NCAA Basketball Rankings: Tarheels Slightly Strengthen No. 1 Ranking In AP Poll

The North Carolina Tarheels strengthened their No. 1 ranking in the latest AP college basketball poll, adding a single point to their total from a week ago. The Tarheels still got 62 of the 65 first-place votes, with No. 3 Ohio State (one) and No. 4 Connecticut (two) getting the others. No. 2-ranked Kentucky has yet to receive a first-place vote in any of the three AP polls.

The team to take the biggest hit in the rankings was Pittsburgh, which saw its 58-game home non-conference winning streak snapped this week when the Panthers lost to still unranked Long Beach State. The Panthers fell from No. 9 to No. 17 in the poll. Arizona dropped from No. 15 to No. 23 after their loss on the road against Mississippi State, who moved into the Top 25 at No. 24.

Marquette was the most upwardly mobile team, going from No. 21 to No. 16. The Golden Eagles beat Winthrop and Mississippi this week.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 North Carolina (62) 3-0 1,621
2 Kentucky 4-0 1,528
3 Ohio State (1) 3-0 1,493
4 Connecticut (2) 4-0 1,426
5 Syracuse 4-0 1,353
6 Duke 4-0 1,305
7 Louisville 3-0 1,186
8 Memphis 1-0 1,123
9 Baylor 3-0 1,079
10 Florida 2-1 998
11 Wisconsin 3-0 916
12 Xavier 3-0 912
13 Alabama 5-0 820
14 Kansas 1-1 717
15 Michigan 3-0 587
16 Marquette 4-0 558
17 Pittsburgh 2-1 524
18 Vanderbilt 3-1 468
19 Gonzaga 3-0 454
20 California 3-0 420
21 Missouri 3-0 327
22 Florida State 4-0 323
23 Arizona 4-1 273
24 Mississippi State 4-1 215
25 Texas A&M 3-1 108

Others receiving votes: Cleveland State 94, Michigan State 58, Creighton 48, Cincinnati 30, Washington 27, UNLV 23, Villanova 18, Temple 14, San Diego State 12, Saint Mary's 9, Oregon State 7, Kent State 7, Belmont 6, Saint Louis 6, Purdue 4, New Mexico State 4, Notre Dame 4, Long Beach State 4, Texas 4, Harvard 3, Illinois 2, Georgetown 2, Middle Tennessee 2, Minnesota 1, Marshall 1, West Virginia 1



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