DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke men's basketball is ranked No. 8 overall in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25, extending its consecutive weeks ranked streak to an NCAA-best 97 straight weeks. The Blue Devils have now been ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll in 94 consecutive weeks.
Duke returns 10 letterwinners, including four starters, from last year's team that finished 27-7 overall and 13-3 in ACC play. The Blue Devils are led by the senior trio of Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee, who combined to average 36.1 points, 17.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game last season.
Duke also returns three more players with starting experience in point guards Quinn Cook and Tyler Thornton and veteran post Josh Hairston. In addition, the Blue Devil rotation will feature redshirt freshmen Alex Murphy and Marshall Plumlee as well as newcomers Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon.
Indiana grabbed the No. 1 spot in AP preseason Top 25 with Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State and Michigan in the top five and N.C. State, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse and Florida round out the top 10.
The ACC landed four teams in the top 25 with North Carolina (No. 11) and Florida State (No. 25) joining Duke and N.C. State.
The Blue Devils have seven games scheduled against teams ranked in the top 25 of the preseason poll, including tilts against No. 3 Kentucky (Nov. 13), No. 4 Ohio State (Nov. 28), No. 6 N.C. State (Jan. 12 & Feb. 7), No. 11 North Carolina (Feb. 13 & March 9) and No. 25 Florida State (Feb. 2). Duke could also face No. 2 Louisville and/or No. 17 Memphis during the Battle 4 Atlantis (Nov. 22-24).
Duke opens exhibition play on Saturday, Oct. 27 with a home contest against Western Washington and will also play Winston-Salem State on Nov. 1 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Both games will be broadcast by the Blue Devil Network - www.goduke.com/bdn.
The Blue Devils open regular season play on Friday, Oct. 9 against Georgia State. The game is slated to tip-off at 7 p.m. and will be shown on ESPNU. Duke has won 12 straight season openers and 30 of 32 lid-lifters under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
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2012-13 AP Preseason Top 25
4. Ohio State
6. N.C. State
11. North Carolina
14. Michigan State
20. San Diego State
22. Notre Dame
25. Florida State