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Undefeateds Go Down

February 1, 2013
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Undefeateds Go Down

Cody Goggin

In college basketball, upsets happen. There are a lot of times that unranked teams can rise up and ruin the untarnished record of an elite program that is vying for the number one spot in the rankings. This year, it happened a lot in a short span of time. At the start of the new year, there were three undefeated teams. They were Duke, Michigan, and Arizona.

Duke had been tested thoroughly this year. With tests against teams like Kentucky, Louisville, and VCU, and a Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament title, it seemed like they were tournament ready. This year’s Duke team is loaded. They have two out of the three Plumlee brothers returning along with Curry and Cook. This team can shoot the lights out. They looked unbeatable until they had to travel across the state and take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The Wolfpack are a pretty good team and they will definitely make the NCAA tournament this year, but it was still unexpected when NC State stunned the Blue Devils by a score of 84-76 on January 12th. This will likely shake up the rankings.

Another undefeated team to lose early in the month was the Arizona State Wildcats. The Wildcats have not been matched up against the competition level that Duke has, however, they are still legitimate contenders and among the nation’s best. Being in the Pac-12 conference, most of the teams cannot stack up to the talent level of a top-tier college team, however, the Oregon Ducks made an exception to that on a cold night in January. Playing on their state of the art floor, the Ducks upset Arizona by a score of 70-66.

The last undefeated remaining was Michigan, although that did not last too long. The day after Duke went down and Michigan was set to take the number one spot in the rankings, Aaron Craft and the Ohio State Buckeyes came into Ann Arbor and stunned Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. by a score of 56-53.

These losses will not affect these teams all that much, but it could hurt their confidence, leading to a potential strand of more losses, or it could be a meaningless blemish on the resume of a champion.

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