No. 17 North Carolina's upset loss to Wofford Sunday — the Tar Heels' third straight after falling to Ohio State and Virginia — wasn't short on surprises. Far from it.
First, there was the venue. Due to a scheduling quirk, the Tar Heels played a regular season game in Carmichael Arena for the first time in 33 years: a definite surprise when the move was announced in July.
Then there was the announcement — an hour and a half prior to tipoff — that both first-year guard Cole Anthony (knee injury, out indefinitely) and sophomore guard Leaky Black (sprained foot, game-to-game) would sit against the Terriers. Oh, and the fact that junior forward Sterling Manley underwent knee surgery and is out for the season.
Perhaps those absences, particularly Anthony's, made the 68-64 loss a little less shocking. But the way it all went down — K.J. Smith running point, an airballed free throw from Justin Pierce and... Roy Williams calling a timeout? — was baffling to say the least.
"Guys, I ain't got much left," the head coach said to end his opening statement to the media. "You guys ask questions, and I'll see what I got."