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AP Poll: Week of 1/12

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Did the Tar Heels gain any traction in voting after two-straight wins?

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This season is just going to be weird for everyone. North Carolina’s men’s team had a game postponed over the weekend. The women’s team only just returned after a long absence. UNC is also far from the only school dealing with this either.

However, the AP Top 25 polls roll along despite that. Now that another week is in the books, let’s take a look at where things stand in the rankings.

Men’s Basketball

AP Top 25

  1. Gonzaga Bulldogs (63 first place votes)
  2. Baylor Bears (1)
  3. Villanova Wildcats
  4. Texas Longhorns
  5. Iowa Hawkeyes
  6. Kansas Jayhawks
  7. Michigan Wolverines
  8. Creighton Blue Jays
  9. Wisconsin Badgers
  10. Tennessee Volunteers
  11. Houston Cougars
  12. Clemson Tigers
  13. West Virginia Mountaineers
  14. Illinois Fighting Illini
  15. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  16. Louisville Cardinals
  17. Missouri Tigers
  18. Virginia Cavaliers
  19. Duke Blue Devils
  20. Virginia Tech Hokies
  21. Ohio State Buckeyes
  22. Oregon Ducks
  23. Minnesota Golden Gophers
  24. Saint Louis Billikens
  25. UConn Huskies

Where is UNC?

Despite the two-straight dramatic wins, the Tar Heels’ previous struggles have them not only out of the top 25, but receiving no votes. A win over now #12 Clemson would’ve gone away to change that, but alas the world had other plans.

Biggest Winners

The aforementioned Clemson team climbed seven spots after winning their third consecutive game, moving their overall record to 9-1. It was a good week for ACC teams moving up in general, as Virginia had the second biggest jump and is up four spots at #18.

Biggest Losers

No team dropped out of the top 25 week, meaning the biggest loser of the week was Minnesota, who took a seven spot fall, having lost three of the last four, albeit all to other ranked teams.

Conference Breakdown

  • AAC: 2
  • ACC: 5
  • Atlantic 10: 1
  • Big 12: 5
  • Big East: 2
  • Big Ten: 6
  • Pac-12: 1
  • SEC: 2
  • WCC: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #9 Wisconsin at #7 Michigan - Tuesday at 7 PM ET on ESPN
  • #13 West Virginia at #2 Baylor - Tuesday at 9 PM ET on ESPN2
  • #15 Texas Tech at #4 Texas - Wednesday at 9 PM ET on ESPN2

Women’s Basketball

AP Top 25

  1. Stanford Cardinal (29 first place votes)
  2. Louisville Cardinals
  3. NC State Wolfpack (1)
  4. UConn Huskies
  5. South Carolina Gamecocks
  6. Baylor Bears
  7. Texas A&M Aggies
  8. UCLA Bruins
  9. Maryland Terrapins
  10. Oregon Ducks
  11. Arizona Wildcats
  12. Kentucky Wildcats
  13. Michigan Wolverines
  14. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  15. Ohio State Buckeyes
  16. South Florida Bulls
  17. Arkansas Razorbacks
  18. Indiana Hoosiers
  19. DePaul Blue Demons
  20. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  21. Texas Longhorns
  22. Northwestern Wildcats
  23. Tennessee Volunteers
  24. Syracuse Orange
  25. Washington State Cougars

Where is UNC?

The Tar Heels returned to the court for the first time since December on Sunday night, but fell to Miami by 10 points. As a result, they took a pretty sizeable dip in top 25 votes. They were the unofficial #26 last week, but now received just one single vote this time around.

Biggest Winners

For the first time in program history, Washington State has cracked the AP Top 25 in women’s basketball. They snuck in by just a few ranking points after a 7-1 start, which includes a win over #11 Arizona.

Biggest Losers

Michigan State went from #23 to well out of the top 25 after losing games to Maryland and Nebraska.

Conference Breakdown

  • AAC: 1
  • ACC: 3
  • Big 12: 2
  • Big East: 2
  • Big Ten: 5
  • Pac-12: 5
  • SEC: 6
  • WCC: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #10 Oregon at #11 Arizona - Thursday at 7 PM ET on ESPN
  • #14 Mississippi State at #7 Texas A&M - Sunday at 1 PM ET on ESPN2
  • #3 NC State at #2 Louisville - Sunday at 3 PM ET on ESPN