The University of North Carolina Tarheels have been ranked No. 1 overall in the Associated Press’s preseason poll, the team announced today via Twitter.
The top preseason ranking marks the third time in the last five seasons the team has begun the season atop the poll. The school is also ranked atop the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll ,released last week. UNC finished last season with a 29-8 overall record before being eliminated in the Elite Eight. Despite boasting a lineup of mostly underclassmen, the Tarheels claimed the 2010-11 regular season ACC Title. The team is expected to be one of college basketball’s best after all of the team’s starters deferred the NBA draft to come back for one more season.