With Ed Davis Now Injured, Will North Carolina Finish Last in the ACC?

Paul SeaverCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2010

CHAPEL HILL, NC - JANUARY 16:  Ed Davis #32 of the North Carolina Tar Heels watches on during their game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Dean Smith Center on January 16, 2010 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Oh, how times have changed.


Is North Carolina about to descend from the top of the college basketball world to the bottom of the ACC in one short year?


As of right now, the Tar Heels sit just a half game out of the bottom spot. The only team below them is North Carolina State.


With three weeks remaining in the regular season, North Carolina (13-11, 2-7) might only have a few more opportunities to pick up wins. However, now with their second leading scorer out for six weeks it will truly be tough to prevent a last place finish.


Ed Davis, who has had averaged 13.4 point per game this season, broke his wrist in the loss on Wednesday night to Duke.


With the expected time period for recovery at six weeks, Ed Davis probably won’t be healthy by the time the Tar Heels’ season is over.


As Davis is considered one of the higher NBA prospects, it can be said that his North Carolina career may be over as well.


The stellar sophomore returned for the title defense this season, but things certainly have not gone anywhere close to what he or anybody may have expected.


The Tar Heels have seen their season free fall, losing seven or their last eight games, their lone win in that time, a road victory over the current last place team, N.C. State.


Here’s a look at the remaining regular season schedule for the Tar Heels:


Feb. 13- North Carolina State (Home) - The Wolfpack lost to North Carolina once already, but they will probably be licking their chops when they head to Chapel Hill tomorrow. The Tar Heels would fall into last place with a loss.


Feb. 16- Georgia Tech (Road) - The Tar Heels only lost by two to the Yellow Jackets, but this game is at Georgia Tech.


Feb. 20- Boston College (Road) – The Eagles haven’t done much better than the Tar Heels this season, but if North Carolina doesn’t win the battle of the guards it will be tough to get a win at Conte Forum.


Feb. 24- Florida State (Home) – The Seminoles might be looking for wins to stay off the bubble at this point in the season, they should be ready for a trip to Chapel Hill.


Feb. 27- Wake Forest (Road) – Wake Forest has been doing pretty well under the radar, I can’t see UNC having much of a chance in this one.


Mar. 2- Miami (FL) (Home) – This could be an opportunity for North Carolina to get a win, then again Miami (FL) did just beat Georgia Tech.


Mar. 5- Duke (Road) – Is there any chance that Duke doesn’t win this game by double digits?


It is probably time for Roy Williams and North Carolina to prepare for next season, considering they still have some young talent.


Then again, there is always a chance that maybe, just maybe they will play spoiler in the ACC Tournament. (But don’t count on it).