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North Carolina is the most unpredictable team in the country
Are the real Tar Heels the ones who demolished Michigan State by 14 points in East Lansing, or the ones who lost at home to Belmont? The answer is probably a large helping of both, making them simultaneously a threat to upend Syracuse or Duke and a potential signature win for Boston College or Virginia Tech.
The Syracuse backcourt is doing just fine without Michael Carter-Williams
Entering the season, the veteran Orange front line was an obvious strength, but the loss of two backcourt starters left the perimeter game a mystery for Jim Boeheim. Thanks to the brilliant debut of freshman Tyler Ennis and a huge improvement by sniper Trevor Cooney, the guards are actually performing even better as a unit than C.J. Fair and company in the ’Cuse’s unbeaten start.
Pitt’s offense is no joke
Yes, the Panthers embarrassed themselves in a nationally televised loss to Cincinnati, but the 43 points they put up against the Bearcats have been a halftime total for them on a good night. Despite losing Steven Adams and Tray Woodall to the NBA, Pitt is actually looking like a more dangerous offensive team now that Lamar Patterson and James Robinson are sharing the playmaker’s role.
Boston College is only a good team on paper
With gutty forward Ryan Anderson and sweet-shooting Olivier Hanlan returning from a team that looked to be coming together late last year, Steve Donahue’s Eagles seemed on the cusp of a turnaround. Instead, they’ve flopped against a tough opening schedule because Anderson is their only rebounder and no one (including Hanlan) is making three-pointers.