Last time Duke was not in the poll, NBC’s popular game show Deal or No Deal had wrapped its’ second season of shooting
Although they did get six votes to finish 33rd this week, their loss at Miami (Florida) last week dropped them out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since losing in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, when the Blue Devils were a No. 6 seed losing to No. 11 VCU. The streak was the fifth longest in history of the poll dating back to shortly after World War II at 167 straight weeks.
The last time Duke was not in the poll, these were the major news headlines that came across our TV screens:
- Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union
- Gordon Brown replaced Tony Blair as Prime Minister of Great Britain
- California Democrat Nancy Pelosi became the first woman House Speaker in history
- Peyton Manning wins MVP honors during Super Bowl XLI played in the rain of Miami, as Indianapolis upends Chicago 29-17
- Boston Red Sox sweep the underdog Colorado Rockies in that fall’s World Series
- For the first time ever, the same two schools that met for the football title met on the basketball hardwood for the national championship as Florida led by Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer edged out Ohio State, led by national Player of the Year Greg Oden in becoming the first team to repeat in basketball since the 1991-1992 Duke Blue Devils.