1961. At that time, the rankings was just a Top 10 list. Since then, a combination of Kentucky, Duke, or North Carolina have been on the list.

Feeling Blue

Blue-blooded rivals Duke and North Carolina, whose campuses are located eight miles apart from each other and have a total of 11 NCAA men’s basketball titles between them, are struggling to stat the current NCAA basketball season.

The Blue Devils started the year ranked 9th and rose to as high as 6th and were 19th in last week’s AP Poll. However, after losing 74-67 at no. 2 Virginia Tech last Tuesday, they fell to 5-3 on the year, 3-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and outside the Top 25 for the first time since February 8, 2016.

The Tar Heels opened the year at no. 16 but have not been in the Top 25 since being no.17 last December 21, 2020. North Carolina lost to Florida State last Saturday and fell to 8-5 on the year, and 3-3 in ACC play. On the other hand, the Wildcats dropped to 4-8 on the season and just 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference after losing to Auburn last Saturday. With Kentucky also out of the Top 25 this week, it’s the first time since December 25, 1961 when none of these three college powerhouses are in the Weekly Top 25.

All three teams will resume play this week with Duke currently listed at online sportsbook SportsBetting.ag as a 2.5 point road betting favorite against Pittsburgh on Tuesday. On the other hand, Kentucky travels to Georgia on Wednesday while North Carolina hosts Wake Forest also on Wednesday.

702 Consecutive Weeks in the Poll

College basketball had gone 702 consecutive weeks with the Blue Devils and/or the Tar Heels in the Top 25. That streak is also over. The last time when neither Duke or North Carolina missed the AP Poll was was way back in 1982.

The 1982-83 season was Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s third season at Durham and the Blue Devils were never ranked that season. They finished the year with a record of 11-7 and interestingly, calls for Coach K’s ouster were heard. Athletics Director Tom Butters stuck with Kryzewski and he has gone on to win five NCAA titles and is the winningest collegiate coach ever.

UNC entered the 1982-83 NCAA season as the defending champions led by Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins. However, they started the season with an 4-3 record and fell outside the Top 25 on December 21, 1982. The Tar Heels went on an 18-game winning streak and became no. 1 in the poll by February 1, 1983. Since then, both UNC and Duke have appeared in every AP poll throughout 21 season.

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