2. North Carolina Tar Heels (2-seed, West Region)
As the defending National Champions, the North Carolina Tar Heels enter the 2018 NCAA Tournament as the 2-seed in the West Region of the bracket. Few teams have put together the résumé that the Heels have throughout this season. They have numerous signature wins to their credit, despite an 11-7 record in ACC play. Meanwhile, they also made it to the final of the ACC Tournament before falling to the No. 1 overall seed Virginia Cavaliers for the second time this year.
On any given night, the Tar Heels have the talent to beat any team in the country. They can beat teams in a variety of ways in terms of how they score the basketball, can control the pace of the game better than most teams in the country and have experience with guys like Joel Berry, Theo Pinson and Luke Maye that have been through the rigors of March Madness before. Obviously given their title last year, they handled that pressure with aplomb.
So then, why do the Tar Heels qualify as one of the overrated teams in this tournament?
As good as UNC can be on any given night, they also are susceptible to being terribly inconsistent. They can become too reliant on their 3-point shooting, which can be a death sentence come tourney time. Meanwhile, they lack a true big man inside with elite size and athleticism, which can be exploited in the wrong matchup. To put it simply, they’re variance in performance is higher than most, which makes them a bit overrated being on the 2-line.