Carolina men’s basketball has once again landed a Top-10 ranking in the preseason as the Associated Press list the Tar Heels at No. 6 in the polls. This is Carolina’s highest preseason AP ranking since before the 2011-2012 season, in which they were ranked at No. 1.
North Carolina comes in behind basketball powerhouses Kentucky, Arizona, Wisconsin, Duke and Kansas, respectively.
The Tar Heels have achieved a Top-10 ranking in the AP poll in 52 of the poll’s 66 seasons. USA Today’s Coaches Poll also named the Tar Heels sixth-best in the nation.
The AP has also released its women’s basketball preseason list, in which Carolina places at No. 13.
Even after the transfer of last year’s scoring leader, Diamond DeShields, and just one incoming freshman this season, UNC has only dropped one spot from the 2013-14 season rankings.
Carolina has been listed in the Associated Press’ Top-25 rankings 12 times in the last 13 seasons.