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Gunnstigator Jan 16, 10:00 p.m.
This is exactly why I don't think losing to State on the road was all that bad for Duke. There's not many teams in the ACC that will beat Duke; they just happened to play one on the road last Saturday.
Dudeanonymous Jan 16, 7:20 a.m.
Maryland will be a big test for NCSU.
Curry is fine. Just a mild ankle sprain. I believe he'll play but may be limited against GT.... Kelly is out indefinitely. No certain timetable, but I think he'll be out for at least 3-4 more weeks. There is a rumor he may not return at all... but that's just a rumor floating around. Coach K usually stays quiet about injuries.
caearly009 Jan 15, 2:59 p.m.
I'm very happy State made a big jump in the national rankings! The season is only beginning in January so plenty of basketball left to go. To be able to sustain this effort and level of play will be key for how far this team will go. Next test- the Terps!
Seems like Duke should rebound easily since the loss came early on in conference play. I don't see the Yellow Jackets giving you much of a problem in Durham on Thursday night. Any time table for the return of Curry and Kelly?
conrad27713 Jan 15, 2:42 p.m.
Lowe can coach, but not in college as K cannot in the NBA.
And i cannot believe how you guys think that Kelly would have made that much of a difference,who was he going to guard, CJ or Howell ? Because Plumlee had a tough time trying to guard both of them, and his foot movement is a whole lot faster than Kelly. So please stop dreaming, your Dookies just to a good team, my wolfpack, and it should have happen last yr in cameron.
903 mens national championships Jan 15, 1:10 p.m.
Duke beat 8 teams in the Top 100 before losing to State. That's why they didn't drop much. If they don't lose again before Selection Sunday, they will still get the #1 overall seed. Seeding isn't based on where you're ranked, it's based on the full body of work.
903 mens national championships Jan 15, 1:08 p.m.
It might have happened after Duke beat the 2005 Sean May/Felton team. Before that, Wojo's senior day over UNC in 98. But I'm not 100% sure.
Gunnstigator Jan 15, 8:17 a.m.
The current rankings make sense. I was wondering if Duke would slip at all since Michigan lost as well. Duke lost to a ranked team, on the road, so they shouldn't have slipped further than #3, and State deserves to have moved up significantly in the rankings IMHO. While no team wants to lose a game, this loss does take the pressure off Duke to remain undefeated, and the win gives State something to build on.
Gunnstigator Jan 15, 8:14 a.m.
I think Brown is very important to State as well. He's become very skilled running the point. Howell is a beast, and CJ can slice his way to the basket even when he's being double teamed. With State having five to six players scoring in double figures, they're very tough to beat.
Toddler10-21 Jan 15, 4:04 a.m.
Hokie you made some good points. I think the 6 players that get the minutes for State, none can be replaced. Especially Brown. If Brown goes out who will run the point? Lewis hasnt showed much at all. Too slow, cant guard, cant shoot, cant break a defense down, not strong enough. He has alot of work to do over the summer. But I still like the the kid, and think he will be a solid player. Who else can play the point? Maybe Purvis? As for sportnutz, again Duke has never rushed the court during a regular season game? No one will answer that question.
mac240 Jan 14, 10:09 p.m.
Number 1 or 3 or 103...I'm still a Duke fan!
Sauras69 Jan 14, 9:30 p.m.
I'm trying to follow you on here since this afternoon. Did you change your name on here? I have been on here since 07, and I'm sorry; I don't even remember seeing your name. Please enlighten all of us.
Sauras69 Jan 14, 9:15 p.m.
Really. You really believe this? I grew up outside Winston-Salem. I played, coached, principal of high schools not far away. Homer Thompson. Tom Muse. You're too young to even know these two guys. "0-28 says it all for me." Grow up. Read. Comprehend.
kkevin7048 Jan 14, 8:48 p.m.
I have to agree with you on this one 100%........UNC or Duke could be 0-28 by end of season and still be in the top 5 or even #1 spot.
Sauras69 Jan 14, 8:21 p.m.
