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Tuesday February 22, 2011 12:01 am

Duke once again number one in the country with St. John’s ranked 25th

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Kudos, NCAA, College Baseball, News,

Nolan Smith and the Duke Blue Devils return to the topThe Duke Blue Devils once again regained the top spot in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll after the previous week's top four - Kansas, Ohio State, San Diego State, and Texas - all lost enabling the then fifth-ranked Blue Devils to jump to the top. However, the news of Duke being amongst college basketball's elite isn't news, but the St. John's Red Storm being ranked in the top 25 is news! The last time St. John's was ranked in the coaches poll was in 2000, but even more important, the last time they were in the NCAA Tournament was in 2002. Considering their record (17-9; 9-5 in the Big East), the Red Storm have a really good shot to make the party known as March Madness this year. Head coach Steve Lavin is in his first season as St. John's man on the sideline and has given the Red Storm faithful something to cheer about again. New York basketball isn't the same unless St. John's is doing well and considering the recent trade for Carmelo Anthony by the New York Knicks, it's safe to say that New York hoops is back in a big way.

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