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4 Reasons Why UNC Won't Get a No. 1 Seed in NCAA March Madness Tournament

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No. 3 UNC has been one of the most exciting college basketball teams to watch this season. Despite early-season inconsistency, the Tar Heels are now 25-5 and are tied for first in the ACC with No. 2 Virginia, heading into their final regular season game with No. 4 Duke.


The Tar Heels are tied for the fifth-best odds to win the NCAA Tournament (+1400), according to FanDuel Sportsbook, which means there's still lots of work that needs to be done before they lock up a No. 1 seed. UNC is still fighting with Duke and Virginia for the regular-season ACC title, and at least one of the three teams likely won't be awarded a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.


Here are five reasons why UNC may have to settle for a No. 2 seed come the madness.

4. UNC Beat a Zion-less Duke

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While North Carolina has seven victories against top-10 teams this season, none have been bigger than its road win over then-No. 1 Duke back on Feb. 20. Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, there's a giant asterisk next to that W. Duke's superstar freshman, Zion Williamson, left in the first minute of the game with an injury and hasn't played since. Williamson's absence simply takes away some of the significance of UNC's biggest win of the season.

3. Home Loss to Texas

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The biggest blemish on UNC's tournament resume might just be its home loss to the Texas Longhorns. While No. 1 seeds often have some losses, the room for error is typically allotted for losses in games on the road against top-25 competition, not to unranked opponents at home. It will be tough for the committee to ignore a home loss against an unranked Texas team.

2. Home Loss vs Louisville

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North Carolina also lost at home to Louisville. While the Cardinals have been inconsistent this season, they're 19-11 overall and have posted three top-15 wins, one coming against the Tar Heels. UNC did avenge the victory, winning at Louisville, but a second loss at home to an unranked team could be something that keeps the Tar Heels off the one line.

1. The Virginia Cavaliers

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UVA has lost two games all season, both to Duke, who is expected to be a No. 1 seed as long as Zion returns prior to the big dance. If UVA can finish the season with a share of the ACC regular-season title and win the ACC Tournament, it's nearly impossible to not awards the Cavaliers with a No. 1 seed. UNC also played Virginia earlier this season, losing at home to the Cavs, 69-61, back on Feb. 11. And it's hard to see the committee awarding three No. 1 seeds to ACC teams.

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