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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.

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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.

Quick Takes: Carolina keeps rolling

February 27, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015North Carolina has won 11 of its past 12 games.  Victories in that stretch include Virginia Tech, Louisville, Duke, Florida State, and Syracuse.  The Tar Heels’ lone loss? Virginia.  If you look at the ACC standings this morning, you’ll find Carolina a half-game up on Virginia; tied in the loss column.  UNC is not only in contention for an ACC regular-season title, the Heels are also in contention for a No. 1 seed.

Kentucky need a little Hero Ball from Tyler Herro, whose 29 points allowed the Wildcats to avoid a home stumble against Arkansas.  The victory will keep UK on the one-line when the next bracket arrives on Thursday. Read more…

Quick Takes: Carolina back in the ACC race

February 3, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Rightfully so, most Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) talk has recently centered around Duke and Virginia.  Quietly, though, North Carolina has reeled off five straight league wins, avenging their only league loss yesterday by rolling Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center.  This morning, the Tar Heels are 7-1 in the ACC and could have the inside track to a conference title.

Here’s why … With the exception of a quick road trip to Duke on February 20, UNC plays its remaining gauntlet games at home: NC State, Virginia, Florida State, and a second match-up with the Blue Devils.  Winning at Clemson is no guarantee, of course, nor is winning a home game against, say, Syracuse.  But if you take a quick glimpse through the schedule book, you can find a path for the Tar Heels to win the regular-season ACC crown.  We probably weren’t thinking that a couple of weeks ago. Read more…

Bracketology: Kansas move up, bubble tightens

March 10, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015My how things can change, right?

Kansas moves into the Midwest Region courtesy of the Jayhawks’ win over Kansas State and Xavier’s loss to Providence.  The Musketeers remain the fourth No. 1 seed this morning, shifting to the West Region.  Close behind, now, is North Carolina, which beat Duke for a second time. If the Tar Heels beat Virginia in the ACC title game, they could find themselves as a No. 1 seed come Sunday morning.

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Elsewhere, the bubble has tightened thanks to some upsets – particularly in the Mountain West.  Nevada is a likely at-large candidate, meaning their loss to San Diego State opens the door for SDSU or New Mexico to grab a seat, courtesy of the league’s automatic bid.  That’s bad news for teams along the cutline.

We still have more questions than answers, but as of this morning, Arizona State slides into the First Four and hopes to hang on.  If the Committee considers the non-conference season as important as the conference season, it’s hard to ignore ASU’s wins over Kansas, Xavier, and Kansas State (not to mention San Diego State and St. John’s).   Read more…