North Carolina No. 1 in preseason AP Top 25 men’s basketball

  • FILE - North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis reacts during the second half of a college basketball game against Kansas in the finals of the Men's Final Four NCAA tournament, Monday, April 4, 2022, in New Orleans. With four starters back from the team that blew a 15-point halftime lead to Kansas at the Superdome in New Orleans, the Tar Heels were the runaway pick as the preseason No. 1 in the AP Top 25 on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

  • FILE - North Carolina players celebrate their victory against Duke after a college basketball game in the semifinal round of the Men's Final Four NCAA tournament, Saturday, April 2, 2022, in New Orleans. North Carolina won 81-77. With four starters back from the team that blew a 15-point halftime lead to Kansas at the Superdome in New Orleans, the Tar Heels were the runaway pick as the preseason No. 1 in the AP Top 25 on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

North Carolina surprised just about everyone last year when a talented team led by first-year coach Hubert Davis parlayed a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament into a run to the national title game.