Georgetown, with a 72-42 victory over St. John's at Madison Square Garden last Wednesday and a 67-51 triumph over Boston College Sunday night at Capital Centre--its 12th straight victory--moved up in the top 10 in both college basketball wire service polls released yesterday.
With a 13-2 record, the Hoyas moved from ninth place to seventh in the United Press International coaches' poll and from 13th to eighth in the Associated Press poll.
North Carolina, which survived a challenge from Virginia last week in a battle of the nation's top-ranked teams, again was an almost unanimous choice as the No. 1 team in both polls.
The Tar Heels, who overcame a nine-point second-half deficit in edging then-No. 2 Virginia, 65-60, last Saturday, received 58 of 59 first-place votes in the AP poll. North Carolina (12-0) collected 1,179 points--one short of perfection--from the nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
North Carolina's victory over Virginia marked the second time this season it had won a battle involving the first- and second-ranked teams. On Dec. 26, the Tar Heels defeated then-No. 2 Kentucky, 82-69, to retain the top spot, which they have held since the preseason poll.
Missouri (11-0) jumped two notches to No. 2 in the AP poll, edging Virginia (12-1) for second place. The Cavaliers remained in second place in the UPI poll.
Missouri remained unbeaten, with triumphs over Austin Peay and Colorado.