North Carolina tops college basketball

The Tar Heels return four starters from last year’s team, including AP preseason All-American Armando Bacot inside. North Carolina's first two victories of the season didn't come as easily as they should though.

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November 14, 2022 - 2:59 PM

Caleb Love (2) of the North Carolina Tar Heels dunks against the Charleston Cougars during the second half of their game at the Dean E. Smith Center on November 11, 2022, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 102-86. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images/TNS)

North Carolina didn’t have a dominating start at No. 1. The Tar Heels open their second week atop the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll with coach Hubert Davis reminding his players it will take time to find a flow like the one that carried them to last year’s NCAA championship game.

UNC (2-0) earned 44 of 63 first-place votes to finish ahead of No. 2 Gonzaga in Monday’s first regular-season AP Top 25, which featured only slight changes from the preseason poll released Oct. 17.

The Tar Heels return four starters from last year’s team, including AP preseason All-American Armando Bacot inside. But they labored through wins last week, first against UNC Wilmington and then against College of Charleston.

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