A strong showing at this past week’s ACC Tournament–winning three times in three nights to reach Saturday’s championship game–helped lift UNC two spots to No. 10 in the final AP Men’s Basketball Top 25 before the beginning of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

The Tar Heels earned victories over Syracuse, Miami and Duke in Brooklyn before ultimately falling short against Virginia–which is once again unanimously the nation’s No. 1 team.

Villanova, Xavier, Kansas and Michigan State make up the rest of the top five behind the Cavaliers.

The rest of the top 10 in front of UNC is a group that includes: No. 6 Cincinnati, No. 7 Michigan, No. 8 Gonzaga and No. 9 Duke.

A total of five ACC teams are among the poll, with No. 20 Clemson and No. 22 Miami joining Virginia and the tobacco road bluebloods.

There were nine teams from the league, however, that qualified for the NCAA Tournament–more than any other conference in America.

UNC is the No. 2 seed in the West region and will begin play in Charlotte on Friday against No. 15 seed Lipscomb at 2:45 p.m.

For the full AP Men’s Basketball Top 25, click here.




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