The Duke Blue Devils have been the fifth-ranked team in the nation for the past three weeks, but that changed quickly after a crazy week in college basketball.
A loss from the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks, in addition to Ohio State, Texas, and Pittsburgh falling apart last week, landed Duke at the top of the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls.
Why is this important?
Well, it means that #24 Temple will walk into Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday night to play the best team in the country in a nationally-televised game on ESPN2.
Despite winning eight in a row, the Owls will have their hands full against a Duke team that ranks 7th in nation in scoring with 83 points per game. An interesting stat, considering that Temple is 0-3 when allowing more than 75 points in a contest.
Temple will also likely be without Scootie Randall, who has an undisclosed foot injury. Check out Steve Whyno's article on Philly Sports Daily, which takes a deeper look into how the absence of Randall will affect the team going forward.
This news comes after forward/center Micheal Eric suffered a broken patella in practice last Tuesday that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. Do I know how to pack on the good news or what?!
It'll be a big hill to climb for Fran Dunphy's squad Wednesday night, but after a week where the country's top four teams all fell to lower-ranked opponents, anything is possible.
At least Temple isn't in Villanova's shoes… Jay Wright and the Wildcats will be playing four ranked teams to close out the regular season. They start that stretch tonight against Syracuse…