Duke was not going to go undefeated this season. It's a given that no team can do this. Wake up call for K and his team. Coach Gott has done well with his team. Some are Sid's ol boy's too. CJ leslie finally had his head straight in this game. Let's see if he can do this consistently. Wood can't play any defense. Teams will attack his slow of feet. Howell is the glue for this team. Not Brown.
rfred16 Jan 14, 8:10 p.m.
Agreed....Jefferson already has shown he can and will contribute this year. The State game really solidified his role on the team..Once Kelly is back, to then be able to throw Jefferson in to rest the starters will not be a step down as it might have been with others...He will see more and more minutes as the season progresses...That will give Duke 3 solid subs....Hairston, Thorton, and now Jefferson..
Unc r Hypocrits Jan 14, 8:10 p.m.
Sauras69 Jan 14, 8:02 p.m.
Hey 903. I see that you have loads of comments on here. What was your previous handle or name on WRAL Sportsfan? Heck. I'm just trying to keep up on here anymore. I know that you changed your name on here to keep these numbers. Heh. Best guess. Hope your team wins. Come back and tell us on this esteemed Sportsfan. Time is 8:08 PM. Knock it out of the park. Curious.
Sauras69 Jan 14, 7:48 p.m.
Duke should get the subs more minutes. State shot the lights out in this one. Duke will be OK. Coach K should get some lessor team members to get some minutes. Coach K likes to play 7-8. Duke and UNC will bounce back. Coach K will coach them upward.
grayboomerang Jan 14, 6:37 p.m.
I'm totally a State fan....but, I am still happy to see Duke is in the Top Three. Coach K and the Duke team are class acts. Their fans have great sportsmanship attitudes..unlike most of the "light blue" population...who just come on here to sling mud.
randrmomanddad Jan 14, 6:34 p.m.
State and Duke are talking National Championship must be JANUARY.!!!
randrmomanddad Jan 14, 6:23 p.m.
Who is cheating in ACC hoops???
FAN72 Jan 14, 6:21 p.m.
I find it very amusing so many UNC fans attack the NC State fans for being excited and optimistic about this basketball season. Just because we have been mediocre or worse for years does not mean we should settle for mediocrity. The assumption that we should not have high expectations and support our improved status is very telling. Sure UNC and Duke have more banners and years of excellence, but that doesn't mean State shouldn't aspire to reach the same goals. The arrogance of some posters is like the stench of a dead skunk. It sticks around for a long, long time.
Alex25 Jan 14, 6:15 p.m.
As it should be for the Largest U in the 4 state area, leader of STEM and the most useful curricula in NC.......................
Alex25 Jan 14, 6:14 p.m.
And NCSU did this withOUT C-h-e-a-t-i-n-g.
randrmomanddad Jan 14, 5:49 p.m.
Take a picture, it'll last longer.!!!
foghat001 Jan 14, 5:41 p.m.
It's so nice to see State back in the "black." We loved your playing Sid, but a coach you were not.
Until Kelly gets back on the court, I'm worried about my Devils. Coach K needs to work that team so that one man is not the lynchpin.
Deacons Jan 14, 5:33 p.m.
Exactly right. I hate it when a fan from a rival cannot acknowledge a good win. jgunn is the only UNC fan that has the class to do that. If UNC beats Duke I will congratulate them because UNC is so bad that they would deserve to be congratulated.
Deacons Jan 14, 5:30 p.m.
Well your team is awful, almost as bad as Wake
heelbilly Jan 14, 5:22 p.m.
ole yeah break out the national championship banners ...
Big Mike Jan 14, 5:22 p.m.
At some point in the near future...they will pass each other going in opposite ranking directions..
charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 14, 5:19 p.m.
Duke should still hold the #1
Nope! NC State is going to be #1. This is going to be a great year to remember.
charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 14, 5:05 p.m.
DUKE WILL BE FALLING THIS YEAR; 2013.
early exit Roy Jan 14, 5:00 p.m.
I think State is a top 10 team. If unc had a 14-2 record where do you think they woulod be? Right #1. All based on name, just like Notre Dame football.
charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 14, 4:59 p.m.
Duke should still hold the #1 or 2 ranking.
Maybe this is the year they will fall at hit the #10 spot. That would be absolutely great. I notice coach K was not thrilled that NC State won. The look on his face was priceless.
tsquaring Jan 14, 4:55 p.m.
