Coaches Poll: North Carolina at top of poll by itself following 2-0 start

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)

6. Virginia

7. Iowa State

t-8. Oklahoma

t-8. Villanova

10. Arizona

11. Wichita State

12. Gonzaga

13. Michigan State

14. California

15. Indiana

16. Utah

17. Vanderbilt

18. Notre Dame

19. LSU

20. Butler

21. Baylor

22. West Virginia

23. Purdue

24. Connecticut

25. Michigan

Dropped from poll: Wisconsin

New to poll: Michigan

Next five: Cincinnati, Oregon, Louisville, Texas A&M, Florida State

UNC Tar Heels (USATSI)
North Carolina’s defesne clamped down on Fairfield on Sunday. (USATSI)


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