Duke Basketball: Blue Devils No. 4 in Preseason AP Poll

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The Duke basketball team finds itself in a familiar position entering the 2014-15 season – near the top of the Preseason AP Poll.

The poll was released Friday morning and the Blue Devils are the No. 4 team in the country.

The Kentucky Wildcats took the top spot, followed by Arizona at No. 2 and Wisconsin at No. 3. This poll is relatively consistent with what we’ve seen from most preseason polls around the country, with all four programs being in some order as the Top 4 teams in the country.

Duke is joined by three other ACC schools in the Top 10, with No. 6 North Carolina, No. 8 Louisville and No. 9 Virginia.

Syracuse is the conference’s final member of the Top 25 as the Orange are ranked 23rd in the poll.

For the Blue Devils, it’s another sign of the confidence people have in Mike Krzyzewski’s ability to successfully incorporate an elite freshman class into this season’s team.

Based on Coach K’s comments over the past few weeks, this year’s team will be built around freshman center Jahlil Okafor, who is also being tabbed by many as a Preseason All-American and National Player of the Year candidate.

Duke begins play on November 4 at Cameron Indoor Stadium with an exhibition game against Livingstone. The Blue Devils officially kick off the regular season on Friday, November 14 as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic with a home game against Presbyterian.

Also, kudos to Tommy Amaker and his Harvard team for taking the No. 25 spot in the poll!

What do you think of the preseason rankings? Is Duke too high? Too low? Let me know on Twitter – @davidmaldridge.

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David Aldridge

David Aldridge

David has been a die hard fan of Duke Basketball since the 1990's, when Coach K and the Blue Devils slapped the floor and made their way into his heart. During his playing days, David perfected his role on his basketball team as being the guy who would hold everyone on the bench back after a teammate would make a clutch shot. He once played N.C. State legend David Thompson in a game of H-O-R-S-E. David won.

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