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Duke vaults to No. 1 in the latest Power 24

Fresh off a Battle for Atlantis title in the Bahamas, Duke has vaulted to No. 1 on the s-curve in our Power 24.  It’s hard to argue the Blue Devils’ results: wins over two preseason No. 1 seeds (Kentucky and Louisville on neutral courts), along with quality victories over Minnesota and Virginia Commonwealth (VCU).  That’s a pretty impressive slate of early season wins.

Indiana – which opened No. 1 on the s-curve – is at No. 2, and would remain a No. 1 seed in the Midwest if we were putting together a new bracket projection.  The Hoosiers are followed by Louisville and Syracuse as projected No. 1 seeds (spots 3 and 4 on the curve).

Power 24 – November 26.

Remember, this year’s Power 24 is a reflection of the current s-curve rankings.  As such, the rankings are a little different than traditional polls.  That said, it’s worth noting that we still have a small sample size.  The s-curve is much more fluid now than it will be in February.  By then, we have more complete profile.  A quick start doesn’t guarantee success, and a less-than-ideal start isn’t a deal-breaker – especially for power conference teams.

On a quick note: Oklahoma State and Colorado are the most surprising newcomers to the Power 24.  And Illinois – with it’s Maui Invitational title – moved from just outside the bracket to No. 26 on the s-curve.  Wichita State has also made a big jump, coming in at No. 25, one spot from the Top 24.

Enjoy another great week of hoops!

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