Posts Tagged ‘North Carolina Tar Heels’

QT: UNC falls again, Marquette routs Baylor

December 1, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesWhile it’s not surprising North Carolina lost to a good Indiana team in Bloomington Wednesday night, it is surprising the Tar Heels have dropped three straight.  Thus far, UNC hasn’t looked anything like a potential No. 1 seed.  The Heels’ schedule gets no easier this weekend with a Sunday trip to Virginia Tech.

How about Marquette?  The Golden Eagles routed Baylor in Milwaukee.  Marquette lost by just five at Purdue and by three to Mississippi State in Fort Myers.  It’s one game, but it helps the early profiles of both MU and MSU.

Speaking of routs, Michigan State was throttled by a Notre Dame squad that was coming off a double-digit loss to St. Bonaventure.  The Irish blew the game open early and never looked back.

A little reminder that life on the road is tough and road wins remain nuggets of gold. Read more…

QT: Dealing with Carolina and the cutline

February 17, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesIn ways that North Carolina would rather not discuss, the Tar Heels’ home loss to Pittsburgh Wednesday night raises an interesting question: How would the Selection Committee manage UNC’s profile?

As of early this morning, UNC’s resume features zero wins against teams currently projected to be In the Field.  The Heels’ best tallies are Michigan, Virginia Tech and Virginia at home.  Until Wednesday, the counter argument was that while UNC was 0-7 against Quad 1 opponents, they had also only lost to Quad 1 opponents.  Sometimes, avoiding anything bad can be enough, even if just barely.  Now, the Tar Heels no longer have that luxury.  Ahead of the ACC tournament, UNC’s best opportunities to add something meaningful are at Virginia Tech this weekend and then at Duke on March 5. Read more…

QT: Kansas keeps B12 lead; UNC holds on

January 25, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesKansas held off Texas Tech in two overtimes to maintain its Big 12 lead.  The Jayhawks have won five straight in advance of Saturday’s showdown with Kentucky.  Following the UK game, KU travels to Iowa State and hosts Baylor.  If the Jayhawks go 3-0 in that stretch, they will be in the driver’s seat for another Big 12 title and also for a No. 1 seed.

North Carolina earned a critical home win against Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels were among the First Four OUT on Monday.  From a NET perspective, beating VT adds a second Quad 2 win, moving the Heels to 2-6 against Q/s 1/2.  Next up: Boston College and NC State at home.  Safe to say, it would be best for UNC to sweep that double-dip in Chapel Hill. Read more…

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Bracket Bits: Trouble brewing for North Carolina?

December 17, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015With the latest bracket posted, let’s look between the seed lines and ask a couple of questions …

Could there be trouble brewing for North Carolina?
The Tar Heels have lost three straight and four of five.  Mind you, the list of opponents during that stretch has been impressive: Michigan, Oregon, Ohio State, and Virginia – so a loss or two could have been expected.  Four is a slightly different story – especially given the lopsided result to Ohio State in Chapel Hill.

Then came the news that freshman sensation Cole Anthony is out indefinitely with an injury – followed by Sunday’s loss at home to Wofford.

What’s next, you ask? The Heels travel cross-country to to play Gonzaga tomorrow night at The Kennel.  A loss would drop UNC to 6-5 and likely out of our pre-Christmas bracket projection (planned for Christmas Eve).  Even if you weren’t that high on the Heels coming into the season, that news is still a bit shocking. Read more…

Bracketology: Carolina, Kentucky move up

March 11, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015We begin a new week with two new No. 1 seeds … North Carolina and Kentucky.  The Tar Heels arrive after completing a season sweep of Duke.  The Wildcats arrive after beating Florida and having Tennessee fall at Auburn.

Bracketology   |   Seed List

The Blue Devils and Volunteers are next on the Seed List and could move back up with strong tourney showings.  Keep an eye, too, on Michigan State.  The Spartans beat Michigan a second time and winning the Big Ten tournament would put them in the conversation for a one seed.

Along the bubble, a few early-round tournament games might well end up being de-facto elimination games, especially in the ACC, Big East, and Big 10.  The cutline is a very unsettled landscape and it’s likely to change several times between now and Sunday.

Then we have teams like Belmont and Furman, both of whom must sit, wait, and watch.  It’s going to be a long week.