The Blue Devils received 55 first-place votes and 1,613 points from a nationwide media panel, outdistancing Michigan State and Kansas State for the top spot. The Spartans and Wildcats also garnered first-place consideration.
Kansas was the top-ranked team at the start of last season.
•The Spartans were selected to finish first in the Big Ten, as voted upon by a panel of conference media. •The NCAA's Board of Directors voted to support a year-long study into the summer recruiting period rather than moving forward with a proposal from the Collegiate Commissioners Association that would have banned summer recruiting.
•The Pac-10 is combining its men's and women's tournaments for the first time in 2011, when the semifinal and title games will be played March 11-12 at Staples Center.