Carolina still No. 1 in AP men’s poll, but lead over Gonzaga cut

By R.L. Bynum

Carolina held the top spot in the latest AP Top 25 men’s basketball poll, but its lead in first-place votes over No. 2 Gonzaga fell from 35 votes to 30.

The Tar Heels (2–0) won home games against UNC Wilmington 69–56 and College of Charleston 102–86, with preseason ACC player of the year Armando Bacot scoring 28 points. The Zags (2–0) beat North Florida 104–63 but barely knocked off unranked Michigan State 64–63.

UNC’s first-place votes went from 47 in the preseason poll to 44 and Gonzaga went from 12 to 14. The Tar Heels play host to Garner-Webb at 8 o’clock Tuesday night (ACC Network).

In the USA Today Coaches Poll, Carolina went from leading Gonzaga by 18 first-place votes in the preseason poll to a 15-vote edge.

Houston (2–0) held at No. 3 in the AP poll after wins over Northern Colorado (83–36) and Saint Joseph’s (81–55) and went from one first-place vote to two. Kentucky (2–0), after wins over Howard (95–63) and Duquesne (77–52), held at No. 4 and went from two first-place votes to none.

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Duke (2–0), which stayed at No. 7 after home wins over Jacksonville (71–44) and South Carolina Upstate (84–38), plays in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night against reigning NCAA champion Kansas (2–0), which fell one spot to No. 6 after beating Omaha 89–64 and North Dakota State 82–59.

Virginia (2–0) moved up two spots to No. 16 after home wins over N.C. Central (73–61) and Monmouth (89–42). The school canceled the Cavaliers’ scheduled home game Monday night against Northern Iowa after the shooting deaths of three Virginia football players.

Ranking UNC the lowest at No. 9 was Brian Holland of the WVLA-TV and WGMB-TV in Baton Rouge, La. David Jones of Penn Live in Dowington, Pa., has Carolina No. 5 and three voters have the Heels No. 3. All other voters have Carolina No. 1 or No. 2.

All three North Carolina-based voters have Carolina No. 1. C.L. Brown, the UNC beat writer for The News & Observer, has Duke No. 7 and Virginia No. 13. David Thompson of the Fayetteville Observer has Duke No. 6 and Virginia No. 17. Jordan Crammer of WNCN has Duke No. 5 and Virginia No. 15.

Tennessee had the biggest slide, going from No. 11 to No. 22 after losing 78–66 in Nashville to unranked Colorado.

Villanova fell from No. 16 to unranked after a 68–64 loss at Temple.

New to the poll are Texas A&M at No. 24 and Connecticut at No. 25.

AP Top 25

RankTeamChangePoll points
(first-place votes_
1North Carolina (2–0)1,543 (44)
2Gonzaga (2–0)1,497 (14)
3Houston (2–0)1,439 (2)
4Kentucky (2–0)1,394 (3)
5Baylor (2–0)1,253
6Kansas (2–0)-11,218
7Duke (2–0)1,216
8UCLA (2–0)1,138
9Arkansas (2–0)+11,059
10Creighton (2–0)-11,036
11Texas (2–0)+1932
12Indiana (2–0)+1867
13Auburn (2–0)+2724
14Arizona (2–0)+3694
15TCU (2–0)-1630
16Virginia (2–0)+2590
17San Diego State (2–0)+2524
18Alabama (2–0)+2436
19Illinois (2–0)+4316
20Michigan (2–0)+2308
21Dayton (2–0)+3280
22Tennessee (1–1)-11264
23Texas Tech (2–0)+2190
24Texas A&M (2–0)131
25UConn (2–0)124

Others receiving votes: Michigan State 119, Purdue 104, Villanova 96, Miami (FL) 61, Saint Louis 47, Xavier 44, Ohio State 36, Oregon 36, Iowa 36, Memphis 20, Virginia Tech 13, Colorado 11, Arizona State 9, Toledo 8, Rutgers 8, Saint Mary’s 7, Florida 5, UC Irvine 4, Grambling State 4, Seton Hall 3, Penn State 1. Point values in parentheses indicate the number of first-place votes.


DateMonth/dayTime/scoreOpponent/event
(current ranking)
LocationRecord
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. 1 Alabama
Portland5–2
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
30WednesdayL, 77–65 No. 21 IndianaBloomington, Ind.5–3
December
4SundayL, 80–72 Virginia TechBlacksburg, Va.5–4,
0–1 ACC
10SaturdayW, 75–59Georgia TechHome6–4,
1–1 ACC
13TuesdayW, 100–67The CitadelHome7–4
CBS Sports Classic
17SaturdayW, 89–84, OTOhio StateNew York8–4
Jumpman Invitational
21WednesdayW, 80–76MichiganCharlotte9–4
30 Friday L, 76–74PittsburghPittsburgh9–5,
1–2 ACC
January
4WednesdayW, 88–79Wake ForestHome10–5,
2–2 ACC
7SaturdayW, 81–64Notre DameHome11–5,
3–2 ACC
10TuesdayL, 65–58No. 14 VirginiaCharlottesville11–6,
3–3 ACC
14SaturdayW, 80–59LouisvilleLouisville, Ky.12–6,
4–3 ACC
17TuesdayW, 72–64Boston CollegeHome13–6,
5–3 ACC
21SaturdayW, 80–69N.C. StateHome14–6,
6–3 ACC
24TuesdayW, 72–68SyracuseSyracuse, N.Y.15–6,
7–3 ACC
February
1WednesdayL, 65–64PittsburghHome15–7,
7–4 ACC
4SaturdayL, 63–57No. 12 DukeDurham15–8,
7–5 ACC
7TuesdayL, 92–85Wake ForestWinston-Salem15–9,
7–6 ACC
11SaturdayW, 91–71ClemsonHome 16–9,
8–6 ACC
13MondayL, 80–72No. 16 MiamiHome16–10,
8–7 ACC
19SundayL, 77–69N.C. StateRaleigh16–11,
8–8 ACC
22WednesdayW, 63–59Notre DameSouth Bend, Ind.17–11,
9–8 ACC
25SaturdayW, 71–63No. 14 VirginiaHome18–11,
10–8 ACC
27MondayW, 77–66Florida StateTallahassee, Fla.19–11,
11–8 ACC
March
4SaturdayL, 62–57No. 12 DukeHome19–12,
11–9 ACC
ACC tournament
8WednesdayW, 85–61Boston CollegeGreensboro20–12
9ThursdayL, 68–59No. 14 Virginia Greensboro20–13

Photo via @UNC_Basketball

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