North Carolina spent last Sunday as college basketball's biggest loser, then spent this Sunday as college basketball's biggest winner. It's one of the great things about this sport -- watching teams adapt and make people reconsider everything they thought they knew.
You can put them in those iconic blue uniforms, let them walk out of the home locker room at the Dean Smith Center, and even give them a Hall of Fame coach with two national titles on his resume. But that alone won't make North Carolina very good. If you didn't realize it before, surely you realize it now -- after Sunday's home loss to Belmont.
While North Carolina continues to wait for a decision from James Michael McAdoo, the Tar Heels did suffer an early-entry blow late Monday night. Swingman Reggie Bullock is heading to the NBA, the school announced on Tuesday.
I refuse to make too much of a home win over a Maryland team that is equal parts suspect to what North Carolina embodies.
And let's not forget that we can't have it both ways: Beating Maryland has become a quasi-detriment/indictment on Kentucky's resume, so this W can't be worth too much protein for UNC.