North Carolina moves up to No. 3 seed in Joe Lunardi’s latest bracket at ESPN

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The North Carolina Tar Heels had a big week. They beat rival Duke and knocked the Blue Devils out of the AP Top 10. But maybe more importantly, the victory improved North Carolina’s positioning for the NCAA Tournament.

In the latest bracket from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, the Tar Heels were slotted as a No. 3 seed in the Midwest region. Previously, Lunardi had them as a No. 4 seed in the West region.

This move is great for Roy Williams’ squad for two major reasons. First, a No. 3 seed is obviously better than being a No. 4. Every game in the tournament is tough, but No. 3 seeds avoid first round upsets much more regularly than No. 4 seeds. Furthermore, in the round of 32, a matchup between the 4 and 5 seeds is generally a toss up while the No. 3 seeds get to face No. 6 seeds.

But the other great improvement with this movement for North Carolina is the region location. The No. 4 seed in the West region will play the first two rounds in San Diego, which would obviously be a very far trip for the Tar Heels. But the No. 3 seed in the Midwest region plays in Wichita. While in this scenario North Carolina would still be changing time zones, the travel would not be nearly as bad, and the second weekend of the tournament would figure to be much closer to home as well.

Still, nothing is guaranteed, as there is still a lot of games and conference tournaments remaining. North Carolina will next play Notre Dame on Monday night.

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