UNC Basketball: The Transitive Property

Transitive wins and losses are bunk. You already know it, I do know it, the choice committee is aware of it—however come March, when followers are speaking about seeding and areas and the assorted different issues that usher in that exact insanity of early spring, phrases like ‘high quality losses’ and ‘transitive wins’ are thrown round like so many water balloons at a summertime party in days passed by. Although we all know it’s largely a charade, it offers us a projectile to lob at different fan bases when maybe the head-to-head for the season doesn’t favor our Heels (or maybe doesn’t exist in any respect). How else are we supposed to check two groups that by no means crossed paths within the common season than by what they have been in a position to do in opposition to a typical opponent? That’s rhetorical; clearly the report in opposition to shared opponents is a knowledge level, however it actually isn’t the alpha and omega in any given dialog about faculty basketball, no less than between cheap followers who’re conscious of the historical past of the game exterior the confines of campus. It takes a particular type of doofus to base an argument solely on data in opposition to different colleges, utterly ignoring context round these video games and the truth that groups can develop and alter wildly from one sport to the following.

With that being stated, let’s make predictions for the remainder of the Tar Heels’ season based mostly on the outcomes of the primary seven video games of the season, in addition to the data of the groups the squad has already performed!

The Heels opened up the season with a number of wins in opposition to overmatched opponents that don’t carry too many transitive wins to boast about; in actual fact, the transitive losses suffered by the workforce from Chapel Hill in the middle of these precise real-life wins have been maybe extra telling: in Carolina’s 11-point (real-life) win over the Cougars of School of Charleston, the Heels sadly suffered a 19-point transitive loss to Oklahoma State (because the Cowboys would beat the Cougars by 30 solely six days later) and within the seven level real-life victory over a sport workforce from Brown, the Heels have been unknowingly struggling a stinging 14-point transitive loss to Creighton because the Blue Jays proceeded to ship a bone-breaking 21-point loss to the Bears precisely per week later.

Typically real-life losses can translate into a few of the finest transitive wins (these are the aforementioned “high quality losses” that everybody adores); in November twentieth’s disappointing loss to the Purdue Boilermakers, the Heels truly discovered a gem of a transitive win over a convention opponent, besting the Florida State Seminoles by a transitive margin of 19 factors (Purdue beat Florida State by 28 on Tuesday; this Purdue workforce is sort of good).

The Michigan Wolverines, at time of writing the latest opponent for the Heels, turned out to be the reward that retains on giving. Not solely did Carolina safe a 21-point real-world win over a Prime-25 opponent, however the Heels additionally gained a vital transitive win over the Eleventh-ranked Wildcats of Arizona who solely beat the identical Wolverines by a paltry 18 factors. In March, relaxation assured that each the true and in addition utterly imagined sides of this win might be main promoting factors when the Heels are mentioned.

Transitive wins and losses rightfully carry vital weight, as I’ve all the time stated. To that finish, I’d love to affix the overwhelming refrain of writers and bloggers and sports activities radio talkers nationwide in congratulating UNC Asheville on being two factors higher than the #24 Michigan Wolverines through their shared losses to the UNC Tar Heels.

Go Bulldogs, however most significantly GO HEELS!

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