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UNC basketball - AP Top 25: Week 16

UNC climbs up two spots this week in the AP poll after victories over the Wolfpack and Cavaliers.

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at North Carolina Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The college basketball season is starting to wind down, as many fans are starting to turn their attention to conference championships, conference tournaments, whether their team is in or on the bubble, or where their team will be seeded in the NCAA Tournament. The top three teams remain the same in this week’s poll, while the ACC remains the dominant conference with six total teams in top 25. The Tar Heels will face a top ten opponent this week when Louisville comes to Chapel Hill, or just another typical Wednesday playing in the ACC.

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

AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Gonzaga (59) 28-0
  2. Villanova (5) 26-2
  3. Kansas (1) 24-3
  4. Arizona 25-3
  5. UCLA 24-3
  6. Oregon 24-4
  7. Louisville 22-5
  8. North Carolina 23-5
  9. Baylor 22-5
  10. Duke 22-5
  11. Kentucky 22-5
  12. West Virginia 21-6
  13. Florida 22-5
  14. Purdue 22-5
  15. Cincinnati 24-3
  16. Wisconsin 22-5
  17. SMU 24-4
  18. Virginia 18-8
  19. Florida State 21-6
  20. Saint Mary’s 24-3
  21. Notre Dame 21-7
  22. Butler 21-6
  23. Creighton 22-5
  24. Maryland 22-5
  25. Wichita State 25-4

Where is UNC?

The Tar Heels come in ranked 8th this week after wins over NC State and Virginia. UNC is up two spots from the previous week.

This is also the time of year where Joe Lunardi (and other bracketologists) start working overtime. Here are some predictions of where UNC might be seeded in the upcoming NCAA Tournament:

Joe Lunardi (ESPN) - #1 Seed

Jerry Palm (CBS Sports) - #2 Seed

Shelby Mast (USA Today) - #1 Seed

Good question...

Best Top 25 Games of the Week

Wednesday (2/22)

#7 Louisville at #8 North Carolina

#22 Butler at #2 Villanova

Saturday (2/25)

#13 Florida at #11 Kentucky

#23 Creighton at #2 Villanova

#5 UCLA at #4 Arizona

College Basketball Pollercoaster

Moving Up

Notre Dame (4 spots), Cincinnati (3 spots)

Moving Down

Baylor (5 spots), Wisconsin (5 spots), Virginia (4 spots)

Moving In

Wichita State

Moving Out

South Carolina

Conference Breakdown

ACC - 6 teams

American Athletic - 2 teams

Big East - 3 teams

Big Ten - 3 teams

Big 12 - 3 teams

Missouri Valley - 1 team

Pac-12 - 3 teams

SEC - 2 teams

West Coast - 2 teams