Jon Rothstein has UNC ranked No. 1 in early 2022-23 rankings

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This is April!

Well, to borrow from Jon Rothstein’s classic catchphrase “This is March”, we are a long way away from a new college basketball season. However, that hasn’t stopped the news cycle regarding the 2022-23 season as plenty of early rankings for that campaign are out. And earlier this week we can add another one to the list from Rothstein himself.

The college basketball reporter debuted his early 2022-23 power rankings and right there at the top ar the North Carolina Tar Heels. But pending a decision.

Rothstein has UNC at No. 1 on his list IF guard Caleb Love returns for another season. The talented guard has yet to make a decision on his NBA future and one is coming very soon but if he does return to the Tar Heels, they are in a position to make another run at the Final Four:

1. North Carolina
Projected Starting 5:
G R.J. Davis
G Caleb Love
G Leaky Black
F Puff Johnson
C Armando Bacot
Projected Bench: D’Marco Dunn, Dontrez Styles, Seth Trimble, Jalen Washington, Tyler Nickel, Justin McKoy, Kerwin Walton
Key Losses: Brady Manek, Dawson Garcia, Anthony Harris
Key Newcomers: Seth Trimble, Jalen Washington, Tyler Nickel, Will Shaver

UNC beat out No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Houston, No. 4 Arkansas and No. 5 Baylor for the top spot in the rankings.

As for the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Duke is No. 9, Florida State checks in at No. 19, and Virginia at No. 22. That’s it for the top 45 on the list.

Now we just await Love’s decision…

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