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Andy Katz on the Heels: Move ’em on up!

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You know you’ve got swag when an analyst says that a team you beat should actually move up in the polls because they kept the game so close. That’s exactly what Andy Katz is saying about North Carolina after their one point loss to the Kentucky Wildcats:

The college basketball polls aren’t going to decide anything with seeding or selections. The polls should be a snapshot of who the best teams are in the country. And that’s why I wouldn’t have a problem if North Carolina were ranked No. 3 behind Kentucky and Ohio State. I know. I know. UNC didn’t beat Kentucky. But can you honestly watch that game and not see one of the top three teams in the country? Syracuse is the current No. 3 and will stay that way when the polls are released Monday afternoon. I don’t have an issue with the Orange being No. 3, but after watching both teams in person and on television, North Carolina has more talent and has played a tougher schedule. So, if Syracuse stays at No. 3 behind Kentucky and Ohio State, North Carolina should actually move up to No. 4 to replace Duke — even in a loss to Kentucky. I’m not sure how or who should be out but Illinois, Creighton, Michigan State, Georgetown and Harvard would be in the polls if I were in control.

Now Indiana fans have something more logical to shoot for. If the Hoosiers can cover the spread against UK, then they may be able to crack the top 25. Imagine the crimson and cream celebrations that would follow. Dream big, IU!

Article written by Matthew Hays

25 Comments for Andy Katz on the Heels: Move ’em on up!

  1. catcrawler
    12:04 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Gotta agree with him

  2. NBA league pass
    12:10 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    was a foul called on that play?

  3. saki7
    12:11 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    I agree. UNC is on our level and played well in a hostile environment. They’re also better than Duke. Looking a little too far ahead, but already worrying about a matchup with OSU. Davis-Sullinger (or Jones-Sullinger) would be fun watch.

    12:14 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    2- you are crazy if u think they gave us a foul.

  5. Tyrone Biggums
    12:15 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    The potential of this team is awesome… I really thought we would lose about 4-5 games before the madness. I don’t see that as a possibility now.

  6. blueblue
    12:18 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    I think that even though it still early, three of the Final Four are already clear. UK, UNC, OSU will be in the FF. After that, who knows?

  7. John Denver
    12:21 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Even after UNC has lost 2 games, ESPN is still showing them and Puke massive love. I bet they could go under 500 and still be talked about.

  8. rupparena
    12:21 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    #6 You are crazy.

  9. Espn weekend top plays
    12:24 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Hi I’m ESPN I enjoy hating on univ of ky. So I’m not going to put the Davis game winning block or The jones put back dunk on the weekends top plays! #hatersgonnahate

  10. Kernel Sanders
    12:25 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    #8 UNC should still be talked about. Losing to UK in Rupp by 1 point in December is no shame in a great game by both teams. If UK had played as the #5 team at Chapel Hill and been beaten by 1 point, you know you would still be saying we are a Final Four team.

  11. DirtyD
    12:26 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    @3 Not worried about sullinger at all,he can play against smaller guys but he cant handle a long athletic team like UK sullinger has no hops at all!!!The only points he would get on us would be putbacks, Davis would put his stuff in the bleachers!!Let jones body up on him and let davis come from the weak side to alter him. Seriously watch him he cant jump just has a big rear-end!!!

  12. JPhelps
    12:30 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Or in other words, ESPN is trying to make an excuse to keep the Heels in the Top 5. Like they always do. A top 5 without either Duke or UNC is viewed apocalyptic in ESPN standards!

  13. Jeremy
    12:36 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    What is the line for the iu game

  14. GoCats2
    12:37 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    #12 agreed. Ohio State does not worry me. We match up better against them this year than we did last year.

  15. BlueMark
    12:39 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    #13 –

    You are correct. A top 5 without Dook or the Tardheels in it screws up their ability to hype a bunch of meaningless weeknight ACC games in January and February.

  16. catcrawler
    12:44 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    #14, it may be different in March, but Craft would dominate Teague right now.

  17. Jesse Travis
    12:50 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

  18. Cristoforouk
    12:54 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    16 – I agreed with you initially on that, but on second thought I am not so sure. They are actually pretty similar, but Craft is obviously better running a offense. But neither one is a scorer and both are very good defensively. If Craft defends Teague, we don’t lose much cause Teague doesn’t score much anyways. I think Teague could definitely hold his own on the defensive end against Craft. In the end I think they would cancel each other out.

  19. Litig8tr
    12:59 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    I cannot disagree with Katz. Duke should plummet in the polls after being humiliated by OSU. But they won’t. That game (OSU-Duke) demonstrates why K will never schedule a home & home series with a quality opponent. Duke will only play a quality opponent on the road when it is obligated to do so, such as the ACC/Big Ten challenge. The only other time they play quality non-conference opponents is on a neutral court in a tournament.

    Scheduling quality opponents home & home would too frequently expose that Duke is perennially overrated, hurt their standings in the polls and, ultimately their NCAA seeding.

  20. jaaaayyyy
    1:11 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    18, it’s not so much about scoring. It disrupts the entire offense when you are constantly nagging and distracting the point guard. That’s why Liggins guarded Craft alot in the second half last year. It makes it harder for the offense to flow. We already have problems with that. Craft would make it even more difficult than it is now. I think OSU and Syracuse (who has an enormously long zone defense, and some good midrange offensive play) would be tougher for us to handle than North Carolina if they are playing their best ball, which is what UNC played at Rupp.

  21. Jaws2
    1:15 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Geez, at least use a photo from this years game. It wasn’t like we didn’t have any to use.

  22. KD
    1:16 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    6) as clear as Kansas in 09-10
    19) …and their recruiting. Hell they even won a title in 2010 without playing a quality opponent…oops,forgot about Butler, my bad

  23. Al's IndiCats
    1:16 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    All the media loves the ACC. Even on the football side of things. Already heard a lot of bitching because Bama and LSU are going to the Championship game in FB.
    19 you are correct in that statement

  24. big hoss62
    1:31 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    The reason that puke gets so much attention on espn is because half of there anaylast played at duke and couldn’t make it in the NBA so now they have to talk about basketball instead of playing basketball.

  25. Chris
    3:31 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    I say we call Crimson and Cream, “Blood ‘n’ C*m.”