Devil of a Task; Which Team Will Hand Duke Its First Loss of the Season?

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Devil of a Task; Which Team Will Hand Duke Its First Loss of the Season?
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Through the first few weeks of the 2010 college basketball season, there aren't too many things that everyone can agree on.  But it's been hard to deny just how good the Duke Blue Devils have looked in the early going.

Sure, Marquette and Michigan State played them close and Butler made them sweat it out for about 35 minutes of action, but under Coach K's guidance, this Duke team has looked poised and made some extremely impressive early season statements. 

Along with those three wins, Duke also handily defeated a top five Kansas State team in a game that took place in Kansas City which was essentially a home game for the Wildcats.

When you combine how good they've performed early on with the amount of experience and talent on their team, it's only natural for there to be some talk of Duke running the table and possibly enjoying a perfect season. 

The last team to do so was the famed 1976 Indiana Hoosiers who were led by the infamous Bob Knight and finished their season with a perfect 32-0 record.

More recently, there have been a handful of teams that looked like they might have what it takes to accomplish this historic feat, including the 1991 UNLV Runnin' Rebels and the 2005 St. Joseph's Hawks both of whom completed perfect regular seasons only to lose in either their conference tournament or the NCAA Tournament.

And while there's little doubt that this 2010 Duke squad is a force to be reckoned with, today's news that Kyrie Irving will miss an indefinite amount of time is a huge blow to their chances of potentially running the table.

But the question becomes who will take down the Goliath that is the Duke Blue Devils?

Let's take a look at the rest of their schedule and see which teams are capable of handing the Blue Devils their first loss of the 2010-2011 college basketball season.     

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