North Carolina finishes No. 1 in final AP poll

By: associated press
By: associated press

(AP) -- Already the number-one seed in the NCAA tournament, North Carolina finishes number-one in The Associated Press' final poll of the season.

It's the sixth time, and first since 1998, the 32-and-2 Tar Heels have led the final rankings.

North Carolina received 53 first-place votes and 1,779 points from the 72-member national media panel.

Memphis, UCLA and Kansas are the other number-one seeds in the NCAA tournament and are second through fourth in the poll. They're the only other schools to receive first-place votes.

Tennessee is fifth, followed by Wisconsin, Texas, Georgetown, Duke and Stanford. Butler is 11th, followed by Xavier, Louisville, Drake, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Purdue.

Rounding out the top-25 are Washington State, Clemson, Davidson, Gonzaga and Marquette.

Indiana fell out of the poll for the first time this season.

A record 49 schools were ranked this season, one more than in 1992-93.


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