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North Carolina Ranked No. 1 in Preseason AP College Hoops Poll

Defending national champions Kansas starts the year at number five.

North Carolina surprised everyone last year when they parlayed a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament into a spot in the national championship. The Tar Heels won’t be sneaking up on anyone this year, as Hubert Davis’ squad enters the 2022-23 season ranked number one in the annual Associated Press preseason poll.

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This marks North Carolina ‘s 10th time as the top preseason team, breaking a tie with Duke for the most in history. However, only two of those instances saw the team reach the national championship game, and only Michael Jordan’s 1981-82 squad cut down the nets. This year’s Tar Heels team returns four starters from last year’s group that lost to Kansas in the championship. They earned 47 of a possible 62 first-place votes from a national media panel to easily pass Gonzaga, the top preseason team each of the last two seasons.

The Bulldogs are not far away, however, as they arrive in the number two spot. They’ll once again lean on former Wooden Award finalist Drew Timme to deliver coach Mark Few his elusive national championship. Houston and Kentucky claim the three and four spots, respectively. And the defending champion Kansas Jayhawks start the season tied with Baylor at number five.

To check out the complete official AP Top 25 rankings, head over to AP News. Lastly, for more of the latest in sports, Max Verstappen Dominates en Route to Second F1 Championship.

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