ESPN's Seth Greenberg picks North Carolina as ACC's second best team so far in 2021
With Duke dominating most ACC basketball headlines in Mike Krzyzewski’s final season, other ACC stories are flying under the radar.
That would include North Carolina, who is off to a 6-2 start in Hubert Davis’ first campaign and has an impressive blowout win over Michigan already on its résumé.
The Blue Devils are still widely believed to be the ACC’s best team, but how far behind is UNC? ESPN’s Seth Greenberg addressed North Carolina on Packer and Durham Tuesday morning and called the Tar Heels the second best team in the ACC so far.
“I’d say it would be North Carolina,” Greenberg said. “Carolina’s potential, they’ve started to play better. I thought they’ve started to defend a little bit.”
North Carolina has struggled on the defensive end this year, but that has improved. The Tar Heels have given up 62 points or less in each of their last three games — including wins over Michigan and Georgia Tech.
Greenberg also noted the improvement of North Carolina’s guard play.
“The guards have been really good. The best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores, they’re shooting it better,” Greenberg said.
That’s especially true for former 5-star prospect Caleb Love, who has been sensational so far this season. Love is averaging an efficient 16.3 points per game while shooting above 40 percent from beyond the arc. He’s also been significantly better as a distributor so far this season.
As a result, North Carolina has the No. 9 adjusted offensive efficiency rating in the country, per KenPom. That’s the best mark in the ACC.
“I think the light switch is starting to go on,” Greenberg added.
North Carolina faces Elon on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET.