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AP Poll: Week of 12/18

Let’s check in on the Top 25 after last week’s action.

NCAA Basketball: CBS Sports Classic-North Carolina at Kentucky Jordan Godfree-USA TODAY Sports

This past week was finals weeks for a lot of universities, so it was a tad bit quiet on the basketball court, although there still were some big games. The North Carolina men took part in one of them, playing Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic. That game did not go as hoped, as a comeback bid by the Tar Heels fell just a bit short.

With that, and the rest of last week’s action, in the books, let’s check in on where things stand in the AP Top 25

Men’s Basketball

AP Top 25

  1. Purdue (48 first place votes)
  2. Kansas (6)
  3. Houston (8)
  4. Arizona
  5. UConn
  6. Marquette
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Tennessee
  9. Kentucky
  10. Baylor
  11. North Carolina
  12. Creighton
  13. Illinois
  14. Florida Atlantic
  15. Gonzaga
  16. Colorado State
  17. BYU
  18. Clemson
  19. Texas
  20. James Madison
  21. Duke
  22. Virginia
  23. Memphis
  24. Wisconsin
  25. Ole Miss

Where is UNC?

The loss to Kentucky knocked the Tar Heels out of the top ten, but they didn’t fall too far past that. Carolina dropped to #11, with the Wildcats team that beat them among the teams that jumped over the Heels.

Biggest Winners

Kentucky’s five-spot jump was the biggest of the week, closely followed by Oklahoma and Tennessee both moving up four places. Meanwhile at the top of the poll, Purdue has returned to #1 after their win over previous top dogs, Arizona.

Biggest Losers

Clemson had been one of the last remaining unbeaten teams until Saturday, when they fell to Memphis. As a result, the Tigers dropped five spots, even with Gonzaga for the biggest of this week.

Conference Breakdown

  • Big 12: 6
  • ACC: 4
  • Big East: 3
  • Big Ten: 3
  • SEC: 3
  • AAC: 2
  • Mountain West: 1
  • Pac-12: 1
  • Sun Belt: 1
  • WCC: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #11 North Carolina (7-3) vs. #7 Oklahoma (10-0) in Charlotte - Tomorrow at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN
  • #10 Baylor (9-1) vs. #21 Duke (7-3) in New York City - Tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN
  • #4 Arizona (8-1) vs. #14 Florida Atlantic (9-2) in Las Vegas - Saturday at 3:00 PM ET on FOX

Women’s Basketball

AP Top 25

  1. South Carolina (35 first place votes)
  2. UCLA
  3. NC State
  4. Iowa
  5. Texas
  6. USC
  7. LSU
  8. Colorado
  9. Stanford
  10. Baylor
  11. Utah
  12. Kansas State
  13. Ohio State
  14. Notre Dame
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. Indiana
  17. UConn
  18. Marquette
  19. Louisville
  20. Gonzaga
  21. Creighton
  22. Florida State (tied for #21)
  23. Washington
  24. North Carolina
  25. TCU

Where is UNC?

The Tar Heels only played once last week — blowing out Western Carolina — and moved up one spot, going to #24, as a result.

Biggest Winners

The top half of the poll is entirely unchanged, and there was only one team that moved up more that one spot. Washington went from unranked to #23 as they continued an undefeated start to the season.

Biggest Losers

Similarly, there wasn’t too many teams that moved down this week. UNLV went from #23 to one of the first teams out after taking a blowout loss to Seton Hall.

Conference Breakdown

  • ACC: 6
  • Pac-12: 6
  • Big 12: 4
  • Big East: 3
  • Big Ten: 3
  • SEC: 2
  • WCC: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #24 North Carolina (7-4) vs. Oklahoma (6-3) in Charlotte- Tonight at 9:30 PM ET on ESPN2
  • #20 Gonzaga (11-2) vs. Arizona (8-3) in Phoenix - Tomorrow at 4:30 PM ET on ESPN+
  • #23 Washington (11-0) at #19 Louisville (10-2) - Tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET on ACC Network

See ya later, Big Grits