North Carolina has had one of the most bizarre and disappointing seasons in program history. The Tar Heels grabbed season high wins against the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans, No. 3 Louisville Cardinals, and No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats. Then there are seven losses attached on their NCAA Tournament resume with Belmont, UAB, Texas, Wake Forest, and Miami all discrediting those three impressive wins.
Sitting at 12-7 overall, the Tar Heels have not been eliminated from NCAA Tournament contention, but they most definitely are on the bubble and anymore sloppy, silly losses to teams they’re better than could definitely put them into the NIT-bound category.
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Despite the scores and stats that all are attached to the L on their schedule against these teams, North Carolina has the better talent. If UNC played their best and were giving 100% effort, there is no way this North Carolina team truly isn’t better than Belmont, UAB, Wake Forest and Miami.
Off-season and off-court distraction can be listed as a reason the Tar Heels are struggling, but at the end of the day…a win is a win and a loss is a loss. A team that should easily be 17-2 is instead sitting at 12-7 and facing some pretty tough demands for the remainder of the season.
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If the North Carolina expects to play in the NCAA Tournament as they do each season, they not only have to defeat the likes of Georgia Tech, NC State, and Wake Forest among many, but they have to grab quality wins against Duke, Notre Dame, and Pitt. Winning at home will help their resume, but defeating these teams on the road would be not only a morale victory for UNC, but would be more impressive for the NCAA tournament committee.
For now however, the focus is 100% set on Georgia Tech – or it should be. Tonight is another must win game and North Carolina cannot take the Yellow Jackets too lightly. They need to come prepared and ready for a fight!