Don't Count Out North Carolina Tar Heels for the ACC Tournament

By Trevor Lowry
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The North Carolina Tar Heels (21-8, 11-5 ACC) are not even close to being as good as they were last season, but they are still a good team this year. The Tar Heels are on a five-game winning streak and they should not be counted out for the ACC tournament just yet.

The way things are looking, North Carolina will likely get a No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. However, we can still expect a showdown against this team and Duke in the final game of the season, which will serve as some serious bragging rights. Assuming that North Carolina beats Maryland–it already has once this season–the Tar Heels will have the chance to tie the Blue Devils with a 13-5 conference record.

However, Duke does have Ryan Kelly back and it definitely shows. The Blue Devils have not lost this season with him in the lineup.

Whether the case, North Carolina has been playing some great basketball and wins against Maryland and Duke to close out the season would go a long ways in the NCAA tournament, at least in terms of seeding.

The Tar Heels have three players that are scoring 10 or more points per game in James Michael McAdoo, Reggie Bullock and P.J. Hairston. However, they do have three other players that are putting up seven or more points per game. This is a big reason why this team is averaging the 14th most points per game in all of college basketball. However, North Carolina is also the ninth team in the nation when it comes to rebounds per game and second in the nation in assists per game.

Needless to say, the Tar Heels will be a tough out in the ACC tournament.


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