Tar Heels Rise in Both AP, Coaches Polls

Brant Wilkerson-New

Despite a sloppy 77-61 victory over Gardner-Webb on Friday night, North Carolina picked up ground in both major college hoops polls on Monday.

The Tar Heels picked up the most ground in the USA TODAY Coaches' Poll, rising seven spots to No. 4, while gaining one spot in the Associated Press Top 25, rising to No. 5.

In both polls, Duke took over the No. 1 spot as Kentucky dropped from the top of the rankings following a home loss to Evansville.

It was a good day for the ACC overall, as Louisville moved to No. 2 in both, while Virginia improved to No. 7 in the AP poll while getting to No. 6 in the Coaches poll, giving the league four of the nation's top squads.

Carolina could run into four ranked teams in the next two weeks, with the possibility of seeing Gonzaga, Oregon or Seton Hall at the Battle 4 Atlantis before playing host to Ohio State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

The rest of the ACC was shut out of the polls, but Florida State was the top team among those receiving votes in the AP poll.

The full rankings from both polls: 

Ranking
AP
Coaches

1.

Duke

Duke

2.

Louisville

Louisville

3.

Michigan State

Michigan State

4.

Kansas

North Carolina

5.

North Carolina

Kansas

6.

Maryland

Virginia

7.

Virginia

Maryland

8.

Gonzaga

Gonzaga

9.

Kentucky

Ohio State

10.

Ohio State

Kentucky

11.

Oregon

Oregon

12.

Texas Tech

Texas Tech

13.

Seton Hall

Seton Hall

14.

Arizona

Arizona

15.

Utah State

Villanova

16.

Memphis

Utah State

17.

Villanova

Tennessee

18.

Xavier

Auburn

19.

Auburn

VCU

20.

Tennessee

Memphis

21.

VCU

Xavier

22.

Texas

Texas

23.

Colorado

Baylor

24.

Baylor

Washington

25.

Washington

Colorado

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