North Carolina listed as nine-seed in latest CBS Sports bracketology
North Carolina saw itself make an exit from the ACC Tournament yesterday when it fell 69-66 in the semifinals to Florida State. It was a sad result for the Tar Heels, but they’ve certainly done more than enough to get in the NCAA Tournament over the past month. The Heels are 4-2 in their last six games, a streak that started with a strong win over FSU in Chapel Hill.
Roy Williams’ team is thought to be in-line for an at-large bid. Where they’ll be seeded is the big question. In Jerry Palm of CBS Sports’ latest bracketology update released Saturday morning, the Heels are a nine-seed seed set to take on eight-seed Florida in the first round. Should they advance, they’d play the winner of top-seeded Illinois and No. 16 Oral Roberts. The Illini have won five in a row and 12-of-13, with the most recent being a blowout win of Rutgers by a score of 90-68 in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
North Carolina once again erased a double-digit deficit, but faltered down the stretch in losing to No. 15 Florida State.
The Tar Heels (18-10, 10-6 ACC) trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half before utilizing an 11-0 run to take a 51-46 lead midway through the second half. UNC led 64-62 with 3:15 to play, but then missed its next seven field goal attempts as the Seminoles took a four-point lead and held on to advance to the ACC Tournament title game against No. 4 seed Georgia Tech on Saturday night.
Caleb Love (13 points, 4-of-14 FG) and R.J. Davis (7 points, 2-of-10 FG) both took ill-advised shots in the final two minutes and Day’Ron Sharpe missed a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left that would have cut FSU’s lead to one point. The Tar Heels missed 11 of their 25 free throw attempts.
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“Well, I think we showed some toughness in last night’s game in particular when we were down, and they fought back and then they did the same thing in the game tonight,” Williams said after the game about what he learned of his team during the conference tournament. “But we didn’t make enough plays in the last three minutes to win the game. But I think that we talked at halftime tonight about, ‘hey, we were down 12 in our own building and came back.’ And we came back today, but the Polite youngster, Anthony, made a big-time three from the corner against us. We had a little bit of a defensive breakdown at that point, but he made a big-time shot. But yeah, we’ve done some good things, but right now the pain and the negative feelings you have about letting one slip by that you had a chance to win is a lot more dominating than any of the other thoughts.”
Inside Carolina contributed to this story.