UNC women among 11 ranked teams to lose but Heels move up in AP Top 25

By R.L. Bynum

North Carolina, which was one of 11 ranked teams to lose last week, moved up one spot to No. 20 in the latest AP Top 25 women’s basketball poll.

UNC (14–2, 4–2 ACC) lost 70–65 Sunday at Notre Dame (13–3, 4–1) in the Tar Heels’ only game of the week. The Irish moved up one spot to No. 19 after also defeating Wake Forest (12–6, 2–5) 74–64 earlier in last week.

Three teams below Carolina in last week’s poll to lose were Colorado (stayed at No. 22) 60–52 against No. 2 Stanford; South Florida (was No. 24 and now unranked) 67–51 to unranked Central Florida; and Kansas State (was No. 25 and now unranked) 73–70 to No. 9 Iowa State and 64–45 to unranked Texas Tech.

In the coaches poll, UNC fell two spots to No. 20.

Mitchell Northam of WUNC, the only North Carolina-based AP poll voter, has State No. 3, Carolina No. 18 and Duke No. 21.

Voting the Tar Heels the highest at No. 16 was Danny Davis of the Austin American-Statesman. Four voters left UNC off their ballots: Brenda Van Lengen of ESPN, Mechelle Voepel of ESPN, Mike Carmin of the Journal & Courier in Lafayette, Ind., and Robert Cessna of the Bryan College Station Eagle in Bryan, Texas.

UNC is No. 4 in the NET rankings, No. 8 in the Massey Ratings, and No. 15 on RealTimeRPI.com. The NCAA tournament bracket projection of ESPN’s Charlie Creme has the Tar Heels as the No. 5 seed in the Greensboro Region, facing No. 12 Dayton in the first round in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Georgia Tech (13–4, 4–2), which won at Pittsburgh (10–7, 1–5) 63–52 and at home against Florida State (7–7, 1–3) 68–64 but lost 46–45 at Miami (9–5, 2–2), went from No. 15 to No. 18.

The Tar Heels visit the Yellow Jackets at noon Sunday (ACC Network) after they play at home against Virginia (3–10, 0–3) at 6 p.m. Thursday (ESPN3).

Duke (11–4, 2–3), which lost 65–54 at home to Virginia Tech (12–4, 4–1) and 84–60 at No. 4 N.C. State (16–2, 7–0), fell from No. 16 to No. 21.

The biggest ACC game this week is Thursday night’s top-4 matchup in Raleigh, with No. 3 Louisville facing the Wolfpack at 7:30 (ESPN).

The ACC still has six ranked teams, with Virginia Tech (12–4, 4–1) getting the 27th-most poll points.

AP Top 25

Others receiving votes: Ohio State 47, Virginia Tech 40, Oregon 23, Kansas State 18, South Florida 14, UCF 9, Missouri 8, DePaul 5, Kansas 4, South Dakota 3. (Point values in parentheses indicate the number of first-place votes).

ACC standings

UNC 100, N.C. State 80

DateScore, record/
day, time, TV
LocatonOpponent
(current rank(
November (6–0)
992–47 win, 1–0HomeN.C. A&T
1489–33 win, 2–0RoadCharlotte
1789–44 win, 3–0HomeAppalachian State
2179–46 win, 4–0RoadTCU
2672–59 win, 5–0Bimini, BahamasX — VCU
2758–37 win, 6–0Bimini, BahamasX — Washington
December (6–0, 2–0 ACC)
182–76 win, 7–0RoadY — Minnesota
593–47 win, 8–0HomeJames Madison
12107–46 win, 9–0HomeUNC Asheville
15Game canceledHomeJacksonville
1976–63 win, 10–0, 1–0 ACCRoadBoston College
2183–47 win, 11–0HomeAlabama State
3079–43 win, 12–0, 2–0HomeSyracuse
January (2–2, 2–2 ACC)
281–62 win, 13–0, 3–0 ACCHomeClemson
672–45 loss, 13–1, 3–1RoadNo. 4 N.C. State
971–46 win, 14–1, 4–1HomeVirginia Tech
1670–65 loss, 14–2, 4–2RoadNo. 19 Notre Dame
20Thursday, 6, ACCNXHomeVirginia
23Sunday, noon, ACCNRoadNo. 18 Georgia Tech
27Thursday, 7, ACCNXRoadNo. 21 Duke
30Sunday, TBA, ESPN or ACCNHomeNo. 4 N.C. State
February
3Thursday, 8, RSNRoadWake Forest
6Sunday, noon, ACCNHomeMiami
10Thursday, 6, ACCNXHomePittsburgh
13Sunday, 1, ACCNXRoadVirginia Tech
17Thursday, 6, RSNHomeNo. 3 Louisville
20Sunday, noon, RSNRoadFlorida State
24Thursday, 7, ACCNXRoadVirginia
27Sunday, TBA, ESPN2 or ACCNHomeNo. 21 Duke
March
2–
6
ACC TournamentGreensboro
CCNX — ACC Network Extra (ESPN3); ACCN — ACC Network; RSN — regional sports networks;
X —Goombay Splash; Y — Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Photo via @UNC_Basketball

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