Nolan Smith scored 28 points, and No. 5 Duke made its case to be the nation's top team with a 79-57 thumping of Georgia Tech at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The four teams in front of Duke in the rankings all lost this week, and the Blue Devils, who spent the first 10 weeks of the season in the No. 1 spot, may regain the post behind their sixth straight victory.
Maurice Miller and Iman Shumpert led Georgia Tech with 13 points apiece, but the Yellow Jackets (11-15, 3-9) dropped their sixth straight ACC game.