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UK, Duke and North Carolina make history in latest AP Poll

Three blue-bloods are not fairing so well this season.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a down year for three of the four blue-blood programs this season.

Kentucky, obviously has been struggling since the season began and has been unranked since their losses to Kansas and Georgia Tech in early December.

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?

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