Cormac Ryan's legendary performance seals ACC title for UNC basketball program

Cormac Ryan put together a performance on Saturday night that UNC basketball fans will remember for quite some time.

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Playing at Cameron Indoor Stadium is not an easy task, especially when you wear the Carolina Blue uniform.

For Cormac Ryan, the UNC basketball program's regular season finale at Duke was not his first rodeo in Durham, as the veteran has experienced this before.

From the word go, you could tell that Ryan was ready.

Within the first four minutes of the game, Ryan drained three shots from beyond-the-arc, a huge reason why the Tar Heels ran out to a 15-4 lead. He didn't stop there, as he continued to hit big-time shots as the game went along.

As the "hot hand," Ryan was the one with the ball in his hands late in the game, as his ability to knock down critical free throws helped the UNC basketball program secure a season sweep of its biggest rival.

Oh, and did we forget to mention that the win captured sole possession of the ACC regular season title for the UNC basketball program?

Ryan has had his fair share of ups and downs throughout his lone season as a Tar Heel, but he has put together some outstanding performances that have helped his team rack up wins. His career-high 31 points on Saturday night might be the biggest performance of his career.

On a night where Armando Bacot and RJ Davis didn't score in double-figures, it was Ryan, along with fellow former transfer Harrison Ingram, who got going offensively. Ryan essentially carried the load, as he was responsible for 27% of the Tar Heels points in their regular season finale.

It's safe to say that Ryan will remember his final regular season game for a very long time, as he, and the UNC basketball program, hope that he has plenty more big-time performances ahead as postseason play begins this week in Washington, D.C.

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