This past season for The University of North Carolina men’s basketball was a roller coaster ride from the start, to the heartbreaking end this Friday. The team was led by seniors Luke Maye, Cam Johnson, and the freshman sensations in Coby White, and Nassir Little. The Tar Heels started out very strong, winning their first five games, while scoring over one hundred points in three of the first five games. They then suffered their first loss of the season to the University of Texas Longhorns, by a small margin of three points. This initiated a bit of a cold streak for the Tar Heels. They lost three of six games, including losses to Michigan, and Kentucky, who were both ranked within the top ten at the time of defeat.
North Carolina quickly bounced back as they only lost two more games the rest of the regular season and conference play. During this stretch North Carolina twice played their biggest rival, their little brothers down the road, in Duke University. In both matchups the Tar Heels controlled the pace of the game and beat them in both of their matchups. This helped North Carolina have a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season title. Going into the ACC tournament North Carolina was ranked number two and ended up playing against Duke for the third time this year.
Unfortunately, Duke had some late luck and beat North Carolina. North Carolina was dominate enough during the season and had enough big wins to earn themselves a number one seed in the NCAA tournament. In the tournament the Tar Heels were matched with The University of Iona, where North Carolina cruised to a fifteen-point victory. In the second round of the tournament, the Tar Heels played The University of Washington and beat up on them by a whopping twenty-two points. In the next round of the tournament, North Carolina was set to play Auburn University. In the days leading up to this game some of North Carolina’s star power went down with flu like symptoms in Nassir Little, and Cam Johnson. Even though they had limited practice, both men still fought through and played the game. There was concern about other players on the team potentially also becoming ill, and the teams played backed this up. North Carolina did not the same fire power, and tenacity that the fans became so accustomed to seeing in each game. North Carolina lost by seventeen, and had their season come to an unfortunate end. The Tar Heels had an exciting season, and even though they did not win the national championship, they still made their fans proud of this year’s team, and proud to be a North Carolina Tar Heels fan.