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AP Poll: Week of 1/19

Both UNC basketball teams are still unranked after up and down weeks.

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

After a bad stretch to end 2020, UNC men’s basketball continue to show some signs of improvement to start 2021. They had won three-straight games before a loss to Florida State, but they fought hard in a losing effort.

As for the women’s basketball team, they’ve had an interrupted season, due to, you know. Since they’ve gotten back on the court, they’ve dropped a couple games.

So has either of the recent teams’ play gotten them any traction in the AP Top 25 polls?

Men’s Basketball

AP Poll

  1. Gonzaga Bulldogs (62 first place votes)
  2. Baylor Bears (2)
  3. Villanova Wildcats
  4. Iowa Hawkeyes
  5. Texas Longhorns
  6. Tennessee Volunteers
  7. Michigan Wolverines
  8. Houston Cougars
  9. Kansas Jayhawks
  10. Wisconsin Badgers
  11. Creighton Blue Jays
  12. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  13. Virginia Cavaliers
  14. West Virginia Mountaineers
  15. Ohio State Buckeyes
  16. Virginia Tech Hokies
  17. Minnesota Golden Gophers
  18. Alabama Crimson Tide
  19. Missouri Tigers
  20. Clemson Tigers
  21. Oregon Ducks
  22. Illinois Fighting Illini
  23. UConn Huskies
  24. UCLA Bruins
  25. Saint Louis Billikens

Where is UNC?

After the loss to Florida State, UNC still isn’t cracking the “others receiving votes” neverminded the top 25. A win over FSU, who isn’t ranked but came close, might’ve at least gotten them some votes, but alas.

Biggest Winners

After seven consecutive wins with an average margin of victory of 16.5, Alabama are all the way up to #16 after being unranked last week. Ohio State and Minnesota also had big jumps, each moving up six spots.

Biggest Losers

Louisville followed the exact opposite path to the Crimson Tide, going from #16 to unranked thanks to their loss to Miami. Clemson and Illinois had the next biggest fall, each dropping eight spots.

Conference Breakdown

  • AAC: 1
  • ACC: 3
  • Atlantic 10: 1
  • Big 12: 5
  • Big East: 3
  • Big Ten: 6
  • Pac-12: 2
  • SEC: 3
  • WCC: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #23 UConn at #11 Creighton - Saturday at 2:30 PM ET on FOX
  • #19 Missouri at #6 Tennessee - Saturday at 8:30 PM ET on SEC Network
  • #12 Texas Tech at #14 West Virginia - Monday at 9 PM ET

Women’s Basketball

AP Poll

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

Where is UNC?

After a second consecutive loss, the Tar Heels have fallen from the “others receiving votes” list. They’re scheduled to take on #23 Syracuse today, and a win could help them get back on some voters’ ballots.

Biggest Winners

Thanks to their 12-0 start and Stanford’s loss over the weekend, Louisville are #1 in the AP Women’s Basketball Top 25 for the first time in school history. The biggest jump of the week belongs to Georgia, who moved up four spots and is in the rankings at #22.

Biggest Losers

Thanks to the aforementioned Stanford loss, the Cardinal went from #1 down to #5. That’s not the biggest fall of the week however, as Mississippi State are down five spots after getting blown out by Texas A&M

Conference Breakdown

  • AAC: 1
  • ACC: 3
  • Big 12: 2
  • Big East: 2
  • Big Ten: 5
  • Pac-12: 4
  • SEC: 7
  • WCC: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #3 UConn at #25 Tennessee - Thursday at 7 PM ET on ESPN
  • #6 UCLA at #5 Stanford - Friday at 10 PM ET on Pac-12 Network
  • #7 Maryland at #17 Ohio State - Monday at 7 PM ET on ESPN2