Duke should still hold the #1 or 2 ranking.
early exit Roy Jan 14, 4:55 p.m.
I would appreciate it if you would come to the game and stand on the court facing the crowd like your guys do at unc games. That's pompous. You should be behind the unc bench in case huck goes off on another person in attendance. I bet you one thing, Gottfried will not leave the court early. He has more class than that.
903 mens national championships Jan 14, 4:48 p.m.
Oh, by the way, no one in the ACC fears UNC or Duke anymore wait until they play FSU and Miami. Oh, thats right Carolina has already played Carolina.
You mean Carolina has already played FSU?
Your point would probably be stronger that "no one in the ACC fears UNC or Duke anymore" if FSU had beaten UNC on Saturday.
dws Jan 14, 4:47 p.m.
Georgia Dome. April 8. Be there Pack and win the last game of the season!
cowbmattison Jan 14, 4:40 p.m.
Yeah like Matt Jones & Jabari Parker.
A Pack Fan Jan 14, 4:38 p.m.
Great win for the Pack Saturday. I am sure they will continue to go up in the rankings with more wins in the near future.
charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 14, 4:37 p.m.
no one in the ACC fears UNC or Duke anymore
Love that comment. But if they really focus, maybe they can be the top winner in the end.
lec02572 Jan 14, 4:36 p.m.
Its only an upset because State has not been there in so many years. They have the talent to play with anyone in the country if they stay focused and play their game. You might want to get use to it. Recruits are here and more are coming to compete. Oh, by the way, no one in the ACC fears UNC or Duke anymore wait until they play FSU and Miami. Oh, thats right Carolina has already played Carolina.
charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 14, 4:35 p.m.
DUKE one game is all you will get,
don't be so sure. they may get the next one from NC State.
903 mens national championships Jan 14, 4:34 p.m.
By not given them the benefit of the doubt (that injured players are gonna be available at 100% in March/April), you're making an assumption that Duke isn't getting them back at all and that wouldn't be fair to Duke.
cowbmattison Jan 14, 4:33 p.m.
State really wants to win a National Championship badly. I hate to tell you that beating DUKE one game is all you will get, so I don't blame the fans for storming the court like that because that's what people do after beating the best.
Got Peart Jan 14, 4:32 p.m.
Got no problem with State's ranking, nor with Duke's ranking. Duke's had a monster schedule and taken care of business except for Saturday. I'm a State fan, and excited about that game - as any team that beats the #1 team would be. This game though was sort of a statement game - proving ourselves to those that questioned whether we were as good as the hype led everyone to believe. Honestly - still don't know if we have answered that question. Our performance against MD will go a long way towards answering that.
As for Duke - I think Kelly's injury is a long term bonus for them. Jefferson played great (really wish he'd come to STate), and I think adding him into th erotation once Kelly comes back will be huge.
Long way to go - but State is actually ahead of where I thought we'd be. :)
charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 14, 4:31 p.m.
Just glad NC State beat DUKE. Proves that Duke is not really #1.
TVs_Deceit Jan 14, 4:24 p.m.
I understand "body of work" being a consideration, but at what point should "current status" take precedence?
The poll isn't supposed to be about "potential", it's supposed to be about where a team is currently.
If a #1 team lost all five starters for 4 weeks due to a bus accident, should they still be ranked high?
Should Dookie be ranked high just because if Kelly and Curry heal well the team will have the potential to be a force again?
Every team can argue "potential".. what matters is the current abilities. Without Kelly and a slowed-down Curry, Dookie is not #3, and it's not fair to other teams to give them the benefit of the doubt simply due to future suppositions.
DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 14, 4:06 p.m.
Actually, State jumped 6 spots. That's huge! You drop a lot more when you lose, than you climb up when you win. State jumped some teams to get to #14. They won't jump too many teams from this point on. Teams will have to lose for State to move above them from this point on.
Dudeanonymous Jan 14, 4:03 p.m.
Duke is worthy of being #3 in the country. One loss to a notoriously up and down team isn't going to knock them out of the Top 10. Just wait til Wednesday night and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03