These people picked the Blue Devils.
This columnist picked Dook too.
And in betting circles, Dook is also the favorite.
This lack of respect seems particularly odd considering how well the Heels have been playing of late. What hotter team is there in college basketball right now? UNC is just one place behind Dook in the rankings and one place behind them in the RPI.
Plus in the head-to-head meetings, Carolina dominated Dook for 3 of the 4 halves this season. They didn’t just get a slight edge on Dook for those 60 minutes, they completely owned them. If it comes down to a UNC-Dook final on Sunday, as many expect it will, who will you put your money on?
The U.S. Dept. of Education has released its annual figures tracking sports revenues, and UNC is #3 in money earned from hoops. The university raked in more than $20 million last year. This is a lot, considering that the median figure earned by a BCS school was $8.8 million. Oddly, Duke and Louisville rank #1 and #2.
Well, this took a while, but here — as best as we can tell — is the full transcript of Larry Drew’s birthday party rap from Monday night. If you were feeling sorry for him, or felt like he was being victimized by his overbearing mom, you probably won’t after reading this. He comes off as egotistical and above it all, and his strategy is clearly to play the victim. The part about him not wanting to stick to “a script full of typos” is especially puzzling. So, the coaches didn’t know what they were doing? Then how do you explain ACC regular season champs, Larry?
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Do the Heels have any chance of landing one of the top seeds in the NCAA tourney? Personally, we doubt it, but there are some people out there making the case.
The thinking goes that if Carolina can win the ACC tournament — which would presumably mean they’d meet then clobber Dook again in the final — they will have done enough to be in consideration for a #1. Another factor the committee might take into consideration is the team’s momentum. The Heels definitely have the wind at their backs and are probably one of the most improved teams in all of college basketball. They’re certainly peaking as we head into March Madness, and they may continue to improve during the postseason, as they did last year during the NIT.
What does anyone else think? Is a #1 seed possible?