The No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels were one of the few Top-25 teams who didn’t schedule a cupcake as their opening game. And after beating Temple handily 91-67, the Heels have been rewarded by the coaches poll.
Roy Williams’ group is now the sole No. 1 team in the country following that win and another rout over Fairfield on Sunday, where the Heels knocked down eight 3s on the way to 92 points and a 27-point win. Previously, they had been locked in a tie with Kentucky for the top spot.
The Wildcats move down just slightly to No. 2, followed by Maryland, Duke and Kansas rounding out the top-five. In the only other move in the top-15, Gonzaga and Wichita State flipped spots at Nos. 11 and 12, with the Shockers inching ahead of the Bulldogs. Throughout the rest of the poll, Vanderbilt was the biggest mover, rising from No. 20 to No. 17.
There is only one new team in the rankings this week, as Michigan slid into the No. 25 spot. The Wolverines replaced their fellow Big Ten brethren Wisconsin following the Badgers’ loss to Western Illinois on Friday night.
Here is the full poll:
1. North Carolina (first place-votes — 16)
2. Kentucky (8)
3. Maryland (3)
4. Duke (3)
5. Kansas (2)
7. Iowa State
11. Wichita State
13. Michigan State
18. Notre Dame
22. West Virginia
Dropped from poll: Wisconsin
New to poll: Michigan
Next five: Cincinnati, Oregon, Louisville, Texas A&M,