Just two more days before the brackets come out. From Media General-
Start fast, stumble to the finish. The preceding sentence perfectly summed up both North Carolinaâ€™s basketball season and its 62-58 first-round ACC tournament loss to Georgia Tech on Thursday evening.
The Tar Heels led by 10 at halftime. (The Tar Heels started the season 8-2 and were ranked as high as No. 6 in the Associated Press poll.) Carolina couldnâ€™t handle that success, and hit an early-second half swoon, allowing Georgia Tech to score the first seven points after halftime. (Just past the midway point of the season, Carolina lost eight of 10 games, sending the Heelsâ€™ season into a spiral.)
See the trend here?
Down the stretch Thursday, just as it has been all season, Carolina was plagued with ball handling issues and poor shooting, and the Yellow Jackets took advantage. They outscored the Heels 38-24 after halftime. In the last 5:13, Carolina missed all eight of its field-goal attempts and turned it over twice, and Georgia Tech pulled away for a win that likely seals an NCAA tournament berth for the Yellow Jackets (20-11).
â€œItâ€™s extremely disappointing, to say the least,â€ UNC coach Roy Williams said.
Disappointing don’t do justice to North Carolina’s 2009-10 basketball season. Only a year ago they were National Champions, now they are hoping the NIT throws them a
scrap bone tournament invitation. Should a team that finished 16-16 be playing in the post season?
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