North Carolina on the bubble? ESPN analyst updates status after Virginia win
North Carolina remains on the NCAA Tournament bubble even after its win over No. 6 Virginia on Saturday.
It was a much-needed Quad 1 victory for the Tar Heels, who were previously winless on the season vs. such opponents. That triumph should give Carolina a good chance to play its way into the NCAA Tournament.
There’s still work to be done, however. That’s the analysis of ESPN’s John Gasaway, who updated his breakdown of the NCAA Tournament bubble after UNC’s win.
Here’s some analysis from Gasaway:
The great national talking point is no more: North Carolina won a Quad 1 game. Better still for the Tar Heels, this victory might stay Quad 1 and not degrade, as did the overtime win against Ohio State on a neutral floor in December. Whether or not defeating the Cavaliers in Chapel Hill will put UNC into the NCAA tournament is of course another matter. For now, an eight-point win at home over Tony Bennett’s team will in all probability give North Carolina a modest bump that still leaves the team right around the cut line. The suspense is going to continue as the Tar Heels play a road game at Florida State before hosting Duke in the season finale.
Carolina still has 2 regular season games remaining vs. Florida State and Duke. Hubert Davis’ squad will also have a chance to improve their NCAA Tournament résumé during the ACC Tournament next month.
North Carolina plays in Tallahassee on Monday night.