Associated Press Names University of North Carolina #1

University of North Carolina Tar HeelsAfter returning all five starters from last season, the Associated Press named the University of North Carolina number 1 in the men’s preseason Top 25.

This is the third time in the last five seasons that the Tar Heels have been awarded the top spot in the AP Top 25.

The votes (cast by a 65-member national media poll) left the University of Kentucky in a distant second to the team that eliminated them from making the Final Four last season.

The University of North Carolina’s frontcourt of Tyler Zeller, John Henson, and Harrison Barnes all passed up the chance to become NBA players to return to UNC to win a national championship this season. The return of these key starters surely swayed media votes to the Tar Heels who reached the Final Four last season with this same group of starters.

UNC received all but three of the number 1 votes as the Tar Heels broke a tie between its fiercest rivals (and Tobacco Road neighbors) the Duke Blue Devils for most preseason number 1 rankings.

The last time UNC was the unanimous preseason number 1 (and returned all five starters), the Tar Heels defeated MSU in the 2008-09 national championship game.
MSU looks to avenge that championship loss this Veterans Day when the Spartans take on the Tar Heels in the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic.

The entire list of the Associated Press’ Top 25 teams include:

No.Team.RecordPtsFin
1North Carolina29-81,6207
2Kentucky29-91,50111
3Ohio State34-31,4821
4UConn32-91,4339
5Syracuse27-81,33812
6Duke32-51,3013
7Vanderbilt23-111,12025
8Florida29-81,08615
9Louisville250191,05514
10Pittsburgh28-61,0274
11Memphis25-10997-
12Baylor18-13892-
13Kansas35-37552
14Xavier24-874720
15Wisconsin25-972016
16Arizona30-861617
17 UCLA23-11404-

Michigan State University did not make the Associated Press preseason Top 25. Nonetheless, the University of Connecticut was omitted from the AP preseason rankings last season and ended up winning the National Championship. Thus, MSU fans, there is still hope! Tune into the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on 11-11-11 to see if UNC can hold on to their prestigious Associated Press preseason number 1 ranking.

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One Response to Associated Press Names University of North Carolina #1

  1. Caroline November 12, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    These peices really set a standard in the industry.

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