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North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said this week he expected backlash over his decision to give his team ACC Coastal Division championship rings even though the Tar Heels didn’t win the title thanks to NCAA sanctions that made them ineligible for the postseason.
Georgia Tech was the Coastal Division, according to the ACC, and played in the conference title game.
Amid the best start in school history, back when North Carolina was putting together double-digit win streaks with ease, Tar Heels coach Mike Fox warned of difficult times ahead. He spoke of the adversity his team was sure to endure, eventually, and he hoped his players would handle it well.
Those difficult times have arrived at last – at least relative to UNC’s dominance through its first 50 games. The Heels’ 10-4 loss against No. 7 Virginia here on Thursday night was UNC’s third in its past five games. To put that into perspective, the Heels’ third loss this season came in their 43rd game.
Duke and North Carolina will each host games during the annual Women’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge the schedule released Thursday revealed. NC State will make a trip to Evanston, Ill. to play Northwestern.
The seventh edition of the challenge will be played Dec. 4-5. All three Triangle schools drew Dec. 5 dates.