North Carolina rises to No. 14 in the latest AP Top 25

The North Carolina Tar Heels jumped to No. 14 in the new AP Top 25 released on Monday. That moved North Carolina up seven spots from No. 21 last week.

The Tar Heels lost three in a row towards the end of January, but since then, they have rebounded with three consecutive victories, including an 82-78 home win against rival and then No. 9 Duke last Thursday.

During this latest winning streak, the Tar Heels also got revenge against N.C. State, as they beat them on Saturday, 96-89. Roy Williams’ squad lost two weeks ago at home in overtime to the Wolfpack, 95-91.

The Tar Heels had four starters reach at least 15 points in the victory against Duke. North Carolina was behind by four at halftime but rallied to outscore the Blue Devils by eight points during the final 20 minutes. Junior forward Luke Maye led North Carolina with 33 points Saturday versus N.C. State, but all five Tar Heels starters reach double digits.

North Carolina was one of four ACC teams ranked in the AP Top 25 on Monday. Virginia led the way at No. 1 despite losing its first conference game to rival Virginia Tech on Saturday. Duke fell to No. 12 after the loss at Durham this past week.

Clemson was also in the AP Top 25 at No. 11. Miami was No. 25 last week but fell out of the poll this Monday.

2018 college basketball AP Top 25 Week 13

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