However, this is a completely different Tar Heels team from last season and they are coming off of their best victory of the year. North Carolina will open up conference play against the Virginia Cavaliers on Jan. 6 on the road. Virginia is also 10-3 on the year and has two impressive wins over the Wisconsin Badgers and Tennessee Volunteers.
James Michael McAdoo is leading the team with 14.8 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game. The Tar Heels also have two other players averaging in double figures in points. However, North Carolina is third in the nation when it comes to points scored per game, with 83.4 points per game. The Tar Heels are also ranked third in the nation in rebounds per game and second in the country in assists per game.
North Carolina will definitely be trailing its rival in terms of being the favorite to win the ACC title this year. The Duke Blue Devils are currently undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the country.
With that said, North Carolina is on a two game winning streak and the Tar Heels are starting to look like a team that can defend for an ACC title.