UNC, already No. 1 in AP poll, also tops preseason coaches poll

By R.L. Bynum

North Carolina, already preseason No. 1 in the AP Top 25, added Tuesday the top ranking in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Tar Heels garnered a lower percentage of first-place votes (71.8%) than in the AP poll (79%), 23 of 32, followed by No. 2 Gonzaga with five, No. 4 Kentucky with three and No. 3 Houston with one. In the AP poll, UNC got 49 of 62 first-place votes, with No. 2 Gonzaga getting 12, No. 4 Kentucky two and No. 3 Houston one.

Carolina, which advanced to the NCAA championship game last season, plays a home exhibition game at 7:30 Friday night against Johnson C. Smith (ACC Network Extra/ESPN3) before opening the season at 9 p.m. on Nov. 7 against UNC Wilmington.

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The only other ACC teams in the preseason coaches poll are No. 8 Duke and No. 18 Virginia, the identical positions for both in the AP poll.

The only difference in the top 12 of both polls is that Baylor is tied for No. 5 in the AP poll and No. 6 in the coaches poll. Indiana, which UNC visits in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 30, is No. 13 in the AP poll but No. 14 in the coaches poll.

The ACC voter in the poll is Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.

Preseason Coaches Poll

RankTeamPoll pointsFirst-place votes
1North Carolina77823
2Gonzaga7595
3Houston7131
4Kentucky6973
5Kansas6600
6Baylor6320
7UCLA5600
8Duke5520
9Creighton5000
10Arkansas4980
11Tennessee4860
12Texas4490
13Arizona3520
14Indiana3340
15Auburn3180
16Texas Christian3170
17Villanova3000
18Virginia2870
19Alabama1760
20San Diego St.1730
21Oregon1280
22Michigan1220
23Illinois1150
24Texas Tech1070
25Dayton750

Others receiving votes: Purdue 44; Texas A&M 37; Miami-Florida 31; Connecticut 31; Michigan St. 29; Providence 22; Iowa 22; Syracuse 13; Florida State 13; Virginia Tech 9; Southern California 9; Saint Mary’s 8; Wyoming 7; Wisconsin 7; UAB 6; Ohio St. 5; Florida 5; Iowa State 4; Xavier 3; Toledo 2; Rutgers 2; Drake 2; Boise St. 1.

DateMonth/dayTime/scoreOpponent/event
(current ranking)
LocationTV/record
October
28FridayW, 101–40Johnson C. Smith HomeExhibition
November
7MondayW, 69–56UNCWHome1–0
11FridayW, 102–86College of CharlestonHome2–0
15TuesdayW, 72–66Gardner-WebbHome3–0
20SundayW, 80–64James MadisonHome4–0
Phil Knight Invitational
24ThursdayW, 89–81First round: PortlandPortland5–0
25FridayL, 70–65Semifinals:
Iowa State
Portland5–1
27SundayL, 103–101,
4 OTs
Consolation:
No. 18 Alabama
Portland5–2
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
30Wednesday9:15 No. 11 IndianaBloomington, Ind.ESPN
December
4Sunday3 p.m.Virginia TechBlacksburg, Va.ACCN
10Saturday3:15Georgia TechHomeESPN
13Tuesday7 p.m.The CitadelHomeESPN2
CBS Sports Classic
17Saturday3 p.m.Ohio StateNew YorkCBS
Jumpman Invitational
21Wednesday7 MichiganCharlotteESPN
30 Friday TBAPittsburghPittsburghACCN
January
4Wednesday9 p.m.Wake ForestHomeACCN
7Saturday11:30 a.m.Notre DameHomeESPN2
10Tuesday9 p.m.No. 5 VirginiaCharlottesvilleESPN or ESPN2
14Saturday2 p.m.LouisvilleLouisville, Ky.ESPN
17Tuesday7 p.m.Boston CollegeHomeRSN
21Saturday5 p.m.N.C. StateHomeACCN
24Tuesday9 p.m.SyracuseSyracuse, N.Y.ESPN
February
1Wednesday7 p.m.PittsburghHomeACCN
4Saturday6:30No. 8 DukeDurhamESPN
7Tuesday7 p.m.Wake ForestWinston-SalemESPN or ESPN2
11Saturday2 p.m.ClemsonHomeESPN or ESPN2
13Monday7 p.m.MiamiHomeESPN
19Sunday1 p.m.N.C. StateRaleighESPN
22Wednesday9 p.m.Notre DameSouth Bend, Ind.ESPN or ESPN2
25Saturday6 or 8No. 5 VirginiaHomeESPN
27Monday7 p.m.Florida StateTallahassee, Fla.ESPN
March
4Saturday6 or 6:30No. 8 DukeHomeESPN
ACC Tournament
7–11Tuesday-SaturdayTBATBAGreensboroTBA
If tickets for home games are available, you can purchase them here. ACCN means the game airs on ACC Network. RSN means the game airs on regional sports networks (in many cases, Bally Sports but also MASN, NESN and Yes Network.)

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