The white-hot North Carolina Tar Heels have won 12 games in a row and have the look of a team that nobody wants to see come March Madness. With just over a week until Selection Sunday, the Tar Heels spot in the tournament is secure, but their seed is still up in the air.
In his most recent version of Bracketology, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has UNC as a 4 seed in the East Region. At this point and time, I would agree that the Heels are on the 4 line. However, this team should have a couple of opportunities to play top-ten teams, and wins in those games would most likely improve their eventual seed. If Carolina can get a W at Duke and/or get to the finals of the ACC tournament, their chances of being a 3 seed are really good. When you really look at it, the Tar Heels should probably already be on the 3 line when you compare their resume to a couple of teams Lunardi has as 3 seeds.
In my opinion Carolina is a top ten squad and the only reason that they are ranked #14 is because of those awful losses earlier in the season. It sure seems as if the pollsters are still penalizing the Tar Heels for losses to the likes of Belmont,UAB and Miami. If the media, the coaches and bracketologist are still punishing this team for bad games in November and December, it makes me wonder if the selection committee will do the same. I’m just saying.
UNC is not only playing for seeding but where they play can still be affected. Like I said earlier, if the Tar Heels can defeat Duke for a second time it “should” improve their seeding. But a W “should” also have them in line to replace the Blue Devils as the second ACC team projected to play in Raleigh, along with the conference champs Virginia. I believe that spot is definitely up for grabs, considering Carolina had better wins in the non-con and will finish no worse than tied with overrated Duke in the conference.
For a while I have had the belief that UNC is going to ultimately be a 4 seed. I still believe that but I am wavering a little bit because it’s a good chance that this team could be a 3. If UNC Basketball stays hot, how can the selection committee not give them a 3 seed and place them in Raleigh?