Duke Mens Basketball starts the season at No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports coaches poll. Make of pre-season rankings what you will, I’m sure many Duke fans along with myself are very leery of it. Last year with injuries and distractions this didn’t work out so well for the Blue Devils. Take it with a grain of salt and as a representation of the amount of talent that has matriculated to Durham. Not to curb enthusiasm but to be realistic in expectations, this team, even with the number 1 recruiting class, even with a pre-season All-American, a plethora of big men and the top point guard coming out of high school, will stumble at times.
This ranking affirms what we already know – the staff has done an amazing job in acquiring talent and retaining talent.