How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
For a team that lost many of its star players from last season, the North Carolina Tar Heels have not been too bad this year. They aren’t dominant like they were last season, but they are still a good team that could make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. That has seemed more and more likely as the season has progressed.
After losing three games in their non-conference schedule, things did not look good for the Tar Heels entering ACC play. However, a third place finish in the regular season standings should make Roy Williams proud, even if North Carolina standards are to win the conference.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: James Michael McAdoo (14.6 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: James Michael McAdoo (7.6 rpg)
Leading Passer: Marcus Paige (4.6 apg)
Bad Losses: None
Good Wins: UNLV, Virginia, North Carolina State
North Carolina did not manage a single win against Miami or Duke this season and it played those two teams a combined four times. However, it was the third best team in the conference all season long. The Tar Heels score a lot, they rebound a lot and they assist a lot, ranking within the top 15 in all of those categories in the nation. Those are all really important things come NCAA Tournament time.
The Tar Heels have only beaten one ranked opponent at the time on the season. That is not very impressive for a North Carolina team and it has definitely had its opportunities. James Michael McAdoo needs to come up big in the dance, like he has all season long.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are dancing!