The Blue Devils, who return three starters from last season's team and have what is considered one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, received 58 of the 65 first-place votes from the national media panel.
Kentucky, which had two No. 1 votes, is second, while
North Carolina, Xavier,
The last five ranked teams are
The first time Duke was a preseason No. 1 was 1978-79 and the most recent was 2010-11.
“It is always an honor to be ranked No. 1,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We understand that no teams have played a regular season game at this point, so many things can and often do change throughout the course of a college basketball season. Certainly, we're excited that people think highly of our team, and the
The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten are tied with five ranked teams each while the
The NCAA ruled that