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AP Top 25: Week of 3/16

It’s tourney time!

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament-Ohio State vs Illinois Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

After what’s been a very challenging season, both of North Carolina’s basketball teams are headed to the NCAA Tournament.

Thanks to a winning run towards the end of the season and the ACC Tournament, the men were solidly in and got an #8 seed. The women had a little bit closer of a call, but are dancing as well, picking up a #10 seed. Now, three action-packed weeks of basketball await us.

Before the festivities kick off, let’s take one last look at where things finished in the regular season in the top 25.

Men’s Basketball

AP Top 25

  1. Gonzaga Bulldogs (60 first place votes)
  2. Illinois Fighting Illini
  3. Baylor Bears
  4. Michigan Wolverines
  5. Alabama Crimson Tide
  6. Houston Cougars
  7. Ohio State Buckeyes
  8. Iowa Hawkeyes
  9. Texas Longhorns
  10. Arkansas Razorbacks
  11. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  12. Kansas Jayhawks
  13. West Virginia Mountaineers
  14. Florida State Seminoles
  15. Virginia Cavaliers
  16. San Diego State Aztecs
  17. Loyola Chicago Ramblers
  18. Villanova Wildcats
  19. Creighton Blue Jays
  20. Purdue Boilermakers
  21. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  22. Colorado Buffaloes
  23. BYU Cougars
  24. USC Trojans (tied with BYU)
  25. Virginia Tech Hokies

Where is UNC?

Despite the run in the ACC Tournament, the Tar Heels still did not not get back into the good graces of the voters. They got no votes of any kind this week.

Biggest Winners

By number of spots, the biggest winner was Big 12 Tournament winner Texas, who moved up four spots. Illinois moving up to second is arguably the most impressive jump, even if they ended up as the #3 overall seed according to the selection committee.

Biggest Losers

After losing point guard Collin Gillespie for likely the rest of the season, Villanova has been in a slide. They’ve now fallen a week high four spots in the poll, thanks to their Big East Tournament opening loss to Georgetown.

Conference Breakdown

Interesting First Round Matchups

  • #8 North Carolina (18-10) vs. #9 Wisconsin (17-12) - Friday at 7:10 PM ET on CBS
  • #5 Villanova (16-6) vs. #12 Winthrop (23-1) - Friday at 9:57 PM ET on TNT
  • #8 Oklahoma (15-10) vs. #9 Missouri (16-9) - Saturday at 7:25 PM ET on TNT

Women’s Basketball

AP Top 25

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

Where is UNC?

Considering they didn’t get any votes last week and haven’t played since, unsurprisingly the Heels received no votes of any kind this week. While they may not be top 25, they’re thankfully top 64 and are headed to San Antonio for the tournament.

Biggest Winners

Considering that many of the major conference tournaments on the women’s side happened two weeks ago, there wasn’t much movement this week. The biggest gainers were Georgia and Gonzaga, who moved up two spots each.

Biggest Losers

Likewise, not much movement down as well. The Big Ten Women’s Tournament did happen last week, leading to Indiana and Michigan both dropping three spots.

Conference Breakdown

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

Interesting First Round Matchups

  • #6 Michigan (14-5) vs. #11 Florida Gulf Coast (26-2) - Sunday at 3 PM ET on ESPN2
  • #8 Syracuse (14-8) vs. #9 South Dakota State (21-3) - Sunday at 5:30 PM ET on ESPN2
  • #10 North Carolina (13-10) vs. #7 Alabama (16-9) - Monday at 12 PM ET on ESPN