For the second year in a row, the Diamond Heels will be hosting a regional in Chapel Hill. Carolina received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship as one of the best college teams following the conference tournaments.
Although the Heels turned in a disappointing performance in Durham last week while being knocked out after just one game, they’ll have a chance to redeem themselves in their regional over the weekend. Sixty four teams will make the field with the teams Carolina will be hosting to be announced today at noon on ESPNU.
North Carolina is one of four ACC teams to earn the right to host a regional along with Clemson, NC State, and Florida State. If Carolina can advance out of the regional round they’d potentially be in line to host a Super Regional as well.
The Heels will be looking to avoid the disappointment of an early exit again after last year’s disappointing result against Davidson in Chapel Hill. Fortunately, the format of the NCAA Championship is much more favorable than the format of the ACC Tournament that saw the Heels done after just one loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Carolina came into the season with extremely lofty expectations as one of the best teams in the country. They stumbled out of the gate with disappointing results before righting the ship down the stretch. Things went south again in the conference tournament, but there is at least reason to believe they can go on a successful run in order to maybe make it back to the College World Series.