UNC still unranked in latest AP Top 25 men’s poll; Purdue No. 1

By R.L. Bynum

Carolina’s convincing 75–59 victory Saturday over Georgia Tech wasn’t enough to return the Tar Heels to the AP Top 25 men’s basketball poll or even convince any voters that they deserve to be ranked.

After only one voter, David Thompson of the Fayetteville Observer, had UNC (6–4, 1–1 ACC) on his ballot last week at No. 25 last week, the Tar Heels got left off of every ballot this week. The only ranked teams with more than two losses are No. 15 Gonzaga and No. 18 Illinois, both at 7–3.

One coach voted Carolina No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Tar Heels, No. 37 in the NET rankings, play host to The Citadel (5–4, 270 in the NET rankings) at 7 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN2) and face Ohio State (7–2, 31 in the NET rankings) in New York at the CBS Sports Classic at 3 p.m. Saturday (CBS). The Buckeyes moved up two spots to No. 23.

Carolina will seek its first Quad 1 win against the Buckeyes after losing its first four. The Tar Heels are unbeaten in all other games, 3–0 in Quad 2 games, 2–0 in Quad 3 games and 1–0 in Quad 4 games.

After the top two teams in last week’s poll lost (Houston, 9–1, which fell from No. 1 to No. 5 after a 71–65 loss to Alabama; and Texas, 7–1, which dropped from No. 2 to No. 7 after an 85–78 overtime loss to Illinois), Virginia (8–0) jumped a spot to No. 2 after a 55–50 win over James Madison.

Purdue (10–0), after beating Hofstra 85–66 and Nebraska 65–62, is the new No. 1 team.


Duke (10–2) moved up three spots to No. 12. Virginia Tech (10–1) debuted in the poll at No. 24 after beating Oklahoma State 70–65 and Miami (10–1) debuted at No. 25 following its 80–73 win over N.C. State.

Three teams ranked No. 20 or lower in last week’s ranking lost, including the Iowa State team that beat Carolina at the Phil Knight Invitational. The Cyclones fell from No. 20 to unranked after a 75–56 loss to rival Iowa.

Also losing last week was Creighton (which has dropped four consecutive games and fell from No. 21 to unranked after an 83–80 loss to BYU) and San Diego State (which went from No. 22 to unranked after a 68–61 loss to Saint Mary’s).

Maryland fell from No. 13 to No. 20 after losing to Wisconsin 64–59 and Tennessee 56–52.

AP Top 25

RankTeamChangePoll points
(first-place votes)
1Purdue (10–0)+31,508 (27)
2Virginia (8–0)+11,476 (19)
3UConn (11–0)+21,466 (15)
4Alabama (8–1)+41,326
5Houston (9–1)-41,224
6Tennessee (9–1)+11,189 (1)
7Texas (7–1)-51,173
8Kansas (9–1)-21,165
9Arizona (8–1)+11,096
10Arkansas (9–1)-11,029
11Baylor (7–-2)+1881
12Duke (10–2)+3840
13Kentucky (7–2)+3688
14Indiana (8–2)622
15Gonzaga (7–3)+3621
16UCLA (8–2)+3606
17Mississippi State (9–0)+6497
18Illinois (7–3)-1487
19Auburn (8–1)-8453
20Maryland (8–2)-7414
21TCU (8–1)+3270
22Wisconsin (8–2)255
23Ohio State (7–2)+2209
24Virginia Tech (10–1)109
25Miami (10–1)100

Others receiving votes: Memphis 74, Charleston 64, Marquette 39, Iowa State 39, Arizona State 39, UNLV 27, Xavier 26, Iowa 25, West Virginia 20, Saint Mary’s 15, Texas Tech 14, San Diego State 14, New Mexico 12, Utah 12, Creighton 11, Michigan State 5, Mississippi Valley State 4, Utah State 4, Kansas State 2.

UNC statistics

(current ranking)
28FridayW, 101–40Johnson C. Smith HomeExhibition
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:
No. 11
Iowa State
27SundayL, 103–101,
4 OTs
No. 3 Alabama
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
30WednesdayL, 77–65 No. 18 IndianaBloomington, Ind.5–3
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
4WednesdayW, 88–79Wake ForestHome10–5,
2–2 ACC
7SaturdayW, 81–64Notre DameHome11–5,
3–2 ACC
10TuesdayL, 65–58No. 8 VirginiaCharlottesville11–6,
3–3 ACC
14SaturdayW, 80–59LouisvilleLouisville, Ky.12–6,
4–3 ACC
17TuesdayW, 72–64Boston CollegeHome13–6,
5–3 ACC
21SaturdayW, 80–69No. 22 N.C. StateHome14–6,
6–3 ACC
24TuesdayW, 72–68SyracuseSyracuse, N.Y.15–6,
7–3 ACC
1WednesdayL, 65–64PittsburghHome15–7,
7–4 ACC
4SaturdayL, 63–57 DukeDurham15–8,
7–5 ACC
7Tuesday7 p.m.Wake ForestWinston-SalemESPN
11Saturday2 p.m.ClemsonHome ESPN2
13Monday7 p.m.No. 19 MiamiHomeESPN
19Sunday1 p.m.No. 22 N.C. StateRaleighESPN
22Wednesday9 p.m.Notre DameSouth Bend, Ind.ESPN or ESPN2
25Saturday6 or 8No. 8 VirginiaHomeESPN
27Monday7 p.m.Florida StateTallahassee, Fla.ESPN
ACC Tournament
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