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North Carolina Tops AP Poll, Kentucky No. 2, Maryland No. 3
North Carolina is ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Preseason Top 25 poll for the ninth time, the most of any school in history.
The Tar Heels received 35 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky is ranked second with 10 first-place votes, followed by Maryland, which had 14 first-place votes, and Kansas, which was No. 1 on five ballots.
Carolina, which features four projected 2016 NBA Draft picks according to DraftExpress.com, was last ranked No. 1 in 2011-12.
“I do feel like we’re going to be a good basketball team,” said head coach Roy Williams. “I’m excited for our kids, because this is one of the best groups that I’ve ever worked with. We made a nice run last year but were disappointed with the way it ended. Hopefully we will use that as fuel to be the best team we can be this year. There are so many good teams, I don’t see how anybody could pick just one to be No. 1 at this point of the season. But it’s certainly nice to be one of those teams under consideration.”
Here are the rankings:
1. North Carolina
7. Iowa State
10. Wichita State
13. Michigan State
19. Notre Dame
North Carolina is ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Preseason Top 25 poll for the ninth time, the most of any school in historyN
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.