North Carolina, an 82-69 winner over Kentucky on Saturday, remained No. 1 in both the Associated Press and United Press International college basketball polls announced yesterday.

Kentucky, ranked second last week in both polls, fell to third in the UPI poll and fourth in AP.

North Carolina (6-0) received 24 first-place votes in 26 ballots cast by the UPI coaches board while piling up 388 points. In the AP poll, the Tar Heels received 50 of 53 first-place votes and 1,055 points in the weekly balloting of sportswriters and sportscasters.

Virginia (8-0) received one first-place vote in the UPI poll while moving into the No. 2 slot with 308 points. Wichita State was ranked second by AP, with Virginia No. 3.

"It's far too early to get excited about this team," North Carolina Coach Dean Smith said after Saturday's game. "We do have to get better. We don't have any illusions about No. 1. We have a tough schedule, and I want to be there in March."

Virginia moved up in the polls after victories over NAIA-level Chaminade and Brigham Young-Hawaii.

Georgetown continued in the 17th position in the AP poll. The Hoyas slipped back to 15th in UPI after being ranked 13th last week.