CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – It was everywhere, written on their faces and etched into their body language.
It was there all day long, only exacerbated by postgame press conferences where they were asked questions they didn’t want to answer and sometimes couldn’t even when they tried.
It was frustration – and after a 56-47 loss to No. 5 Virginia, it was most evident in No. 7 UNC’s Cole Anthony.
The most frustrating part, of course: “We’re losing.”
“It’s all frustrating. This is not fun,” the first-year guard said. "The way we’re playing basketball right now is not fun.”
That was the theme – explicit or implicit – for every member of the Tar Heels. They had just followed up a 25-point loss to Ohio State with a second consecutive game under 50 points, a first for North Carolina since the 1946-47 season.
But things must be especially trying for Anthony, who continued his Sisyphean slog against the Cavaliers en route to 12 points on 4-15 shooting.
On this day, the boulder won.
Virginia’s pack-line defense frustrated Anthony at the rim and left him swarmed at nearly every turn, while the Cavaliers’ Kihei Clark “made him work” all day long, helping force six Anthony turnovers. The sophomore guard had three steals and played all but three minutes in the win.