Joe Lunardi calls North Carolina the 'biggest underachiever' of 2023 season
Joe Lunardi shared his disappointment in North Carolina during his latest bracketology update on Tuesday morning.
The ESPN analyst called North Carolina the “biggest underachiever” of this college basketball season. Lunardi also indicated he had major doubts that UNC would be able to turn things around before Selection Sunday.
Currently, UNC is amongst the “first four out” on Lunardi’s bracket projection. This analysis from Lunardi accompanied his latest bracketology update:
It is long past time to address the elephant in the room. A week or so ago that team appeared to be Kentucky. With the Wildcats righting their ship, the title of “biggest underachiever” is held solely by North Carolina. The Tar Heels lost the latest “save their season” game at NC State on Sunday and now carry the burden of an 0-9 Quadrant 1 record into the final two weeks of the schedule. UNC sits as “First Team Out” in this latest bracket update, which is probably generous, and is running out of time to do anything about it. With just four games remaining before the ACC tournament, the Heels (16-11, 8-8) would appear to need to win at least three or face an AQ-or-bust scenario in Greensboro next month. Raise your hand if that seems likely.
North Carolina has lost 5 of its last 6 games and still has 4 games to go in the regular season. Two of those games are vs. NCAA Tournament bound-teams in Virginia and Duke, although both will be played in Chapel Hill.
Carolina hasn’t missed the NCAA Tournament in a non-COVID year since 2010. The ACC Tournament next month will be crucial for Carolina’s chances of making the Big Dance.
UNC will be in action again on Wednesday night vs. Notre Dame.