COLLEGE BASKETBALL : Loss Drops UCLA Back to No. 9
UCLA, which dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 in the Associated Press college basketball poll after losing to California, fell to No. 9 after Sunday’s loss to Notre Dame.
North Carolina, which beat Duke in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown last Thursday, returned to No. 1 Monday, receiving 60 first-place votes and 1,617 points from the national media panel.
The Tar Heels (19-3), the preseason No. 1 coming off their national championship, held the spot for the first week of the regular season and have now had it twice during the run of six polls with a different top team.
Duke (16-2) switched places with North Carolina, receiving three first-place votes and 1,486 points. The Blue Devils were the record sixth school to be No. 1 this season, but like North Carolina, Kansas and UCLA, they were beaten the week they moved to the top.
The Tar Heels have home games with Maryland and Georgia Tech this week as they try for the weekly repeat. Georgia Tech beat North Carolina earlier in the season.
Arkansas, which had one first-place vote, and Kentucky each moved up three spots to third and fourth. They meet Wednesday night at Lexington, Ky.
Kansas dropped from third to fifth after losing to Missouri last week and was followed by Connecticut, Louisville, and Temple, which had a first-place vote.