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Erick Green leads the NCAA in scoring.
These four teams are not included on my five-game list. However, losing a "gimme" game against Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech or Clemson could turn off the selection committee.
While it's a stretch to call any ACC game this season a "gimme," that's how it will be looked at by the folks picking the 68 teams.
The Tar Heels will face Virginia Tech at the Dean Dome on Saturday. The Hokies are only 2-5 in the conference, but they still have the NCAA's leading scorer in Erick Green.
Green averages 25.5 points per game, and has scored 30-plus points in three games this season. Two of those games were against the stellar defenses of Virginia and Miami.
UNC will follow that game up with one against Wake Forest next Tuesday. It's hard to grasp how tough this team will be. It has lost to Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and twice to Duke.
However, the Demon Deacons only lost the second contest with Duke by five points, and had the game tied up at the half. They also beat Boston College, Virginia and NC State.
The common denominator in those games is they were all at Wake, and the Demon Deacons will be facing the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.
Georgia Tech is a very young team, and has looked pretty rough in conference play. In their six losses, the Yellow Jackets are losing by an average of 11 points.
In their only conference win, they beat the Demon Deacons by 20 points, though.
UNC already faced Georgia Tech once in Chapel Hill, where the Tar Heels pulled out a 79-63 win. This time, the team will have to travel to Atlanta, and no win is easy in the McCamish Pavilion.
Finally, there is Clemson, who ranks second in the conference and 11th in the country for points allowed. They're only 4-4 in ACC action, but the Tigers took out UVA, and went down to the wire with Florida State and NC State.
Micheal Snaer had to nail a ridiculous buzzer-beater to get the win in their last meeting.
None of these "gimme" games will be easy wins for the Tar Heels. Nevertheless, they will have to win them to prevent being scoffed at by the committee.