North Carolina returned to No. 1, ending Arkansas' five-week run atop Assocaited Press college basketball poll.

The Tar Heels (12-1) were top-ranked in preseason and first regular-season poll before losing to Massachusetts in Preseason NIT semifinals.North Carolina, No. 2 past five weeks, received 39 first-place votes and 1,592 points from national media panel with Duke (9-0) moving up to second with 24 and 1,574.

Kansas was third with 1,427 points, followed by Arkansas and UCLA, with one No. 1 vote.