According to Ryan Greene & (ahem) Tom Keegan:
"North Carolina has the best player (Tyler Hansbrough), Kansas the most balance and Memphis the most size."
They compare everyone's starting 5 and bench, and conclude that KU is 1, Carolina 2, Memphis 3.
Notice that all three coaches have strong KU ties?
Grant Wahl on Kansas:
"The Jayhawks are just killing teams right now and should be on every college hoops fan's list of DVR musts. Bill Self has done a terrific job convincing NBA-level talent to buy into the team concept, even if it means sacrificing some stats. The result is a suffocating defense (especially on the perimeter), scary depth and the sort of explosive, but team-first attack, that just overwhelms opponents. When a player like Sherron Collins isn't even starting, you know there's something special brewing in Lawrence."
He also provides a tortured explanation for why Carolina won't win the championship.
Fran Fraschilla throws down as well:
"I am going to start to see the Kansas Jayhawks a lot in the coming weeks in my Big 12 travels, so making the claim that they are the best team in the country right now will brand me a "homer." I am aware of that. So, let me explain how I feel about the "Fran-tastic Four" right now: Kansas, Memphis, UCLA and North Carolina."
So UNC isn't in the Magic Eight? Keegan and Greene rate them 2nd to Kansas? Fraschilla rates them fourth behind KU, Memphis, and UCLA?
Or is it more telling that most of these pieces offer hand wringing explanations for failing to rank UNC at the top spot?