Dickie V has his pre-season Top 40 out, and not surprisingly, UNC is #1.Â Duke comes in at #9. Virginia Tech clocks in at #20, Miami at 21, Wake at #29,Â and Clemson at #32.
Everyone is conceding the title to UNC, and they are loaded.Â But they've been loaded for the last three years, too, and what's happened? 2005-06 - Mason.Â 2006-07 - Georgetown.Â 2007-08 - Kansas.
Mason was a significant upset.Â Georgetown was a late-game collapse, with the HeelsÂ hitting only one of 23 baskets.
And then there was Kansas.Â UNC went down 40-12. It's still hard to believe.Â They get credit for a comeback that made Kansas nervous, cutting the lead to 64-59.Â But Kansas just did it to them again, and won by 18.
So should they be the favorite? Yeah.Â But after three major chokes in a row, do they have something to prove?
They have a lot to prove.