The North Carolina men’s basketball team moved to No. 7 in the newest AP Top 25 on Monday afternoon. The poll, which is released every Monday, has six ACC teams ranked in the top 25.
Last week, North Carolina was ranked No. 11 in the poll, so the Tar Heels moved up four spots. UNC was also ranked No. 7 in the Coaches Poll on Monday.
The Tar Heels played just one game this past week, beating Western Carolina, 104-61. In that victory, five different Tar Heels players reached double figures, and freshman guard Jalek Felton came off the bench to lead the team with 15 points.
Junior forward Luke Maye grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds and chipped in 12 points to record his sixth double-double of the season. He also had five assists and hit a pair of 3-pointers. Maye is averaging 19.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
The victory moved North Carolina to 9-1 this season. Their only loss came against Michigan State, who is ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25 this week, on Nov. 27. There’s no shame losing a game to a top ranked team, but the Spartans did take it to the Tar Heels that night, beating them, 63-45.
North Carolina will next play No. 20 Tennessee on Dec. 17. The Tar Heels will also play Wofford and Ohio State before beginning ACC play against Wake Forest on Dec. 30.