Veteran Heels seen as nation’s top team
Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 7:02 pm
By JIM O’CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer
North Carolina broke a tie with its fiercest rival and moved into one with one of college basketball’s most storied programs.
The Tar Heels, who return all five starters from the team that reached the regional finals last season, were the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press’ men’s preseason Top 25 on Friday.
It is the eighth time they have received that honor since the preseason poll started in 1961-62.
That breaks a tie with Duke, North Carolina’s Tobacco Road rival, and moves them into a tie with UCLA.
“It shows that North Carolina basketball has had a tremendous level of success over a long, long period of time,” coach Roy Williams said.
North Carolina received all but three of the No. 1 votes, finishing well ahead of Kentucky.
Published in The Messenger 11.1.11