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!