Jan 12, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack forward C.J. Leslie (5) celebrates after the game against the Duke Blue Devils at PNC Arena. North Carolina State won 84-76. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Wildcat Blue Nation Top 25: Duke Stays #1 even after defeat at NC State

Coming into this week of college basketball we had three undefeated teams, and on Thursday night one of those went down. Arizona went to Eugene to take on a very good Oregon team. The Ducks led by double figures most of the game, but a late run from Arizona made the score look closer than the game actually was. Oregon won 70-66, and was led in scoring by E.J. Singler who had 14 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Mark Lyons had 21 in the defeat for the Wildcats. Oregon made it into our top-25 this week, and they look to be a very dangerous team in March.

Earlier this week #1 Duke learned that Ryan Kelly’s foot injury was worse than they orginally thought, and he would miss the NC State game on Saturday. Ryan Kelly is a huge part of this Duke team, and may be the best overall player on the team so of course it was a HUGE blow for the Blue Devils going into a hostile environment. Duke hung tough even without Kelly, but CJ Leslie was just too much for the Duke defense. Leslie is a freak athlete, and has the ability to be the best big man in college basketball. NC State handed Duke their first loss of the season with a score of 84-76. CJ Leslie led NC State in scoring with 25 points. Seth Curry went down with an apparant left leg injury, but isn’t expected to miss any games.

Michigan was the last unbeaten team in America, and on Sunday they had a very difficult game on the road at Ohio State. Ohio State jumped out to a 29-8 lead in the 1st half, but Michigan would respond and only be down 12 at halftime. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr are the best backcourt in the nation, but they struggled with the Ohio State defense especially Aaron Craft. The second half was when the real Michigan ball club showed up, and made this a game. With five minutes left in the game Michigan had cut the led to two points before Deshaun Thomas hit a couple key baskets, and led Ohio State to a 56-53 win. The sophomore ended the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

  1. Duke
  2. Louisville
  3. Michigan
  4. Indiana
  5. Kansas
  6. Arizona
  7. Syracuse
  8. Minnesota
  9. Gonzaga
  10. Kansas State
  11. Florida
  12. Butler
  13. Ohio State
  14. SDSU
  15. NC State
  16. Creighton
  17. Missouri
  18. Illin0is
  19. New Mexico
  20. Marquette
  21. VCU
  22. Michigan State
  23. Oregon
  24. UCLA
  25. UCONN

Tags: CJ Leslie Deshaun Thomas Duke Blue Devils Michigan Basketball Ohio State Ryan Kelly Trey Burke

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