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UNC Seed and Bracket Projections
So what will the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee do with UNC, and where are the Heels likely to being playing their 1st and 2nd round games? Before getting into what the bracketologists think, let's first look at UNC's resume, as it will appear (roughly) on the sheets given to the committee members.
NCAA Tournament Springboard
In the aftermath of Saturday’s ACC Tournament championship game collapse, the 19th-ranked Tar Heels left the Greensboro Coliseum a better team than when they had arrived five days earlier. This group of Tar Heels was not going to let the immediacy of its title game loss overshadow the strides it had made during the run to the title game.
Blown Back But Undeterred
It happened just like that. North Carolina went from predator to prey in a matter of moments — just a handful of minutes on the clock in which the Tar Heels had their momentum zapped, their ACC championship promise obliterated. UNC played four games on four consecutive days, but it refused to rest on fatigue as an excuse for crumbling so quickly. It was a simple matter of execution, the Tar Heels said.
Video: Williams, Paige, Johnson Post-Notre Dame Press Conference
Roy Williams, Brice Johnson, and Marcus Paige spoke to the media following the ACC Tournament final against Notre Dame.
Brandan Wright continues career comeback with Phoenix Suns
Almost eight years later, Brandan Wright feels like he is just getting started. Wright was unable to write a new beginning to his NBA career, one limited to 114 appearances in his first four seasons. But he has become the author of a career story headed for a happier ending. Part of that plot included a move to Phoenix two months ago, but the turning point came after the 2011 lockout.
A Little Perspective on UNC's Weekend
What UNC did this weekend was essentially play four rounds of an NCAA Tournament regional complete with the same caliber competition in a four day span. The Tar Heels' four days in Greensboro were immensely challenging and to win all four would have been a monumental feat. Yet the Tar Heels were right there and at the very least, found out how good they can really be.
Latest title-game loss especially painful for oh-so-close UNC
This chance to claim an ACC tournament championship wasn't about winning four games in four days. For the Tar Heels, it would have been a fulfilling reward for work spanning a full season, a breakthrough four years in the making. Instead, it was gone in 68 seconds. That's how long it took the Fighting Irish to erase a 64-56 deficit and complete a game-changing, 11-0 run.
Lucas: Ten Minutes Short
Funny thing about fatigue: when things are going well, you’re never tired. When Carolina was putting together a terrific 30 minutes in building a nine-point lead over Notre Dame with ten minutes to go in the ACC Tournament championship game, everyone looked fresh. Then the Fighting Irish blizzard began—Notre Dame coach Mike Brey called it “a lightning strike,” which seems accurate.
Tar Heels Fall in ACC Tournament Championship
No. 5 seed North Carolina was in control of Saturday’s ACC Tournament championship game until it wasn’t. The Tar Heels built a nine-point second-half lead and then watched it turn into a 14-point deficit over a seven-minute span. If fatigue set in, neither Roy Williams nor his Tar Heels would admit to it after the game. “They beat our butts,” Williams said. “That is the bottom line.”
Turner's Take: Disappointed, Not Discouraged
The run was just too much. After the Tar Heels fought back from a five-point halftime deficit, Notre Dame went on a scoring binge, outscoring UNC 24-3 over the next six minutes and 27 seconds. In that time, the Tar Heels turned the ball over six times –on two straight possessions, and then, after a timeout, three more in a row– and Notre Dame made 9 of 13 shots, including five straight.
UNC-Notre Dame: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes
Roy Williams: "They played better than we did. We panicked a little bit more than we have at any time this year, and their defense got stronger with every basket and our movement got worse. But it's a tough day, and a very good three days. We did some good things for three days. Did some good things for 32 minutes today. That's about it, guys."
26-3 Second Half Irish Surge Dooms Tar Heels
Up 63-54 with 9:59 remaining, the rug was pulled out from under the Tar Heels. No. 5 seed North Carolina fell to third-seeded Notre Dame, 90-82, Saturday night in the ACC Tournament championship game at the Greensboro Coliseum. “That was a big-time game for about 30, 32 minutes, and then after that it was a big game if you were a Notre Dame fan. It wasn’t for us,” Roy Williams said.
Video: UNC-Notre Dame Game Highlights
Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson combine for 44 points but the Tar Heels fell in the ACC Tournament Championship to Notre Dame, 90-82, on March 14th, 2015.
No. 11 Notre Dame beats No. 19 UNC 90-82 to win ACC title
Jerian Grant scored 24 points and No. 11 Notre Dame took over with a 26-3 second-half run to rally past No. 19 North Carolina 90-82 on Saturday in the ACC title game. Pat Connaughton added 20 points for the Irish. They went from trailing by nine to up double figures with a stunning burst that seized momentum in what amounted to a road game and sent the program to its first title in any league.
Box Score: Notre Dame 90, North Carolina 82
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 90-82 loss to Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament Finals on Saturday in Greensboro, NC: