3. North Carolina (13-3)
These weeks are certainly showing us that North Carolina is the top dog in the ACC, but they aren’t settling for just conference success. The Tar Heels had a challenging nonconference slate that they’re hoping prepares them for the postseason, hoping to replicate their Final Four run from two seasons ago. A few important players remain from that team and are making sure that’s the realistic goal from Chapel Hill.
The Tar Heels continued their hot streak on Wednesday in an 86-70 home win against Louisville, albeit the weakest team in the league. RJ Davis, one of the stars of that Final Four, led the team with 21 points while Jaelyn Withers had a double-double off the bench. Three days later North Carolina was back in action on the road, winning 76-66 at Boston College for their fourth road win in ACC play already. A solid scoring day all around, Davis led with 16 points while Harrison Ingram added 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Now at 7-0 in league play, it’s clear that the Tar Heels have established themselves as the team to beat in the ACC, winning eight games in a row by double figures. They’ve looked fantastic on the court during this winning streak, putting themselves in impressive position for March Madness. They’ll keep their heads up, continuing next week against Wake Forest before a weekend road match against Florida State.