Backpacks stuffed with books, using water jugs as dumbbells and Zoom calls may not be the first images that come to mind when thinking of a UNC football player’s weight lifting regimen, but North Carolina strength and conditioning coach Brian Hess has had to be creative during the COVID-19 outbreak.
After all winter championships were canceled by the NCAA, the UNC wrestling team had to face the reality that after one of the best seasons in recent history, the team's chances at individual national titles were gone.
The No. 7 North Carolina wrestling team took third place at the ACC Championships this weekend, finishing with three individual champions for the first time since 2006.
“After the game, the next day I said, ‘Guys, they made plays,’” Williams said. “We had some opportunities to make those plays not be as big as they were, but we didn’t do it.” Despite a devastating overtime loss to the Blue Devils in February, the North Carolina men's basketball team isn't feeling sorry for itself ahead of its rematch with Duke on Saturday.
Foul trouble and a defensive collapse in the fourth quarter saw the North Carolina women's basketball team exit the ACC Tournament in the first round with an 83-73 loss to Wake Forest, likely ending the Tar Heels' season.
“If you guys have been keeping up with us, we have been playing really well the past few games,” said first year guard Cole Anthony. “We’re getting everybody back healthy, things have been clicking, and practice is going well. We’re just really starting to play well together.” Anthony was a dominant force in establishing North Carolina’s success on the offensive end. After finishing the Tar Heels' first matchup against Wake Forest shooting just 5-19 from the field, the point guard’s second time facing the Demon Deacons was a stark contrast.
In the midst of a near month-long losing streak, the North Carolina women’s basketball team played with desperation in a senior night matchup against Duke on Sunday. When the Tar Heels entered their first game against the Blue Devils on Feb. 6, they were 16-6, third in the ACC, and firmly in the discussion for an NCAA tournament bid. After suffering a 71-61 loss in Cameron Indoor Stadium in that game, UNC has undergone a collapse.
The North Carolina baseball team (7-3) lost a neutral site game against Minnesota (5-4), 4-1, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, despite a solid performance from sophomore Aaron Sabato.
In his last two games for the Orange, Elijah Hughes has combined for 45 points against Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh, two teams that defeated North Carolina this year. He'll certainly be one of the guys UNC looks to slow down in Saturday's game against Syracuse.
Roy Williams made it clear on his Tuesday presser that neither he nor his team will be giving up despite the Tar Heels' 10-17 record. The Hall of Fame coach is in the midst of his first losing season of his 32-year head coaching career.