It has been a down year for three of the four blue-blood programs this season.
North Carolina has also been struggling for the second straight season. The Tar Heels sit at 8-5 on the season and .500 in conference play.
And to top it off, Duke has also been having an atypical season, sitting at 5-3 on the season and 3-1 in conference play. This week, the Blue Devils fell out of the AP Top 25 rankings for the first time since Feb. 8, 2016.
This has led to all three of Kentucky, Duke, and North Carolina to be unranked at the same time for the first time since the 1961 season. And back then, only 10 teams were in the AP Poll, so in essence, this is the first time ever that the three blue-bloods weren’t in the AP Top 25.
Just a truly insane stat that shows just how dominant these three programs have been and the stranglehold that they have all collectively had on the sport of college basketball.
However, the college game has evolved from the one-and-done method, reverting back to the olden days of needing some upperclassmen to get the job done.
Will these three be back in the mix of things come next year, or is this a sign of things to come?
Today's poll is the 1,213th in AP history and just the 14th time that Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina are all unranked.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 18, 2021
The last time that happened was on Dec. 18, 1961 - when only 10 teams were included in the AP Poll each week. pic.twitter.com/OZ8pRtnCie