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 (Bob Donnan)
(Bob Donnan)

North Carolina is ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Preseason Top 25 poll for the ninth time, the most of any school in history.

The Tar Heels received 35 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky is ranked second with 10 first-place votes, followed by Maryland, which had 14 first-place votes, and Kansas, which was No. 1 on five ballots.

Carolina, which features four projected 2016 NBA Draft picks according to DraftExpress.com, was last ranked No. 1 in 2011-12.

Tags: AP Poll, Roy Williams, Adam Zagoria
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 (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)
(Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

North Carolina was picked to win the ACC regular season title on Wednesday, but head coach Roy Williamssays the fake-class scandal has hurt recruiting.

"We've already lived with it for two years," he said Wednesday on ESPNU as part of ACC media day. "It's hurt us in recruiting, it's hurt us in several different ways. We're mad, we're sad, we're disappointed that it happened but we gotta play basketball. We've gotta try to control the things that we can control and our kids out there on the court, they're going to be playing, they're not going to be thinking about this stuff that we've got going on."

According to NewsObserver.com, North Carolina has paid out more than $10 million in legal and public relations costs to cope with an NCAA investigation "into a system of fake classes taken by thousands of students, roughly half of them athletes, that spanned three decades."

Tags: Brandon Robinson, Harry Giles, Oak Hill (Va.), Rawle Alkins, Roy Williams, Tony Bradley, Udoka Azubuike, Adam Zagoria
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