The No. 19 North Carolina women will likely host first- and second-round NCAA tournament games next weekend. Only a big run by Oklahoma in this weekend’s Big 12 Tournament could have prevented that, but the Sooners lost in the semifinals Saturday. Charlie Creme, who projects brackets for ESPN, said in a media availability on Friday that he has the Tar Heels (21–10) as the No. 15 overall seed, giving them a bit of a buffer since the top 16 seeds host first- and second-round games. His No. 16 seed is Villanova (17–3).
UNC has no shot at NCAA tournament berth, wouldn’t even be No. 1 NIT seed, Lunardi says
North Carolina figured to need at least three wins in Greensboro to secure an NCAA tournament berth and, after getting only one, the Tar Heels are firmly on the bubble that is likely about to burst. Two prominent bracket projections — from Joe Lunardi on ESPN and Jerry Palm on CBS — list the Tar Heels as the fifth team out of the field. Both list Clemson as one of the teams ahead of them but still not in the field.
RJ Davis can’t will UNC to win without Bacot, season may be over
GREENSBORO — RJ Davis tried to will North Carolina to a victory that the No. 7-seed Tar Heels desperately needed to make the NCAA tournament, but he needed help. He didn’t get nearly enough of it. His 24 points and four 3-pointers couldn’t avoid a possibly season-ending 68–59 loss Thursday to No. 2-seed Virginia in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Videos: Hubert Davis, RJ Davis, Bacot, Nance and Love talk about UNC’s loss to Virginia
Hear what UNC’s Hubert Davis, RJ Davis, Armando Bacot, Pete Nance and Caleb Love had to say after the Tar Heels’ loss to Virginia.
There were surprising NET positives from UNC’s win over BC, but Tar Heels still have to keep winning to make NCAA field
GREENSBORO — North Carolina needs to keep winning to make the NCAA tournament but there was a surprising good sign for the Tar Heels in Thursday’s updated NET rankings.
Videos: Hear from Hubert Davis, RJ Davis, Love, Nance and Johnson after UNC’s win over BC
Hear what Coach Hubert Davis, RJ Davis, Caleb Love, Pete Nance and Puff Johnson had to say after Carolina’s second-round victory Wednesday in the ACC Tournament against Boston College.
Carolina looks dominant again in pounding BC, and hopes to keep that going against Virginia
By R.L. Bynum GREENSBORO — North Carolina has shown flashes of the team that many expected this season, and Wednesday … More
Photo gallery from UNC’s win over Boston College
Images from UNC’s second-round ACC tournament victory with Boston College
Frick blasts two home runs, drives in six as UNC routs Penn State for 7th straight win
The hits and the power keep coming for No. 14 North Carolina. Against a good Penn State team, the Tar Heels took batting practice Wednesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium, pounding out 14 hits to blow out the Nittany Lions 15–5 for their seventh consecutive victory.
Lights-out game for Honeycutt, UNC as Heels win shortened game for sixth straight
CHAPEL HILL — It was a lights-out performance from leadoff man Vance Honeycutt and No. 14 North Carolina on Tuesday. An 8–4 lead over Western Carolina after five innings was enough for the Tar Heels (10–3) to claim a shortened victory after the Boshamer Stadium lights wouldn’t come on.