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UNC basketball - AP Top 25: Week 17

The Tar Heels move up to number five in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll.

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

In the final week of the regular season, fans are already getting prepared for the upcoming conference and NCAA tournaments, while teams are trying to secure their spot in the tournament or improve their seed line.

The final undefeated team remaining, Gonzaga, suffered a home loss to BYU, which shuffled up the top part of this week’s poll. The ACC remains the dominant conference in the country with seven teams in the AP poll, while the Pac-12 has three teams in the top ten.

Let’s take a closer look at this week’s AP Top 25 Poll for basketball.

AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Kansas (58) 26-3
  2. Villanova (2) 27-3
  3. UCLA (3) 26-3
  4. Gonzaga (2) 29-1
  5. North Carolina 25-5
  6. Oregon 26-4
  7. Arizona 26-4
  8. Louisville 23-6
  9. Kentucky 24-5
  10. West Virginia 23-6
  11. Baylor 23-6
  12. Florida 23-6
  13. Butler 23-6
  14. SMU 25-4
  15. Florida State 23-6
  16. Purdue 23-6
  17. Duke 22-7
  18. Cincinnati 25-4
  19. Notre Dame 22-7
  20. Saint Mary’s 23-6
  21. Wichita State 27-4
  22. Wisconsin 22-7
  23. Virginia 19-9
  24. Iowa State 19-9
  25. Miami 20-8

Where is UNC?

The Tar Heels moved up three spots to number 5 in this week’s AP Poll. The Heels were ranked as high as number 2 by nine writers this week, thanks in part to a home victory over Louisville.

Bracketology Update...

Joe Lunardi (ESPN) - #1 Seed in South (Note: Has Kansas, Kentucky, Duke in the same region.)

Jerry Palm (CBS Sports) - #1 Seed in South

Shelby Mast (USA Today) - #1 Seed in South (Note: Has Monmouth vs. Duke in first round. If King Rice were to win this hypothetical matchup, you could go ahead and give him the “UNC Coach-In-Waiting” title.)

Best Top 25 Games of the Week

Friday (3/3)

#24 Iowa State at #10 West Virginia

Saturday (3/4)

#17 Duke at #5 North Carolina - This is really the only one that should be listed in this section.

#19 Notre Dame at #8 Louisville

#25 Miami at #15 Florida State

College Basketball Pollercoaster

Moving Up

Butler (9 spots), Florida State (4 spots), Wichita State (4 spots)

Moving Down

Duke (7 spots), Wisconsin (6 spots), Virginia (5 spots)

Moving In

Iowa State, Miami

Moving Out

Creighton, Maryland

Conference Breakdown

ACC - 7 teams

American Athletic - 2 teams

Big East - 2 teams

Big Ten - 2 teams

Big 12 - 4 teams

Missouri Valley - 1 team

Pac-12 - 3 teams

SEC - 2 teams

West Coast - 2 teams