North Carolina and UConn Not Playing Like Champs

Anthony TasteContributor IJanuary 18, 2010

DETROIT - APRIL 06:  Deon Thompson #21 and Ed Davis #32 of the North Carolina Tar Heels look on from the bench late in the second half before the Tar Heels 89-72 win against the Michigan State Spartans during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. Ginyard used a medical red-shirt this season after injury.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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North Carolina was defending national champion and has recently dropped to 12-6. That loss to College of Charleston was atrocious. They have beaten ranked Michigan State and soon to be ranked Ohio State teams so far

the losses to Texas,Kentucky,Syracuse,Clemson,and Georgia Tech weren't too horrible considering they were all ranked but still bad

UConn a year removed from being in the Final Four is now sitting at 11-6 after a loss to a mediocre up until now Michigan team who came into the game at 9-7

they have lost to Kentucky,Duke,Pittsburgh,and Georgetown  weren't that bad considering they are ranked but lost to a struggling Cincinnati team too

both play in tough conferences which doesn't bode well

These are two teams that most people expect to see ranked in the Top 10 and competing for Final Fours each season. Now they each may not even get to see their names in the Top 25 rankings this week. We assume both will be fine but in the tough roads of the ACC and the Big East anything is possible. Two teams who were in the Final Four a year ago are playing far from it now