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Duke Earns Top Spot In New NCAA Rankings

R.J. Barrett of Duke plays for the Blue Devils.

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 18: RJ Barrett #5 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a dunk against the Princeton Tigers during the second half of their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 18, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 101-50. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Duke Blue Devils won't return to the hardwood until next weekend, but it appears their recent performances are enough to keep them ranked above the rest of the nation.

Unlike other years, the college basketball selection committee is using the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings as one way to compare programs. With teams getting upset every week, the Blue Devils are finally on top of the competition.

While the majority of the attention goes to the dynamic duo of R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson, Tre Jones and Cam Reddish are arguably just as important for Duke's success. Nonetheless, the four freshmen are becoming one of the most lethal units in all of college hoops.

Although the Blue Devils are no longer undefeated this season, the past few wins over Princeton and Texas Tech have been impressive. In fact, they handed the Red Raiders their first loss of the year.

Clearly Duke has done just enough to rank above other powerhouse schools, which includes one major rival.

The top five currently consists of Duke, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Houston.

Here are the other programs rounding out the top 10 in the NET rankings:

The Blue Devils own an 11-1 record and will begin conference play very soon.

Duke will resume its season on Jan. 5, when it plays host to the Clemson Tigers.