This joins the No. 11 ranking the Tar Heels received in the USA TODAY Coaches' poll released earlier this week.
Carolina is ranked in the AP preseason poll for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons with last year being the only time since 2001-02 that the team did not start inside the Top 25.
The AP poll includes six teams on this year's schedule, including No. 2 Duke, No. 4 Tennessee, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 8 Maryland, No. 17 Nebraska and No. 22 South Carolina.