The Washington Times - January 12, 2009, 10:35AM

What to do with North Carolina?

Last night’s loss at Wake Forest shouldn’t be viewed as all that damaging. The Tar Heels fell to an unbeaten team on its home court. It happens.

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Of course, that Boston College loss sure looks worse after the Eagles’ bad week.

So what to do with Carolina? I dropped Roy’s Boys to No. 5. There’s a decent case for the Heels to fall further (beyond Oklahoma and Syracuse). Any lower is probably too tough a sell.

Anyway, here’s a full top 45 to start the week:

1. Pittsburgh (15-0)
2. Wake Forest (14-0)
3. Duke (14-1)
4. Connecticut (14-1)
5. North Carolina (14-2)
6. Oklahoma (14-1)
7. Syracuse (16-1)
8. Michigan State (13-2)
9. Notre Dame (12-3)
10. Clemson (16-0)
11. UCLA (13-2)
12. Georgetown (11-3)
13. Butler (14-1)
14. Xavier (13-2)
15. Marquette (15-2)
16. Texas (12-3)
17. California (15-2)
18. Baylor (13-2)
19. Gonzaga (10-4)
20. Arizona State (14-2)
21. Saint Mary’s (15-1)
22. Miami (12-3)
23. Illinois (14-2)
24. Purdue (12-4)
25. Tennessee (10-4)


26. Davidson (11-3)
27. West Virginia (11-4)
28. Michigan (13-3)
29. Minnesota (15-1)
30. Louisville (11-3)
31. Villanova (13-3)
32. Memphis (12-3)
33. Wisconsin (12-4)
34. Ohio State (11-3)
35. Brigham Young (13-2)
36. Arkansas (12-2)
37. Florida (14-2)
38. Oklahoma State (12-3)
39. Kentucky (12-4)
40. Utah State (15-1)
41. Kansas (11-4)
42. Washington (11-4)
43. Texas A&M (14-2)
44. Arizona (11-5)
45. San Diego State (12-3)

It’s safe to consider George Mason and Maryland among the next five teams at this point.

Patrick Stevens