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After the road win over Duke, where did UNC land in top 25 voting?

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It was a big weekend for both North Carolina basketball programs.

On Saturday, the men went into Cameron Indoor Stadium to renew the rivalry with Duke. They came out with a win as they continue to try and turn things around

Not to be outdone, the women then took down #4 NC State at home, giving the Wolfpack their second loss of the season. It’s been an up and down season for the Heels, but that was an incredible up.

With both of those wins now in the books, let’s check in on what’s going on with the teams in top 25 voting.

Men’s Basketball

AP Top 25

  1. Gonzaga Bulldogs (55 first place votes)
  2. Baylor Bears (8)
  3. Michigan Wolverines
  4. Ohio State Buckeyes
  5. Villanova Wildcats
  6. Illinois Fighting Illini
  7. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  8. Houston Cougars
  9. Virginia Cavaliers
  10. Missouri Tigers
  11. Alabama Crimson Tide
  12. Oklahoma Sooners
  13. Texas Longhorns
  14. West Virginia Mountaineers
  15. Iowa Hawkeyes
  16. Tennessee Volunteers
  17. Florida State Seminoles
  18. Virginia Tech Hokies
  19. Creighton Blue Jays
  20. USC Trojans
  21. Wisconsin Badgers
  22. Loyola Chicago Ramblers
  23. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  24. Purdue Boilermakers
  25. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Where is UNC?

The Heels are still in the “others receiving votes, but have made some progress. Not much, but they did improve on last week. UNC now has eight voting points, up from three previously. They’re now 57 points behind current #25 Rutgers.

Biggest Winners

There were a couple big increases this week, the biggest belonging to Missouri. The Tigers beat #10 Alabama, and are now into the top ten themselves. It’s the first time they’ve been this high since 2012-13. Other teams with big jumps are Illinois, Texas Tech, and USC, who all moved up six spots.

Biggest Losers

Texas and Iowa both dropped out of the top ten and fell seven spots each thanks to a losing streak for both. The Longhorns have now lost three in a row, while the Hawkeyes have taken Ls in two-straight, including one to unranked Indiana.

Conference Breakdown

  • AAC: 1
  • ACC: 3
  • Big 12: 6
  • Big East: 2
  • Big Ten: 7
  • Missouri Valley: 1
  • Pac-12: 1
  • SEC: 3
  • WCC: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #14 West Virginia at #7 Texas Tech - Tonight at 9 PM ET on ESPN
  • #5 Villanova at #19 Creighton - Saturday at 5 PM ET on FOX
  • #9 Virginia at #17 Florida State - Monday at 7 PM ET on ESPN

Women’s Basketball

AP Top 25

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

Where is UNC?

Despite the win over NC State, the Heels still didn’t receive any votes in the latest poll. Unfortunately, three straight losses and six of seven prior to the win over the Wolfpack hampered any chance they had of cracking the top 25.

Biggest Winners

South Carolina benefitted from the Heels’ win, moving up to #1. Had UNC not pulled off the upset, State would likely be there after they had beaten Louisville earlier in the week.

Biggest Losers

State goes in this category based on what UNC did, but the Wolfpack are actually exactly where they ended up in last week’s poll. Kentucky had the biggest drop of the week, falling five spots.

Conference Breakdown

  • AAC: 1
  • ACC: 2
  • Big 12: 2
  • Big East: 2
  • Big Ten: 5
  • Missouri Valley: 1
  • Pac-12: 4
  • SEC: 6
  • Summit League: 1
  • WCC: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #21 Northwestern at #12 Ohio State - Sunday at 12:30 PM ET
  • #16 Tennessee at #6 Texas A&M - Sunday at 3 PM ET
  • #5 Stanford at #11 Oregon - Monday at 7 PM ET on ESPN2