Duke was No. 1 in the polls when they were released earlier today. They will not be there when the new polls come out next week.
The Blue Devils just lost 95-91 to unranked Syracuse in overtime. The Orange were coming off a 14-point home loss to Georgia Tech, and needed this win for a much-needed resume boost.
Syracuse had five players score in double figures, led by Tyus Battle’s 32 points. Pascal Chukwu produced an impressive 10-point, 18-rebound performance off the bench for the Orange.
On defense, Syracuse limited Duke to 9-of-43 three-point shooting. Zion Williamson scored 35 points, but fellow freshman R.J. Barrett shot just 8-of-30 from the field. Duke’s top three-point threat, junior Jack White, finished 0-for-10 from beyond the arc.
The Blue Devils played without freshman Cam Reddish, who missed the game with an illness. Point guard Tre Jones injured his right shoulder early on, and did not return.
DOWN GOES DUKE
Syracuse upsets No. 1 Duke, 95-91
Tyus Battle: 32 PTS, 4 REBS, 4 ASTS pic.twitter.com/r5L8d1Fkx4
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 15, 2019
For Duke, the lasting effects of this loss depend on the health of Jones. The freshman point guard is the catalyst for this team.
If he is out for an extended period of time, the Blue Devils will likely lose against No. 4 Virginia on Saturday, and could be in for plenty of struggles beyond that.
Syracuse, meanwhile, has had an up-and-down season thus far. Is this the win that gets the Orange playing with some consistency.
Michigan (17-0) is currently ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll. If the Wolverines finish this week unbeaten, they will likely be the new No. 1 team next Monday.