Men’s College Basketball AP Top 25: Week 3 On Nov. 16

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MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – North Carolina remained No. 1 in the first regular-season men’s NCAA college basketball AP Top 25 rankings released on Monday.

The Tar Heels (2-0) were the pre-season No. 1 team in the poll for a record ninth time, and they keep hold of top spots after picking up opening with victories over Temple and Fairfield in the first week of action.

North Carolina received 37 first-place votes this week from the 65-member national media panel and 1,571 points on Monday.

Kentucky, which received eight first-place votes, comes in at No. 2 with 1,520 points after season-opening wins over Albany and the NJIT Highlanders.

Maryland is third with 14 first-place votes, Kansas, which got five first-place votes, is fourth with national champion Duke rounding out the top five in the poll.

The only other team to receive first-place votes was Virginia (1), which sits sixth.

Iowa State, Oklahoma, Wichita State and Gonzaga complete the top 10, with the Sooners and Bulldogs, who had its game against Pittsburgh in Japan in the Armed Forces Classic called off because a slippery court, yet to get off the mark this season.

Villanova, Arizona, Michigan State, Indiana and California round out the top 15.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin, which started the season ranked 17th, fell from the AP top 25 rankings after losing to Western Illinois. The Badgers rebounded with a 92-65 win over Siena.

There are some interesting matchups on the fixtures for this week in Tuesday night’s Champions Classic at Chicago’s United Center, with No. 2 Kentucky taking on No. 5 Duke, and No. 4 Kansas facing No. 13 Michigan State in a doubleheader.

They were replaced in the poll by Oregon, which won its opener against Jackson State and joined this week’s rankings at No. 25.

Men’s NCAA College Basketball
AP Top 25

1 North Carolina (37) 2-0
2 Kentucky (8) 2-0
3 Maryland (14) 1-0
4 Kansas (5) 1-0
5 Duke 2-0
6 Virginia (1) 1-0
7 Iowa State 1-0
8 Oklahoma 0-0
9 Wichita St 1-0
10 Gonzaga 0-0
11 Villanova 1-0
12 Arizona 1-0
13 Michigan State 1-0
14 Indiana 1-0
15 California 1-0
16 Utah 1-0
17 Vanderbilt 1-0
18 Notre Dame 1-0
19 Connecticut 1-0
20 Baylor 1-0
21 Purdue 2-0
22 Butler 1-0
23 LSU 1-0
24 Michigan 1-0
25 Oregon 1-0

Dropped from rankings: Wisconsin 17

Others receiving votes: SMU 105, Texas A&M 83, West Virginia 78, Cincinnati 72, Louisville 39, Miami (FL) 37, Wisconsin 25, Providence 14, Dayton 12, Florida State 10, Xavier 10, Valparaiso 8, Iowa 8, Texas 6, Rhode Island 5, BYU 4, Western Illinois 4, Oklahoma State 2, Old Dominion 2, UC Irvine 2, Colorado State 1, Yale 1, Washington 1

About Milton Blake, College Sports Writer

Milton Blake has been with SportingAlert since first launch. The former college basketball player enjoys covering college sports, with NCAA basketball mainly on his list.

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