This time last year, North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell and the NCAA were on poor terms.
But as UNC heads into its first-round game Sunday against Albany as a three seed a year later, Hatchell seems to have reconciled her differences with the selection committee.
“A lot of people were surprised, but I wasn’t,” she said of UNC’s high seeding. “We’re 28-6, and of the six games we lost, three were to Duke, and then at FSU, at Tennessee and at Maryland — all top-ranked teams on the road. We had no bad losses at all.
“I agree with the committee. I think we deserve the three seed.”
Although they bowed out early to Georgia Tech in last year’s ACC Tournament, the Tar Heels still felt they deserved a national tournament bid. But the NCAA selection committee didn’t agree, and it’s been a sore point that has motivated this year’s squad from day one.