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Deacs take over top spot; Duke No. 2

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For the first time since Chris Paul left for the NBA, Wake Forest is the No. 1 team in the country.

The Demon Deacons (16-0), the only undefeated team in college basketball, received 68 first-place votes to take the top spot in the AP Top 25 for the first time since November 2004.

Duke, which beat Georgetown on Saturday, got the other four first-place votes to give the ACC the top two spots. All four of the ACC teams in the rankings are in the top 10 — UNC (5) and Clemson (10).

Wake hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since Paul's college career ended after that 2004-05 season. Coach Dino Gaudio has his sights on a bigger prize than midseason rankings. 

"I told the team when we got off the bus on Saturday, 'If you guys are happy being No. 1 on Jan. 19, then you’re not the team I think you are,' " Gaudio told the AP.

Pitt, the No. 1 team for the previous two weeks, lost on Saturday at Louisville. The Panthers dropped to No. 4. The Big East also has four teams in the top 10 and eight in the top 25.

Wake and Duke are also No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the coaches' poll.

 

AP Top 25

 

1. Wake Forest (68)
2. Duke (4)
3. UConn
4. Pitt
5. UNC
6. Oklahoma
7. Michigan State
8. Syracuse
9. Louisville
10. Clemson
11. Marquette
12. Georgetown
13. UCLA
14. Texas
15. Xavier
16. Butler
17. Arizona State
18. Purdue
19. Notre Dame
20. Villanova
21. Minnesota
22. Memphis
23. Gonzaga
24. Florida
25. Illinois

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Thanks for giving the Deacs Props this week!

Thanks for highlighting the Deacs accomplishment this week. Seemed like Tudor wanted to downplay it. Dino & the team has come a long way and it is great to seem them play great D! I think this is a great thing for the conference to have 4 teams in the top 10! I hope the ACC gets a lot of teams in the tourney this year!

Quality wins out over quantity this week

It's great to see that 2 of the smallest schools, enrollment wise in the nation, are #1 & #2 in the latest polls. I think the only smaller school in Div 1 is Rice and they do it in Baseball every year.

#1

Congrats to Wake Forest. Very much deserving of that ranking.

I never thought!

You suprise a lot of people Wake is number one since I think the Tim Duncan era...correct me if I'm wrong. You coach is a solid vote for coach of the year after this accomplishment. Go Deacs!! ACC!! ACC!!

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Joe Giglio covers the ACC for the News & Observer, where he has worked since 1997.
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