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UNC basketball: AP Top 25 - Week 15

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Despite the loss to Duke, UNC still remains in the AP top ten.

North Carolina v Duke Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Another week in college basketball and another week in which the AP Top 25 Poll remains a flurry of activity with lots of movement, outside of the top three. Gonzaga came away with a nice victory on the road over #22 Saint Mary’s, and holds on to the number one spot for the third week in a row. The Big 12 and Pac 12 each have three teams in the top ten; however, those are the only teams representing their conferences in the top 25. The ACC continues to show it is the best conference top to bottom with six teams in this week’s poll.

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

AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Gonzaga (60) 26-0
  2. Villanova (5) 24-2
  3. Kansas 22-3
  4. Baylor 22-3
  5. Arizona 23-3
  6. UCLA 23-3
  7. Oregon 22-4
  8. Louisville 20-5
  9. West Virginia 20-5
  10. North Carolina 21-5
  11. Wisconsin 21-4
  12. Duke 20-5
  13. Kentucky 20-5
  14. Virginia 18-6
  15. Florida 20-5
  16. Purdue 20-5
  17. Florida State 21-5
  18. Cincinnati 22-3
  19. SMU 22-4
  20. Creighton 21-4
  21. South Carolina 20-5
  22. Saint Mary’s 22-3
  23. Maryland 21-4
  24. Butler 19-6
  25. Notre Dame 19-7

Where is UNC?

After a loss on the road to Duke, the Tar Heels fall two spots to number 10 in this week’s poll. With their loss to the Blue Devils this past Thursday, UNC has now lost four games on the road.

Best Top 25 Games of the Week

Wednesday (2/15)

#12 Duke at #14 Virginia

Saturday (2/18)

#14 Virginia at #10 UNC

#3 Kansas at #4 Baylor

Sunday (2/19)

#23 Maryland at #11 Wisconsin

College Basketball Pollercoaster

Moving Up

Duke (6 spots), SMU (6 spots), Arizona (4 spots), UCLA (4 spots)

Moving Down

Cincinnati (7 spots), Louisville (4 spots), Wisconsin (4 spots)

Moving In

Notre Dame

Moving Out

Xavier

Conference Breakdown

ACC - 6 teams

American Athletic - 2 teams

Big East - 3 teams

Big Ten - 3 teams

Big 12 - 3 teams

Pac-12 - 3 teams

SEC - 3 teams

West Coast - 2 teams

NCAA Tournament Bracket Preview

Personally, I think that this whole idea of putting out a bracket preview is as useless as a 2-hour Selection Sunday show. Also, you know there is no way that the Selection Committee is giving Duke that difficult of a bracket and/or UNC that easy of a bracket. I would be more interested in a weekly “Last 4 In” and “Last 4 Out” preview leading up to Selection Sunday, but that makes too much sense, so we know that the NCAA wouldn’t do that.