For the first time since March 3, Duke came up short Wednesday night.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski's No. 1 Blue Devils lost 66-61 to unranked Florida State after 25 consecutive wins, 16 of them this season. But, as SI.com's Luke Winn relates, Coach K was not surprised that his team's streak came to an end with point guard Kyrie Irving out of the lineup since early December.
"I've said all along that we're not a great team since Kyrie's injury," Krzyzewski said, "but we've got a chance to be a good team, and we have to learn what this team can do."
Since the star freshman was sidelined with a toe injury, the Blue Devils have looked more and more vulnerable. They may still be the best in the ACC, but tournament time could be another story.
Their matchup with the Seminoles was their first true road test after easy nonconference victories over Kansas State and Oregon.
With Duke's winning streak coming to an end, who should move up the ranks to take the No. 1 spot in the next AP Top 25 poll? The two likely candidates appear to be Ohio State (with wins over Florida and Florida State) or Kansas (with wins over Cal and Michigan).
Up tonight: pro and college hoops. (All times Eastern.)
Miami Heat at Denver Nuggets (10:30 p.m., ESPN)
In the midst of Carmelo Anthony's uncertain future with Denver, the Nuggets will take on a possibly LeBron James-less Heat at the Pepsi Center.
No. 8 Purdue at Minnesota (7 p.m., ESPN)
The Boilermakers are looking for their first 5-0 Big Ten start since the 1989-90 season.
By the Numbers
62: Number of games football coach Les Miles has won at LSU. Miles recently signed a seven-year contract extension after talk (again) of a possible move to Michigan.
5: Number of candidates the Denver Broncos have expressed interest in for their head coaching position.
$3.4 million: Value of outfielder Ryan Raburn's new two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers.