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Luke Maye and North Carolina would have had a great chance to beat a healthy Duke team. Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports

If Duke ends up missing out on a No. 1 seed due to missed time (or limited time) for Zion Williamson, the team most likely to benefit would be the same one that took advantage of a hobbled Blue Devils squad Wednesday: North Carolina.

Not only did the Tar Heels grab a road victory over what was considered the best team in college basketball, and not only do the Heels face Duke again March 9 (this time at home), but they are probably best positioned to take hold of a spot on the top seed line if Duke vacates one.

North Carolina sits as a No. 2 in Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology, but let's play this out. Our Basketball Power Index presumes Virginia is a near-lock to take one of the top seeds. There's a good chance that either Tennessee or Kentucky -- whichever finishes out the season stronger -- will take another. Gonzaga is not certain to land a No. 1 seed but has a good chance, especially if it gets a little boost from NET. After that, if not Duke, who?