UNC falls in AP Top 25 women’s poll after Ohio State upset Tennessee

By R.L. Bynum

Ohio State leapfrogged over Carolina in the latest AP Top 25 women’s poll after upsetting Tennessee, dropping the Tar Heels one slot to No. 13.

The Buckeyes (2–0) went from No. 14 to No. 8 after an 87–75 home victory over Tennessee (1–1), which tumbled No. 5 to No. 11. Monday night, the Lady Vols lost 79–67 at home to future Carolina road opponent Indiana, which dropped a spot to No. 12.

UNC (2–0), which beat Jackson State 91–59 and TCU 75–48 at home last week, faces South Carolina State (0–3) at Carmichael Arena at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

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South Carolina (2–0) remained the unanimous No. 1 after beating East Tennessee State 101–31 and Maryland 81–56.

ACC teams in the top 10 are Louisville (3–0), who moved from No. 7 to No. 6, Notre Dame (2–0), which stayed at No. 9, and N.C. State (3–0), which stayed at No. 10. Also in the poll is Virginia Tech (2–0), which fell one spot to No. 14.

The Wolfpack visits No. 5 Connecticut (1–0) at 1 p.m. Sunday (FS1).

New to the poll are No. 22 Nebraska, No. 24 Villanova and No. 25 Utah.

Mitchell Northam of WUNC, the only North Carolina-based voter, had Virginia Tech No. 5, N.C. State No. 6, UNC No. 7, Louisville No. 8, Notre Dame No. 12 and Miami No. 21.

Northam was one of six voters who had UNC in the top 10: David Cloninger of The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., (No. 7; he has N.C. State No. 17), Alex Simon of the San Jose Mercury News (No. 7; he has State No. 19), Kevin Tresolini of Delawareonline.com (No. 8),
Stefan Krajisnik of the Clarion-Ledger (No. 9) and Stu Durando of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (No. 9).

Danny Davis of the Austin American-Statesman had UNC the lowest at No. 17 and three voters had the Tar Heels No. 16.

AP Top 25

RankTeamChangePoll points
(1st-place votes)
1South Carolina (2–0)750 (30)
2Stanford (4–0)716
3Texas (1–0)660
4Iowa (3–0)637
5UConn  (1–0)+1614
6Louisville (3–0)+1580
7Iowa State (2–0)+1543
8Ohio State (2–0)+6509
9Notre Dame (2–0)493
10N.C. State (3–0)478
11Tennessee (1–1)-6441
12Indiana (2–0)-1415
13North Carolina (2–0)-1413
14Virginia Tech (2–0)-1369
15LSU (3–0)+1336
16Oklahoma (2–0)-1310
17Baylor (2–0)+1275
18Arizona (2–0)+1243
19Maryland (2–1)-2219
20Creighton (2–0)+1187
21Oregon (2–0)-1180
22Nebraska (2–0)91
23Michigan (2–0)+273
24Villanova (2–0)60
25Utah (3–0)40

Others receiving votes: UCLA (31), South Dakota State 15, Kansas 13, Miami 11, Belmont 7, Gonzaga 5, Ole Miss 5, DePaul 4, Princeton 4, South Florida 4, Georgia 4, Kansas State 3, Florida 3, Alabama 2, Duke 2, Washington State 2, Drake 2, UCF 1. Point values in parentheses indicate the number of first-place votes.


DateMonth/dayTime/scoreOpponent/event
(current ranking)
LocationTV/record
November
9Wednesday91–59Jackson StateHome1–0
12Saturday75–48TCUHome2–0
16Wednesday93–25South Carolina StateHome3–0
20Sunday76–65James MadisonHarrisonburg, Va.4–0
Phil Knight Invitational
24Thursday85–79No. 18 OregonPortland5–0
27Sunday73–64No. 5 Iowa State Portland6–0
DecemberACC/Big Ten Challenge
1Thursday6 p.m.No. 6 IndianaBloomington, Ind.Big Ten Network
7Wednesday6 p.m.UNCWHomeACCNX (ESPN3)
11Sunday1 p.m.WoffordHomeACCNX (ESPN3)
16Friday6 p.m.South Carolina – UpstateHomeACCNX (ESPN3)
Jumpman Invitational
20Tuesday7 p.m.No. 22 MichiganCharlotteESPN2
ACC season begins
29Thursday8 p.m.Florida StateHomeRSN
January
1Sunday4 p.m.No. 11 Virginia TechBlacksburg, Va.ACCN
5Thursday6 p.m.MiamiCoral Gables, Fla.ACCNX (ESPN3)
8Sunday4 p.m.No. 7 Notre DameHomeACCN
12Thursday7 p.m.VirginiaCharlottesville, Va.ACCNX (ESPN3)
15Sunday3:30No. 13 N.C. StateHomeESPN
19Thursday8 p.m.DukeHomeACCN
22Sunday4 p.m.Georgia TechHomeACCN
26Thursday6 p.m.PittsburghPittsburghACCNX (ESPN3)
29Sunday4 p.m.ClemsonClemsonACCN
February
2Thursday6 p.m.VirginiaHomeRSN
5SundayNoonNo. 10 LouisvilleLouisvilleESPN2
9Thursday7 p.m.SyracuseSyracuseACCNX (ESPN3)
12SundayNoonBoston CollegeHomeACCNX (ESPN3)
16Thursday8 p.m.No. 13 N.C. StateRaleighACCN
19Sunday4 p.m.Wake ForestHomeACCN
23Thursday8 p.m.No. 11 Virginia TechHomeRSN
26SundayNoonDukeDurhamRSN
March
ACC Tournament
1–5Wednesday–SundayTBATBAGreensboroACCN Wed.-Sat.; final on ESPN or ESPN2
You can buy tickets to home games here. ACCN means the game air on ACC Network. ACCNX means that the game is only streaming on ACC Network Extra (ESPN3.) RSN means the game airs on regional sports networks (in many cases, Bally Sports but also MASN, NESN and Yes Network.)

Photo courtesy of UNC Athletics Communications

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