UNC set to contend for ACC crown

North Carolina Tar Heels

2013-14: 24-10 (13-5 ACC)
In-conference offense: 1.08 points per possession (fifth)
In-conference defense: 1.01 points allowed per possession (fourth)

When North Carolina won a national title in 2009, the Tar Heels had the No. 21-ranked defense in the country in Ken Pomeroy's ratings. And, symmetrically enough, last season when UNC was bounced out of the NCAA tournament after the round of 32 as a vanquished No. 6 seed, this defense was rated -- you guessed it -- No. 21 in the nation.