Doesn't take long for the vultures to start circling, does it?
The news of Duke's death, is, however, entirely premature.
In this day and age of parity, or at least perceived parity, an undefeated season would be a truly remarkable feat. Four teams keep that dream alive, at least for now. As the Duke Blue Devils may find out, now isn't necessarily a bad time to lose one.
With the loss of Kyrie Irving, Duke looks similar to last year's team in terms of style of play. And while they may have a few more perimeter options, the interior needs to contribute consistently at both ends of the floor. In their four conference games, the Duke bigs have been invisible.
Still, it's hard to say there are teams that are better. Kansas is unbeaten, having throttled Iowa State by five and destroying Nebraska by three. San Diego State has been impressive, winning 19 in a row to date. Syracuse looks strong as well, with a date with once-beaten Pitt looming.
Everyone is going to lose at some point. It's the rebound that counts.
Just for fun though, here is a short list of some teams that could give the Dukies some trouble.