Sunday, March 17, 2013

North Carolina Tar Heels get an 8 seed in the South Region

March Madness has officially begun! The Tar Heels just missed claiming an ACC Championship in what has been considered a down year. The committee did the Tar Heels no favors today giving them the eight seed in the south region. Their first round matchup is against a very tough Villanova team. If they do make it to the third round they will have to take on the Big 12 champion Kansas Jayhawks. We know how the committee likes to create story lines as Roy Williams could face his former team for the second consecutive season in the tournament. Last year the Jayhawks knocked off the top seeded Tar Heels that were without their starting point guard, Kendall Marshall. 

I am a bit surprised at the Tar Heels being an eight seed as they were ranked 16th in the RPI and had the 11th strongest schedule. That being said,what you need to know about the Villanova Wildcats is they are well coached by Jay Wright. The Tar Heels matchup very well with them as far as size goes. Sophmore forward, JayVaughn Pinkston is the Wildcats leading scorer. The Wildcats have been battle tested in the Big East and have wins against Louisville, Syracuse, Georgetown and Marquette.

At fist glance I think it is safe to say that the South region is very tough. The top four seeds (Kansas, Georgetown, Florida and Michigan) have all been discussed as potential number one seeds in the last three weeks. Throw in one of the hottest teams in the NCAA in the last month of the season and a team that can shoot and play lights out in North Carolina. By this time next week will all by ripping up our brackets!

The Tar Heels will play on Friday and the time will be determined later this week.

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