UNC Basketball: Where Tar Heels stand in ESPN’s latest bracketology

Here’s where North Carolina lands in Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi released his sixth bracketology of the season on Friday, and there was little movement among the nation’s top teams. In fact, there was only one change made to the field’s top 12 seeds; Buffalo moving into the East Region’s 3-seed, while Texas Tech dropped to the No. 4 seed in the Midwest.

Kansas, Duke, Virginia and Michigan — who have combined for just one loss on the season — held firmly onto the top seeds in their respective regions. Gonzaga, Michigan State, Nevada and Tennessee remain the 2-seeds, while Wisconsin, Auburn and North Carolina are joined by Buffalo as the bracket’s 3-seeds. Nebraska and Oklahoma are now 4-seeds in the East and South regions, respectively, joining Virginia Tech and Texas Tech, who lost to Duke on Thursday.

For North Carolina, it’s the fourth consecutive bracket that the Tar Heels have had a projected 3-seed following losses to Texas and Michigan that knocked them off the 2-line. After an impressive win over then-No. 4 Gonzaga, the Tar Heels don’t look to be in any immediate danger of falling to the 4-line.

A win against Kentucky on Saturday at the CBS Sports Classic would only strengthen the Tar Heels’ current position in the bracket. The Wildcats are currently 8-2, and tabbed as the No. 8 seed in the South region. Of course, the Tar Heels will have a multitude of opportunities during conference play to strengthen their tournament resume and better position themselves in March.

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