...and once again UNC is a top seed.
I am way late on checking on the new rankings from both the main stream ones (AP & ESPN/USA Today) and the best of the best for bloggers, CollegeHoopsNet. North Carolina stayed put on all three polls, with the two media ones keeping the Heels third and CHN having them second. They are the only Top 5 team for the ACC, joining UConn who is first (and yes I know they lost), Oklahoma, Pittsburgh (who beat the Huskies) and Memphis (for the AP) and Michigan State (ESPN/USA Today). CHN has UConn, UNC, OU, Pitt and Memphis as the Top 50 teams.
The other teams from the conference to join North Carolina are the following:
Wake: AP- 8th ESPN/USA Today- 8th CHN- 7th
Duke: AP- 9th ESPN/USA Today- 9th CHN- 8th
Clemson: AP- 13th ESPN/USA Today- 13th CHN- 10th
As you can see there is no difference between the two main stream media when it comes to the ACC teams, and very little between them and CHN's. This shows me, for what I understand of all of this, that this season the ACC is very top heavy, and while Carolina is the clear leader right now, being two games ahead of anyone with five to go in the year, the middle of the pack is pretty big and it should be interesting to see how many squads make the NCAA Tournament. If it was to start now let's see what Joe Lunardi's bracketology as well as Shawn Seigel's brackets would say about the ACC.
The World Leader of Sport has eight teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina is the number one seed of the MidWest according to Lunardi. In that bracket there is only one more ACC team, Boston College, an eleven seed. In the East bracket (UConn = top seed) there are two as well, third seed Duke and eighth seed Florida State. In the West, where Pitt is the top seed, there is Clemson (a 3 seed) and Miami (Fl) (a 11 seed). In the South brackets, which has Oklahoma as the top seed, Wake Forest is a two seed while Virginia Tech is a nine seed. Just for fun, the "best conference" still only has eight teams in the tournament according to Joe Lunardi, so much for the Big East being the end all in college basketball this year.
College Hoops Net has seven teams from the ACC. Once again, no change for the Heels, as they are the top seed on CHN's brackets as well. Duke and Clemson are both two seeds however (Lunardi has both of them as three seed). Wake, who ESPN has a two seed, on CHN has been placed as a three seed. Florida State is an eight seed, while Boston College is one step down at nine. The last team for CHN is Virginia Tech, who comes in as an eleven seed. I will finish this post with a find from the internet, where on FanHouse Bracketology Busters: No. 1 Pretender talks about a top seed, Oklahoma, being overrated, while a Big East team, West Virginia, being underrated, you decide!
The fun part about all of this? Is that next week all the polls, the brackets, and the experts will do it all over again, and I just love watching all of this unfold.