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UNC moves up to #9 in the Week 13 AP Poll

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Back in the top 10!

North Carolina v Miami Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

In a week where only three teams received first place votes and the top six spots in the AP Poll were unchanged UNC managed to sneak back into the Top 10 with their win over the former #10 team, Virginia Tech. While UNC had over a week off following that win, their next week is jam-packed. Hopefully they play well enough to stay put.

Here’s what the AP rankings look like for week 13:

AP Top 25

1. Tennessee (48)

2. Duke (12)

3. Virginia (4)

4. Gonzaga

5. Michigan

6. Michigan State

7. Kentucky

8. Nevada

9. North Carolina

10. Marquette

11. Kansas

12. Virginia Tech

13. Houston

14. Villanova

15. Louisville

16. Texas Tech

17. Purdue

18. Buffalo

19. LSU

20. Iowa State

21. Maryland

22. Mississippi State

23. NC State

24. Wisconsin

25. Florida State

Where is UNC?

The Tar Heels moved up two spots from #11 to #9 with their big win over the Hokies at home. They are also the highest ranked team with four losses, which probably isn’t very surprising considering three of the four teams they lost to are in the top 15.

Biggest Winners

Louisville has done a great job of making UNC’s loss to them at home not look so bad in the time since they won in the Dean Dome. The Cardinals jumped eight spots in this week’s poll after winning their fifth game in a row including a game against #21 (at the time) NC State. Purdue picked up the most spots in this week’s poll, moving up nine spots after knocking off #6 Michigan State.

Biggest Losers

It was a bad week for Maryland. They lost to Michigan State, which might have been understandable, but they followed that up with a loss to unranked Illinois in College Park. That sent them tumbling eight spots down the rankings. Auburn also fell out of the top 25 entirely from #16 with three straight losses including one to unranked South Carolina.

On the Outside Looking In

Auburn, Cincinnati, and Washington are the first three teams outside of the Top 25 this week. None of them are particularly close to moving into the standings with the Tigers trailing Florida State by 56 votes. It’s not insurmountable by any means, though.

Conference Breakdown

  • ACC: 7
  • Big Ten: 5
  • SEC: 4
  • Big 12: 3
  • Big East: 2
  • American: 1
  • MAC: 1
  • Mountain West: 1
  • WCC: 1

Top 25 Games This Week

  • #21 Maryland at #24 Wisconsin - 2/1 at 9 pm ET
  • #12 Virginia Tech at #23 NC State - 2/2 at 12 PM ET
  • #9 North Carolina at #15 Louisville - 2/2 at 2 PM ET
  • #16 Texas Tech at #11 Kansas - 2/2 at 4 PM ET
  • #15 Louisville at #12 Virginia Tech - 2/4 at 7 PM ET