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Michigan, UNC upset in hoops

Apparently that scare against Holy Cross was not a fluke, as the No. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels lost 83-80 at home to the Belmont Bruins on Sunday. And that wasn't the biggest upset, rankings-wise, of the day, with Iowa State topping the seventh-ranked Michigan Wolverines 77-70. This, of course, comes on the heels of No. 2 Michigan State's near-loss to Columbia on Friday. What do you make of these early season missteps?

Which was the more surprising upset?

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  • Will North Carolina win another national title under Roy Williams?

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  • What do you make of Michigan's loss at Iowa State?

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  • How do you feel about non-conference college basketball games?

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  • Which team should be No. 1?

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Welcome to the new-look ACC. A strong league got even stronger with the additions of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse now on its roster. Will these former Big East powers dominate in their first season in a new conference? Or will league staples Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State top the standings? Set your rankings below!

Conference rankings: American | A-10 | Big 12 | Big East | Big Ten | C-USA | Pac-12 | SEC

More rankings: 2013-14 preseason Top 25 | Conferences

2013-14 ACC basketball teams

Boston College

Boston College

2012-13 overall: 16-17
2013 ACC: 7-11

Clemson

Clemson

2012-13 overall: 13-18
2013 ACC: 5-13

Duke

Duke

2012-13 overall: 30-6
2013 ACC: 14-4

Florida State

Florida State

2012-13 overall: 18-16
2013 ACC: 9-9

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

2012-13 overall: 16-15
2013 ACC: 6-12

Maryland

Maryland

2012-13 overall: 25-13
2013 ACC: 8-10

Miami

Miami

2012-13 overall: 29-7
2013 ACC: 15-3

North Carolina

North Carolina

2012-13 overall: 25-11
2013 ACC: 12-6

North Carolina State

North Carolina State

2012-13 overall: 24-11
2013 ACC: 11-7

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

2012-13 overall: 25-10
2013 Big East: 11-7

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

2012-13 overall: 24-9
2013 Big East: 12-6

Syracuse

Syracuse

2012-13 overall: 30-10
2013 Big East: 11-7

Virginia

Virginia

2012-13 overall: 23-12
2013 ACC: 11-7

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

2012-13 overall: 13-19
2013 ACC: 4-14

Wake Forest

Wake Forest

2012-13 overall: 13-18
2012 Big East: 6-12

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Notre Dame plans to move to the ACC as soon as it can exit the Big East. The school's football program will not be joining the conference, although it will play five games per season against ACC teams. Is this the right move for Notre Dame as a whole?

More: Which team is the Big East's biggest loss? How big of a deal is this move?

Rank: Would Notre Dame football be the best team in the ACC if it joined?


Notre Dame's elite status

Notre Dame's prominence as a football program has waxed and waned over the years. Is a return to independence the right move?

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Can Notre Dame football return to being an elite program without joining a conference?

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3. Which team wins tonight's Big East showdown? (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET)

With just about half the conference ranked in the Top 25, it's not hard to stumble across a big game in the Big East. But tonight's showdown in South Bend still looks appetizing. Notre Dame lost to Kentucky three weeks ago and could use a win against Georgetown to validate its otherwise spotless 11-1 record. Your Power 16?

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If this was the final week of competition before football bowl season, any discussion of a fifth-place team in the Big East would include names like Meinke Car Care Bowl, PapaJohns.com Bowl or St. Petersburg Bowl. Good times.

Thankfully it's March, which means Rick Pitino's so-so Cardinals have as much as the better part of a week on one of the biggest stages in the sport to vault themselves into national prominence and championship sleeper status. Notre Dame didn't even want a low-level bowl bid by the time its football season wrapped up, but the Fighting Irish will be playing like crazy for the chance to be at least No. 64 when the NCAA tournament comes out.

What we're saying is the Big East tournament is a pretty good gig. And with games on ESPN 360, it beats the heck out of real work. The big dogs (sorry, UConn) don't play until tomorrow, but which team has the best shot to knock off Syracuse?

Timothy (Morgantown)

Assume for a moment that WVU wins the Big East tourney... If that were to happen, then what else would the Mountaineers need to happen in order to move up to a #1 seed in the Big Dance?

Andy Katz
Andy Katz

It's an interesting scenario. But the problem is that save the Villanova win it's not like WVA finished without any hiccups, losing to Pitt and Connecticut. I know the Mountaineers beat Ohio State but they did lose to Purdue. WVA is also the No. 3 seed in the Big East. I don't see it. Full transcript

David (CT)

Joe, here's the question that has captivated the country. If Uconn wins 3 are they back in?

Joe Lunardi
Joe Lunardi

Well, David, it may have captivated one state. I think the rest of the country was tired of seeing UConn in my brackets. Three wins gets them back in the conversation. The rest is not knowable at this point. Full transcript

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