NCAA Basketball Rankings: North Carolina Remains At No. 25 In ESPN/USA Today Poll

Despite losing twice to unranked teams, North Carolina remains a part of this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. They clock in at No. 25 in the latest NCAA basketball rankings.

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Duke, Michigan State Still Lead AP Top 25

The coaches and the beat writers must be on the same page, because today's Associated Press top 25 mirrors the USA Today poll very closely. As with the coaches, the AP decided that despite two disappointing losses to  Minnesota and Vanderbilt, the preseason hype and talent were still too much to drop North Carolina from the top 25 completely, throwing them the bone of the 25th overall ranking. For their wins this weekend however,  previously unranked Minnesota and Texas join the party at No. 15 and 20, respectively

At the top of the poll, there's not much change. Ohio State inched up to No. 3 ahead of Kansas State, while its victim from last week, Florida, plummeted from its top 10 ranking all the way down to No. 16. Duke and Michigan State remain atop the poll after dispatching their opponents in the first week of play.

The full rankings:

1 Duke
2 Michigan State
3 Ohio State
4 Kansas State
5 Pittsburgh
6 Kansas
7 Villanova
8 Kentucky
9 Syracuse
10 Purdue
11 Missouri
12 Baylor
13 Washington
14 Memphis
15 Minnesota
16 Florida
16 Georgetown
18 San Diego State
19 Illinois
20 Texas
21 Temple
22 Gonzaga
23 Brigham Young
24 Tennessee
25 North Carolina


NCAA Basketball Rankings: North Carolina Remains At No. 25 In ESPN/USA Today Poll

After two losses to Minnesota and Vanderbilt, two teams not ranked in the Top 25 last week, you'd think that North Carolina would tumble all the way out of the Top 25 of the latest NCAA Basketball Rankings. The Tar Heels were No. 8 in the ESPN/USA Today men's basketball coaches poll last week, but when something like that happens to a team this early in the season, it seems only fair to drop them entirely from the rankings.

Well, that almost happened. The Tar Heels took a major tumble, but somehow were able to barely stay in the rankings. They clocked in at No. 25 in this week's ESPN/USA Today poll, well ahead of challengers like BYU, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. Apparently, having Harrison Barnes, even when he struggles, is enough to give you the benefit of the doubt.

Here are the complete rankings, with last week's ranking in parenthesis.


  1. Duke (1)
  2. Michigan State (2)
  3. Ohio State (5)
  4. Kansas State (3)
  5. Pittsburgh (4)
  6. Kansas (6)
  7. Villanova (7)
  8. Purdue (9)
  9. Kentucky (13)
  10. Syracuse (11)
  11. Washington (15)
  12. Missouri (14)
  13. Baylor (17)
  14. Florida (10)
  15. Memphis (19)
  16. Georgetown (21)
  17. Minnesota (NR)
  18. Gonzaga (12)
  19. Illinois (16)
  20. Temple (20)
  21. Texas (22)
  22. San Diego State (NR)
  23. Butler (18)
  24. Tennessee (23)
  25. North Carolina (8)


Virginia Tech (No. 24 last week) and Wisconsin (No. 25) were the two teams to drop out of the Top 25. Both suffered losses last week, so it makes sense.

Minnesota, one of the two teams that beat North Carolina last week, jumped all the way to No. 17 in the poll. Vanderbilt, who also beat North Carolina, was among the other teams receiving votes. 

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