The No. 1 Michigan State Spartans were flying high after their 7-0 start to the 2013-14 college basketball season that includes a win over the then No.1 Kentucky Wildcats. However, they fell 79-65 against the unranked North Carolina Tar Heels. UNC outplayed the Spartans all game and deserve the victory.
However, Michigan State shouldn’t worry about this loss to an extremely talented team. North Carolina has already defeated the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals and can show flashes of being one of the best teams in the country. On top of that, the Spartans have a fairly easy remaining non-conference schedule. Their toughest remaining non-conference opponent is the Texas Longhorns.
Even with the loss to UNC, Michigan State still looks like it’s the best team in the Big 10. The Michigan Wolverines continue to lose games, the Ohio State Buckeyes haven’t played any top teams and the Wisconsin Badgers have a habit of going cold from the field at times. The Spartans should feel very confident about their chances of winning the Big 10 in the regular season.
Since a majority of the top teams in college basketball already have a loss, the loss to North Carolina should not damage their chances of obtaining a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Big 10 is going to be difficult, but with a decent showing, they should easily be able to win most of their conference games.
If Michigan State can win the Big Ten, a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament is definitely in their future – even with a loss to unranked North Carolina.