Duke's men's basketball team is ranked third in the preseason USA Today top 25 coaches poll. Tobacco Road rival North Carolina checks in at No. 6.
With an infusion of young talent, including highly-touted center Jahlil Okafor, the Blue Devils lead the way for the ACC's five ranked teams.
In addition to No. 6 UNC, Virginia is ranked eighth, conference-newcomer Louisville is ninth and Syracuse in 24th.
Kentucky, coming off a 29-11 season and a Final Four appearance, is atop the poll, followed by Arizona. Wisconsin in ranked fourth while Kansas rounds out the top five.
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The USA Today poll is voted on by 32 Division I head coaches, including Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, High Point's Scott Cherry and Wofford's Mike Young.