The North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team has done things previously thought of as unimaginable this season. Having to fight early on without P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald, the ‘Heels were able to defeat the No. 1 ranked Michigan State Spartans, No. 3 Louisville Cardinals and No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats. During that same stretch, they lost to the Belmont Bruins at home and the UAB Blazers away from the Dean Dome. After reinstating McDonald and announcing that Hairston was finished at Chapel Hill, UNC went on to lose games to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Miami Hurricanes. After dropping games to the Syracuse Orange and Virginia Cavaliers, the Tar Heels dropped to 1-4 in ACC play and were written off by many.
For those who have stood by them, they have witnessed North Carolina win eight straight games, including a huge win over the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils on Thursday night. Proving that anything can happen from day-to-day, night-to-night, week-to-week or month-to-month, the North Carolina Tar Heels are a prime example that anything truly is possible in college sports.
That is why the 2014 NCAA Tournament could truly be referred to as March Madness, because it could get wild.
Sure, we all know by now who some of the top teams are in college basketball this season. All of the aforementioned teams who the Tar Heels defeated are still ranked. The four bad losses they have are still against teams who are nowhere near being ranked. So, which Tar Heels team will we get come the middle of March?
I guess only time will tell.
But, it isn’t just North Carolina. It is every team. After all, while Syracuse has knocked off teams such as UNC and Duke, they lost at home to the Boston College Eagles. Many of the top teams have at least one bad loss.
In the NCAA Tournament, all is takes is one bad loss to end a good season. Predicting what ones will occur makes it the greatest sporting event on the planet. This year should be no different.
March is almost here, but the madness has already begun.