North Carolina No.1 for a record 9th time
College basketball season is almost here and the North Carolina men’s basketball team has been named the No.1 team in the preseason AP poll for a record ninth time. The Tar Heels had been tied with UCLA, which has had eight preseason No. 1 rankings.
North Carolina returns four starters and nine of their top ten scorers from a team that reached the Sweet 16 last year. The Tar Heels received 35 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky is ranked second with 10 first-place votes, followed by Maryland, which had 14 first-place votes, and Kansas, which was No. 1 on five ballots.
Defending national champion Duke is fifth, extending the Blue Devils’ streak of consecutive polls to 156, the longest current run. The Blue Devils started their streak with the preseason poll of 2007-08. The record for consecutive poll appearances is 221 by UCLA, a run that went from 1966 until 1980.
There have been 12 teams to run the table as a No. 1-ranked team since the AP poll started in the 1948-49 season. The last to do it was Duke in 1991-92.
Here is the complete AP Top 10
- North Carolina
- Iowa State
- Wichita State