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AP Top 25 Poll: UNC Back in the Top Ten

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After wins over Wake Forest and #9 Florida State, UNC climbs their way back into the AP Top 25 Poll.

North Carolina v Wake Forest Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Just one week after Baylor climbed up to number one in the AP poll for the first time in school history, a 21-point loss to West Virginia dropped them to #6. Villanova leaped frog over Kansas, despite the Jayhawks having more number one votes, and reclaimed the number one spot in the poll. With six teams in this week’s AP poll, is the ACC, like in college football, the best conference in college basketball?

Let’s take a closer look at this week’s AP Top 25 Poll for basketball.

AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Villanova (28) 17-1
  2. Kansas (32) 16-1
  3. UCLA (3) 18-1
  4. Gonzaga (2) 17-0
  5. Kentucky 15-2
  6. Baylor 16-1
  7. West Virginia 15-2
  8. Creighton 17-1
  9. North Carolina 16-3
  10. Florida State 16-2
  11. Oregon 16-2
  12. Louisville 15-3
  13. Butler 15-3
  14. Arizona 16-2
  15. Notre Dame 16-2
  16. Virginia 13-3
  17. Wisconsin 14-3
  18. Duke 14-4
  19. Florida 14-3
  20. Cincinnati 15-2
  21. Purdue 14-4
  22. Xavier 13-4
  23. Saint Mary’s 15-2
  24. South Carolina 14-3
  25. Maryland 16-2

Where is UNC?

The Tar Heels climbed up two spots and into the top ten this week after wins last week over Wake Forest and Florida State. UNC comes in at #9 this week in the AP poll. The Heels will look to remain in the top ten with games this week at home against Syracuse (Monday) and on the road at Boston College (Saturday).

Best Top 25 Games of the Week

Wednesday (1/18)

#19 Florida at #24 South Carolina - It doesn’t happen too often, but here is a top 25 SEC match-up and one of the teams is not Kentucky.

#15 Notre Dame at #10 Florida State - FSU looks to bounce back from their recent road loss to UNC, while Notre Dame tries to remain unbeaten in the ACC.

Saturday (1/21)

#12 Louisville at #10 Florida State - Another top 25 match-up, or just your typical Saturday in the ACC.

#14 Arizona at #3 UCLA - Bill Walton must be stoked for this top 25 “Conference of Champions” match-up.

College Basketball Pollercoaster

Moving Up

Notre Dame (5 spots), Florida (4 spots), Virginia (3 spots)

Moving Down

Duke (11 spots), Xavier (7 spots), Baylor (5 spots)

Moving In

South Carolina, Maryland

Moving Out

Kansas State

Conference Breakdown

ACC - 6 teams

Big East - 4 teams

Big Ten - 3 teams

Big 12 - 3 teams

Pac-12 - 3 teams

SEC - 3 teams

West Coast - 2 teams

American Athletic - 1 team