Just last week, UNC fell to the Fighting Irish, 16-9, in a game that saw Notre Dame dominate offensively. Given UNC’s No. 14 ranking in the RPI, a win would go a long way in securing a spot in the NCAA Tournament. With its season on the line, here are two keys that could help the Tar Heels pull off the upset.
Ryan, who will come to Chapel Hill boasting a career 35-percent clip from deep, joins a roster that recently added respectable marksmen Paxson Wojcik and wing Jae'Lyn Withers via the transfer portal.
Jae'Lyn Withers, a Charlotte native, started 64 games in his three-year career at Louisville. He averaged a career high 10.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in 2020-21 and recently blossomed into a respectable 3-point shooter, draining 41.7 percent of his triples last season.
Former Brown University basketball guard Paxson Wojcik has committed to the North Carolina men's basketball team, Wojcik told On3 Sports on Monday evening.
Following three seasons with the North Carolina men's basketball team, junior guard Caleb Love will enter the transfer portal, Love announced Monday via social media. "I've taken some time with my family to reevaluate what's best for me to continue to grow as a player, and I've decided to enter the transfer portal to continue my journey," he wrote. Love is the team's sixth player to enter the transfer portal this season.
The Richmond native considered testing the NBA Draft waters last season but ultimately came back to a group that entered the year as the top team in the nation. Following a disappointing campaign that saw the Tar Heels miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010, Bacot's return should provide some stability for a program that currently has four players in the transfer portal.
Moments after UNC’s likely season-ending 68-59 loss to Virginia in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals, a somber mood swept through the visitors locker room at the Greensboro Coliseum. Last year’s March magic seemed to provide an alibi for each puzzling underperformance, and the experienced group seemed to have a figuratively never-ending hourglass to figure it all out. Although UNC is still not entirely eliminated from the Big Dance, Bart Torvik’s metrics currently give the team a microscopic 1.3 percent chance of earning an at-large bid. And the aftermath of the loss suggested that Thursday was the Tar Heels’ final swan song.
Bacot played just six minutes in the second half — mostly due to UNC already boasting a sizable lead — but his slower step was noticeable. Yet, for a team likely needing to win four games in four days to have any hope of dancing into the NCAA Tournament, the Tar Heels know they do not have much time to dwell on the status of their injured star.
The North Carolina men’s basketball team (20-12, 11-9 ACC) defeated Boston College (16-17, 9-11 ACC), 85-61, to advance to the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.
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