Last week UNC was unranked and on the bubble with two prime opportunities to add to their NCAA Tournament resume. Instead of positioning themselves for a decent seed in the tourney North Carolina fell to 16-8 (6-5 overall) after falling to Miami and Duke. The Tar Heels are running out of opportunities to build a case for the selection committee.
Carolina has seven games remaining on their regular season schedule, just two of which will be against ranked opponents both of which they have lost to already this season. One thing on the Tar Heels side is the fact that they have the toughest ACC schedule as the only team that will face each of the conferences winning programs twice this season.
UNC currently has the 19th ranked strength of schedule which is projected to finish 13th by seasons end and an RPI of #36 in the nation. Which works in the Tar Heels favor but it doesn’t hide the glaring fact that so far this season the Heels have only two quality wins and it doesn’t bode well for them that both of those wins were against teams no longer ranked (Maryland, UNLV).
The Tar Heels next opponent Virginia has played well lately with seven wins in their last eight games a win over the Cavaliers would help but the only thing that would significantly held UNC punch their ticket to the big dance now is wins over NC State and Duke to close out the season and that’s one tall order.