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Friday December 3rd

Infographic: UNC's worst losses in 25 years

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Saturday at the Donald Tucker Center, No. 3 North Carolina fell to unranked Florida State 90-57 — the Tar Heels’ biggest loss under head coach Roy Williams.

UNC has been a favorite to win the NCAA title this season, but since 1979, the worst loss by an eventual champion was the Tar Heels‘ 26-point loss to Wake Forest in 1993. Here’s a list of the worst North Carolina basketball losses in 25 years, on which Saturday’s tumble in Tallahassee comes in tied for second.

Click here for more on the Florida State game.

40 points (96-56)
University of Maryland
Feb. 22, 2003
Season record: 19-16
Lost in the third round of the NIT
Coach Matt Doherty

33 points (90-57)
Florida State University
Jan. 14, 2012
Season record: undetermined
Coach Roy Williams

33 points (112-79)
University of Maryland
Jan. 9, 2002
Season record: 8-20
No NCAA Tournament or NIT play
Coach Matt Doherty

32 points (86-54)
University of Connecticut
Jan. 19, 2002
Season record: 8-20
No NCAA Tournament or NIT play
Coach Matt Doherty

32 points (82-50) Duke University
March 6, 2010
Season record: 20-17
Lost in the final round of the NIT
Coach Roy Williams

29 points (87-58)
Duke University
Jan. 31, 2002
Season record: 8-20
No NCAA Tournament or NIT play
Coach Matt Doherty

27 points (102-75)
Georgia Tech
Feb. 1, 1990
Season record: 21-13 Lost in the Sweet Sixteen
Coach Dean Smith

27 points (92-65)
University of Illinois
Dec. 3, 2002
Season record: 19-16
Lost in the third round of the NIT
Coach Matt Doherty

26 points (79-53)
Duke University
March 11, 2001
Season record: 26-7
Lost in second round of NCAA Tournament
Coach Matt Doherty

26 points (88-62)
Wake Forest University
Jan. 30, 1993
Season record: 34-4 NCAA Champions
Coach Dean Smith

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