North Carolina is a 10-seed in Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology update
North Carolina is currently on the right side of the bubble as a No. 10-seed, according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.
Lunardi released his updated bracketology on Tuesday morning, and has the Tar Heels receiving one of his final four spots into the Field of 64.
That gives North Carolina a little bit of margin for error, but not much. Hubert Davis’ team has yet to record a Quad 1 victory this season, but has survived to this point in the season because of a perfect record vs. Quad 2, Quad 3 and Quad 4 opposition.
North Carolina would play USC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, according to this projection. A win would likely mean a meeting with defending the National Champions, Baylor.
There are five ACC teams in Lunardi’s Field of 64, with Virginia Tech lurking on the bubble. Duke is fighting for a top seed and Notre Dame will be in the field barring collapse. Miami and Wake Forest join the Tar Heels on the right side of the bubble — for now.
North Carolina’s résumé would get a big boost if it can beat Virginia Tech on the road on Saturday. That would qualify as a Quad 1 win for the Tar Heels and take some of the pressure off of its highly-anticipated matchup with Duke on March 5.
But first, UNC will host Pitt on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. ET.