The Athlon college hoops magazine, the first national preview to hit the newstands each year, has the Tar Heels at No. 25 in their preseason rankings. Considering the personnel losses from a year ago, it's a reasonable pick.
Few Tar Heel teams have entered a season with this many ifs. If they can find an established scorer ... If the freshmen can step in and contribute immediately ... If they can discover a reliable point guard ... Well, then, Carolina's streak of 37 consecutive years in the top three in the ACC will remain intact.
LINK: N0. 25 North Carolina
On a sidenote, Athlon strives every year to be the first on the newstands - hoping to tap the market of hungry hoops fans. But, this hurry can come at a cost. Last year's magazine was out so early that it had a feature on Bobby Knight and his coming season at IU. The only problem was, Knight left the Hoosiers well before the season began.