By nearly every measure of basketball, the Tar Heels should be able to beat Pittsburgh this afternoon. UNC is the better team. Unfortunately, sometimes basketball can be cruel. It has been especially cruel to ACC teams on the road this season. Carolina will need to avoid the trap game scenario and take care of business against the Panthers.
The stakes are obvious for UNC. They are chasing the regular season ACC title while leading the pack by two games with three left to play. They are seeking a double-bye in the ACC Tournament. They are seeking the wins necessary to position themselves as a top seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
Carolina has held serve at the Dean Dome all season. They will leave those friendly confines for good after next Saturday, so winning on the road becomes doubly important. They can get the ball rolling on that with a win at Pitt today.
You can catch the game at noon ET on your local ACC Network affiliate.