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Wednesday March 22nd

Mens Basketball

UNC graduate manager Brandon Robinson comforts sophomore guard Caleb Love (2) after a national championship loss to Kansas in New Orleans on Monday, April 4, 2022. UNC lost  72-69.

'We came this far': Togetherness and the "experience" after UNC's 72-69 title loss to Kansas

The 72-69 loss to Kansas in the national championship game hurt for the Tar Heels. But don’t think for a second that they’re disappointed. Hurting, sure — but not disappointed. The team accomplished incredible feats, all while the world said it couldn’t, over and over again. “It hurts for us to get this far and come up short like this, with everything we went through,” sophomore guard Caleb Love said. “But you know, the positive thing is, I wouldn’t want to go through this with anybody else.”

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UNC sophomore guard Caleb Love (2) goes up for a three-pointer during the final minutes of the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament against Duke in New Orleans on Saturday, April 2, 2022. UNC won 81-77.

After Love's heroics to beat Duke in Final Four, UNC men's hoops pivots to title game

As he sat down on the press table on Saturday night, sophomore guard Caleb Love was at a loss for words. Love drained the most important bucket of his life — a dagger 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left, leading UNC to an 81-77 win over Duke in the Final Four, sending Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski into retirement on a rivalry loss and booking the Tar Heels a trip to the national championship against Kansas. “Just one game away from a national championship,” he said. “What else can you say?”

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North Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks (3) blocks Nigel Williams-Goss' (5) lay up attempt during the NCAA Final against Gonzaga in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 3, 2017.

Q&A: 2017 champion Kennedy Meeks speaks on UNC's 2022 Final Four appearance

In 2017, with less than 20 seconds left in the national title game, senior forward Kennedy Meeks blocked a floater attempted by Gonzaga star Nigel Williams-Goss. With the help of this critical play, UNC would go on to win their sixth national title, defeating Gonzaga 71-65. Daily Tar Heel senior writer Shelby Swanson sat down with Meeks to talk about his tournament experience as a Tar Heel, as well as his advice to this year’s UNC team ahead of the Final Four.

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UNC junior forward Armando Bacot (5) blocks the ball during a home men's basketball against Florida State on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. The Tar Heels won 94-74.

In Hubert Davis' first season, here's how UNC made its historic run to the Final Four

Two games and 80 minutes is all that stands between North Carolina and a seventh NCAA championship title. About a month ago, the aforementioned statement seemed nearly impossible. Fast forward to now, and the Tar Heels are preparing for one of the most anticipated matchups of the Tobacco Road Rivalry: a Final Four clash against Duke. Here's a look at UNC's path to the national semifinal.

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