AP POLL: Oklahoma remains atop the College Basketball’s Top 25

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I wrote about it over on the Coaches Poll post: There is not justification for ranking North Carolina over Oklahoma unless you ignore evidence and just believe that North Carolina is the best.

And that’s OK with me.

I am actually still riding with my pick that the Tar Heels will win the National Title. They haven’t done anything to change my opinion — assuming that, eventually, Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson learn how to shoot again — so I don’t have an issue with voters putting UNC No. 1.

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But long story short: the empirical evidence says that Oklahoma is the No. 1 team in the country, meaning that the only way you can rank North Carolina above the Sooners is if you simply think the Tar Heels are better. The AP voters don’t think so

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Anyway, here is the Coaches Poll:

1. Oklahoma (18-2, 45 first-place votes)
2. North Carolina (19-2, 20)
3. Villanova (18-3)
4. Maryland (19-3)
5. Iowa (17-4)
6. Xavier (19-2)
7. Kansas (17-4)
8. Texas A&M (18-3)
9. Virginia (17-4)
10. Michigan State (19-4)
11. Providence (18-4)
12. SMU (19-1)
13. Iowa State (16-5)
14. West Virginia (17-4)
15. Baylor (17-4)
16. Oregon (18-4)
17. Miami (FL) (16-4)
18. Purdue (19-4)
19. Louisville (17-4)
20. Kentucky (16-5)
21. Wichita State (16-5)
22. Indiana (18-4)
23. Arizona (17-5)
24. Dayton (18-3)
25. South Carolina (19-2)