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Who saw this coming 13 Saturday mornings ago?

Posted on: March 5, 2011 11:10 am
Edited on: March 5, 2011 11:19 am
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina is a 1-point favorite over Duke tonight, according to That means the Tar Heels are favored to be outright ACC champions, and who could've predicted this in early December?

When we woke up 13 Saturdays ago, Kyrie Irving was healthy, Duke was undefeated and North Carolina had played seven games and lost three of them -- to Minnesota, Vanderbilt and Illinois. So the two rivals were headed in different directions, it seemed. But on the same day (Dec. 4) the Tar Heels recorded their first notable victory (a 75-73 win over Kentucky), Irving suffered a toe injury that's sidelined him ever since.

The Blue Devils have been good subsequently.

But they've never been the same.

Meantime, UNC eventually benched Larry Drew II and inserted Kendall Marshall into the starting lineup, and the Tar Heels got better when Drew quit, which will forever serve as his Carolina legacy. Either way, the result is this: the team (Duke) ranked No. 1 on Dec. 4 is currently tied atop the ACC standings with a team (North Carolina) unranked on Dec. 4, and that unranked team is now a home favorite in tonight's regular-season finale here at the Dean Smith Center.

It's quite the turn of events, clearly.

Tipoff is at 8 ET.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2011 8:26 am

Who saw this coming 13 Saturday mornings ago?

BYU and SDSU i think have earned a #2 seed, but a couple of things need to happen for them to get a #1. I think Notre Dame has gained a ton of momentum and if they win the Big East Tourney, they have a great sho to take a #1 seed. I think its still possible for Pitt to get the other too with a loss in to ND in the finals match. I think its tough to give either BYU or SDSU a #1 though because they havent played anyone outside the conference, and BYU has 2 losses that look really bad from in conference.

I have to agree with your 4, but Kansas has to lose and ND has to lose for either MWC team to move up.

Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2011 9:13 pm

Who saw this coming 13 Saturday mornings ago?

Kansas if loses big8 conference tournament ... 

Now, THAT would be a story!  (The big8 hasn't been around for over a dozen years).

p.s.  Kansas and Ohio State are the "locks" -- the rest are still up in the air.

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2011 7:45 pm

Who saw this coming 13 Saturday mornings ago?

Excellent article Gary. Hope you enjoy the
Carolina Blue vs Duke game . My son is
there also...but he's dressed in disquise as
he's a die-hard DUKE fan..
#1 seeds
1. Pittsburg lock
2. Duke or UNC?  if winner tonite takes the acc conference #1 SEED?
3. Ohio State LOCK
4. Kansas if loses big8 conference tournament then I would chose the winner of byu/sdsu as 4th #1 seed

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2011 6:51 pm

Who saw this coming 13 Saturday mornings ago?

I can tell you what I didn't see...the last five minutes of the KU/MU basketball game. I sure hope that there aren't any sunspots, or contractual obligations that conflict with the Duke/UNC game! Maybe some apology on the CBS's website would be appropriate.

Speaking on behalf of ALL college basketball fans, these famous CBS cutaways are the reason the entire nation was praying that ESPN would pickup the NCAA tourney contract.  I'm sure you guys will find some way to screw up the TruTV (and whatever other crazy networks the games will be on) television deal. If I ask really nicely will you let ESPN broadcast the tournament?

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2011 12:59 pm
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