Last week I jokingly commented that UNC needed to lose because I was running out of different Tar Heels to make the default picture for the rankings. Well, the Tar Heels dropped a home game to Boston College and are no longer the top-ranked team in the country according to Bleacher Report users.
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The rankings reflect the outcome of games up to Sunday, Jan. 4.
Keep in my mind three ballots came in before North Carolina's loss, which likely accounts for three of UNC's four first place votes.
Rank, Team, Record (First Place Votes), Total Votes, (Rank Last Week)
1. Pittsburgh 14-0 (15), 469 (4)
The Panthers beat Rutgers and Georgetown last week; take on St. John's this week.
Pittsburgh ranked as high as first and as low as third.
2. North Carolina 13-1 (4), 432 (1)
The Tar Heels beat Nevada, but lost to Boston College at home; will play College of Charleston and Wake Forest this week.
North Carolina ranked as high as first on four ballots and as low as seventh.
3. Wake Forest 13-0, 427 (6)
The Demon Deacons beat Radford and BYU to end the Cougars' 53-game home winning streak; will play North Carolina this weekend.
Wake Forest ranked as high as second and as low as ninth.
4. Duke 12-1, 424 (5)
The Blue Devils defeated Loyola-Marymount and Virginia Tech last week; will play Davidson and Florida State this week.
Duke ranked as high as second and as low as 10th.
5. UConn 12-1, 394 (2)
The Huskies lost to Georgetown, but knocked off Rutgers last week; will play West Virginia and Cincinnati this week.
UConn ranked as high as second and as low as ninth.
6. Oklahoma 13-1, 370 (3)
The Sooners defeated Coppin State, but lost at Arkansas last week; will play Maryland-Eastern Shore and Kansas State this week.
Oklahoma ranked as high as second and as low as 10th.
7. Syracuse 14-1, 349 (7)
The Orange beat both Seton Hall and South Florida; will tip-off against DePaul and Rutgers this week.
Syracuse ranked as high as fifth and as low as 11th.
8. Texas 11-2, 335 (8)
The Longhorns blew out Appalachian State last week; will face Arkansas and Iowa State this week.
Texas ranked as high as fourth and as low as 12th.
9. Georgetown 10-2, 316 (10)
The Hoyas upset UConn, but lost at home to Pitt; will face Notre Dame and Providence this week.
Georgetown ranked as high as fourth and as low as 22nd.
10. Michigan State 11-2, 305 (14)
The Spartans defeated Minnesota and Northwestern during the past week; will face Ohio State and Kansas this week.
Michigan State ranked as high as seventh and as low as 14th.
11. UCLA 12-2, 288 (13)
The Bruins won a pair of games against Oregon and Oregon State last week; will face Southern California this week.
UCLA ranked as high as fifth and as low as 24th.
12. Clemson 14-0, 252 (17)
The Tigers beat in-state rival South Carolina and East Carolina; will face Alabama and NC State this week.
Clemson ranked as high as fourth and as low as 24th.
13. Arizona State 12-2, 215 (15)
The Sun Devils defeated Central Connecticut State and Stanford, but lost to California last week; this week they will tip-off against Oregon State and Oregon.
Arizona State ranked as high as seventh but went unranked on two ballots.
14. Purdue 11-3, 174 (9)
The Boilermakers lost their only game to Illinois; this week will play Penn State and Wisconsin.
Purdue ranked as high as 12th and as low as 25th.
15. Villanova 12-2, 173 (11)
The Wildcats beat Temple, but lost to Marquette last week; this week will play Seton Hall and Louisville.
'Nova ranked as high as 11th and went unranked on one ballot.
16. Marquette 13-2, 152 (25)
The Golden Eagles knocked off Villanova and Cincinnati last week; will play Rutgers and West Virginia this week.
Marquette ranked as high as 12th but went unranked on multiple ballots.
17. Notre Dame 10-3, 148 (12)
The Fighting Irish lost to St. John's last week but defeated DePaul; will play Georgetown and Seton Hall this week.
Notre Dame ranked as high as 12th but went unranked on multiple ballots.
18. Minnesota 13-1, 118 (20)
The Golden Gophers lost to Michigan State but knocked off Ohio State; will play Iowa and Penn State this week.
Minnesota ranked as high as 12th but went unranked on multiple ballots.
19. Baylor 12-2, 104 (16)
The Bears defeated Portland State and Jackson State but lost at home to South Carolina; will play Texas Tech this week.
Baylor ranked as high as 14th, but went unranked on multiple ballots.
20. Xavier 11-2 101 (23)
The Musketeers defeated Robert Morris and Virginia this past week, and will play Saint Louis and Fordham this week.
Xavier ranked as high as 13th but went unranked on multiple ballots.
21. Butler 12-1, 74 (NR)
The Bulldogs beat UAB and Valparaiso this past week, and will play Wright State and Detroit this week.
Butler ranked as high as 14th but went unranked on multiple ballots.
22. West Virginia 11-2, 60 (NR)
The Mountaineers defeated Seton Hall this past week, and will have two challenges against UConn and Marquette this week.
WVU ranked as high as 14th but went unranked on multiple ballots.
23. Louisville 9-3, 59 (19)
The Cardinals fell to UNLV, but rebounded against Kentucky last week; the Cardinals will play South Florida and Villanova this week.
Louisville ranked as high as 16th but went unranked on many ballots.
24. Tennessee 9-3, 52 (21)
The Volunteers blew out Louisiana-Lafayette, but lost at Kansas last week; the Volunteers will play Gonzaga and Georgia this week.
Tennessee ranked as high as 16th but went unranked on many ballots.
25. Michigan 11-3, 44 (24)
The Wolverines lost at Wisconsin, but did win against Illinois and North Carolina-Central; Michigan will play Indiana and Iowa this week.
Gonzaga (18), Ohio State (22)
Others Receiving Votes
Dayton 41, Illinois State 34, Illinois 33, Saint Mary's 31, Ohio State 28, Texas A&M 28, Memphis 19, Boston College 18, Arkansas 16, Davidson 15, Wisconsin 14, Gonzaga 12, LSU 10, Utah State 9, BYU 9, UNLV 8, California 8, Kansas 5, Iowa 1
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