The Duke men’s basketball team was ranked No. 1 in the Preseason Associated Press poll released on Monday, marking the eighth time in program history that the Blue Devils have claimed the top spot in the preseason rankings.
Duke’s eight preseason AP No. 1 rankings are the second-most in the history of the poll, as are its 128 total weeks as the AP’s top-ranked team. The Blue Devils have been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll 73 times since the start of the 1997-98 season, far and away the most in the nation.
The program has now been ranked No. 1 in a total of 20 seasons, including 12 of the last 19 years.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has led the program to the AP’s No. 1 ranking in 17 seasons, the most all-time. Under Coach K, Duke has played more games as the nation’s top-ranked team (218) than it has as an unranked team (145).
Coach K has a record of 190-28 (.872) in the top spot of the AP poll, marking the second-most games and wins in that position.
Duke opens the 2016-17 regular season when it hosts Marist on Nov. 11 for a 7 p.m. tip. Ryan Craig and Chris Spatola will have the call for ACC Network Extra and the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network will have the radio broadcast.