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Banged-Up Duke Showing A Lot Of Grit

Banged-Up Duke Showing A Lot Of Grit

When the latest Top 25 college basketball polls are released Monday, Duke will not remain ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation. This doesn't mean a team can't learn and show plenty about itself during the early days of the season.

Nor does it mean that Duke isn't the best team in the country.

Yet before everybody starts drooling about how deep and terrific the Blue Devils will be after injured freshmen Harry Giles, Marques Bolden and Jayson Tatum get into Mike Krzyzewski's rotation, save a little awe for the fortitude of, oh, the 4.5 players who beat back No. 21 Rhode Island, 75-65, Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena.

URI figured to be a tough out for Duke in the championship...