Facebook Twitter

TAR HEELS GRAB ONTO NO. 1 SPOT

SHARE TAR HEELS GRAB ONTO NO. 1 SPOT

North Carolina became the third team to hold the No. 1 position in The Associated Press college basketball poll this season when the Tar Heels moved up one spot today to the top of the rankings.

The No. 1 position is far from new to the Tar Heels (4-0) as they held it for five weeks last season, including the final poll heading into the NCAA tournament. Over the past 20 years, no school has been No. 1 more than North Carolina's 53 weeks at the top. Duke was second over that period with 46 weeks.The third change at No. 1 came about when Massachusetts lost the first game it played as a top-ranked team, 81-75 to then-No. 7 Kansas in the Wooden Classic. North Carolina, meanwhile, won the Tournament of Champions in Charlotte, N.C., with victories over South Carolina and Cincinnati.

Six different schools were voted into the No. 1 position last season.

The Tar Heels received 54 first-place votes and 1,633 points from the 66-member national media panel, well ahead of UCLA, which had five first-place votes and 1,501 points. The Bruins (2-0) improved three spots with an 82-81 victory over then-No. 3 Kentucky.

Arkansas (3-1) was No. 1 on three ballots and moved up from third to fourth.

See page D3 for the complete poll.