The unranked North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans 79-65 in what has been heralded by some as the biggest upset of the college basketball season so far. The UNC victory over Michigan State should be considered an upset, but it is nowhere near as big of an upset as so many people are making it out to be.
North Carolina may have been 4-2 going into the game, but their two losses were to two teams that are a lot better than they are given credit. The Tar Heels’ first loss came at the hands of the Belmont Bruins. Belmont is a sleeper for the 2014 NCAA Tournament, and will continue to pull off upsets this season.
I believe that they may upset the Kentucky Wildcats when they play on December 21. The loss to the UAB Blazers looks a lot worse, but it will be hard for UNC to win any games this season if James Michael McAdoo only scores six points like he did against the Blazers.
On top of the unimportance of their losses, North Carolina defeated the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals. Louisville won the 2013 NCAA Tournament and is a favorite to win the 2014 NCAA Tournament as well. Any team that can beat Rick Pitino and the Cardinals is one of the best teams in the nation.
North Carolina’s upset over Michigan State is a big deal, but it’s definitely not as big as everyone is making it out to be. There are a lot more upsets in UNC’s future, and their next top-five opponent, No. 3 Kentucky, should be very worried.