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Give it to the Devils

With Williams back, Duke is SI's No. 1

Duke, Duke, Duke. That's all there is to say in looking ahead at the 2001-02 season. Sports Illustrated picks the defending champs as the top team in its preseason Top 20, though there are a few surprises mixed in behind the Blue Devils -- check out Kent State at No. 15 and Western Kentucky at No. 20. Either way, it looks like we're in for another year of Duke atop the national rankings and the ACC standings.

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ACC | Can anyone catch the Blue Devils?
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C-USA | Sept. 11 death gives Pitino perspective
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Knight starting over in new home at Texas Tech
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