Sometimes when two good teams play each other, the final score is not indicative of how the game actually went. North Carolina's 79-65 win over No. 1 Michigan State was not one of those cases.
From the opening tip, the Tar Heels looked like the better team and eventually closed out the 14-point victory. This will obviously drop the Spartans from the nation's top spot. It should also vault UNC back into the Top 25 rankings when a new edition is released next week.
It is hard to get a solid feel on this Carolina squad. The Tar Heels have now beaten two of the best teams in the country: Michigan State and Louisville. They have also lost two bad ones to UAB and to Belmont.
Wherever this Tar Heel season is headed, there were a number of big takeaways from their latest win.