Commentary

Look out, Duke: Here comes UNC

With the Heels on the rebound, the ACC isn't just the Blue Devils and everyone else

Originally Published: February 8, 2011
By John Gasaway | Special to ESPN Insider
Harrison BarnesBob Donnan/US PresswireHarrison Barnes and the Tar Heels might have turned the corner.

Here at Poll Position, I'm not in the habit of touting teams that lose by 20 at Georgia Tech. But what North Carolina has done in the five games since that loss merits some ink. I guarantee you those five games have Mike Krzyzewski's attention as he prepares his Duke Blue Devils for a visit from the Tar Heels on Wednesday night.

Two weeks ago, the consensus was that no opponent could give Coach K's team a run for its money in the ACC, but it turns out that writing off the rest of the conference was a little premature. Roy Williams' team suddenly looks a lot like, well, a Roy Williams team. For the first time since Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson were sprinting up and down the floor in Chapel Hill, UNC is again scoring points. A lot of points.

What changed?