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Murray's AP Top 25: North Carolina up, Villanova down

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North Carolina picked up a big win over Gonzaga. (Handout)

Nevada Sports Net columnist Chris Murray is one of 65 voters in the college basketball AP Top 25 poll. Here is a look at the biggest movers and shakers in his poll this week.

Team on the rise

* North Carolina: The Tar Heels knocked off Gonzaga to pick up its third Quad 1 victory of the season, the third most in the NCAA. Yes, North Carolina already has two losses, but they were to Michigan and Texas, neither being bad defeats, and it has victories over Gonzaga, UCLA and Wofford (which right now is a Q1 win). North Carolina moved from 13th to ninth on my ballot, with Gonzaga falling from fifth to 10th after its second straight loss (the Bulldogs are 2-2 in their four Quad 1 games).

Team on the fall

* Villanova: The defending national champs are having a rough start to their season and sit at 8-4 after two losses last week (to Penn and Kansas, both by three points). All four of Villanova’s losses were Quad 1 games, with three of the defeats coming against unbeaten teams (Kansas, Furman and Michigan), so I wouldn’t go too crazy calling for the demise of the Wildcats, but they don’t have enough quality wins to merit a spot in the Top 25, so I moved them from 24th on my ballot to unranked.

About the Wolf Pack

* Nevada: The Wolf Pack pulled out a closer-than-expected 72-68 victory over South Dakota State in its lone game last week, its defense saving the day again. With Gonzaga’s loss, I moved Nevada up a spot to No. 6 on my ballot (that shows you week-over-week rankings depend nearly as much on what others do than what you do yourself). I’d expect Nevada to move up a slot on the overall Top 25, too. The team’s only game this week is Saturday against Akron (6-4, zero Quad 1, 2 or 3 wins).

Chris Murray’s AP Top 25

1. Kansas (1)

2. Michigan (2)

3. Duke (3)

4. Tennessee (4)

5. Virginia (6)

6. Nevada (7)

7. Auburn (8)

8. Florida State (9)

9. North Carolina (13)

10. Gonzaga (5)

11. Texas Tech (10)

12. Buffalo (11)

13. Virginia Tech (12)

14. Ohio State (14)

15. Michigan State (15)

16. Marquette (16)

17. Kentucky (17)

18. Wisconsin (18)

19. Iowa (19)

20. Arizona State (20)

21. Mississippi State (21)

22. North Carolina State (22)

23. Furman (23)

24. Houston (25)

25. Indiana (n/r)

Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at crmurray@sbgtv.com or follow him on Twitter @MurrayNSN.

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