The North Carolina Tar Heels and Marquette Golden Eagles recently announced the scheduling of a nonconference basketball game for Wednesday in Chapel Hill. It was a decision that left many people confused, with North Carolina a bubble team (entered Wednesday 33rd in the NET rankings) that wouldn’t get much reward out of beating Marquette (100th in the NET) in what would be a Quad 3 game for the Tar Heels. Additionally, while just 10-12 entering the game, Marquette is a talented team that has wins over Wisconsin (19th in the NET) and Creighton (24th in the NET) this season. Marquette has shown that they’re very capable of beating teams that have been even better than North Carolina this season.
So, with such little potential reward out of winning a Quad 3 nonconference game at home, and very real risk in the possibility of losing to Marquette, it was a very questionable decision for the Tar Heels to schedule this game. Well, sure enough, Marquette won, and rather convincingly. The Golden Eagles came away with an 83-70 win in Chapel Hill.