UNC Rises to No. 11 in AP Poll Following Historic Beatdown
UNC may have needed every last one of Joel Berry’s 31 points to beat Clemson in overtime last Tuesday, but after a historic 51-point blowout win over NC State on Sunday it’s clear the Tar Heels are still among the nation’s most dangerous teams when everything’s clicking.
As a result, UNC (14-3, 2-1 ACC) moved up three spots in the most recent AP Top 25 released on Monday–going from No. 14 to No. 11.
The Tar Heels appear poised to make a climb back into the top 10 in the near future after a shocking upset loss to Georgia Tech in their conference opener sent them to their lowest ranking of the season entering last week.
Defending national champion Villanova recently suffered its first loss of the season to Butler, causing the Wildcats to release their stranglehold on the top spot in the polls.
Baylor (15-0) is the nation’s new No. 1 team, with Kansas, Villanova, UCLA and Gonzaga making up the rest of the top five.
The ACC leads the country with six ranked teams, despite losing Virginia Tech–which had given the league seven top 25 schools last week–from the mix.
Duke (No. 7) and Florida State (No. 9) are the highest-ranked schools in the conference, with UNC, Louisville (No. 14), Virginia (No. 19) and Notre Dame (No. 20) trailing just behind.
UNC will continue its quest to rise back up the polls this week with a road game at Wake Forest on Wednesday before a potentially epic showdown with Florida State at the Dean Dome on Saturday.