I’m out of words.
I’ve written the same recap so many times this season that I can’t think of another way to spell out the same thing happening again and again. I’d say I wouldn’t wish a season like this on my worst enemies, but that wouldn’t be true. It just sucks.
Carolina lost another game at the buzzer, falling 64-62 to Virginia on a three-pointer by Tomas Woldetensae with 0.3 seconds left on the clock. The Tar Heels had just gone up by a point on three Christian Keeling made free throws. If UNC had made a few more of their free throws in the game, they wouldn’t have been in that spot anyway. Seems familiar, eh?
The Heels out-shot the Cavaliers, 50% to 44%. Despite the fact that UNC’s largest lead was just three points, they kept it close the entire way. We’ve run out of room for any moral victories, however. Keeping it close is great but ultimately meaningless. Turnovers were a big problem for the Tar Heels, as they committed 15 in the game. Virginia wasn’t able to capitalize as much off them as you might think with just eight points, but the loss of possession in a game where possessions are at a premium definitely hurt.
Garrison Brooks led the way for UNC with 20 points. He even made a free throw at home for the first time since the game against Clemson. Cole Anthony finished with 17 points and five assists, and he added a few stitches as well. He took an elbow to the forehead and was bleeding pretty profusely before returning. Armando Bacot cleaned up pretty well on the glass with 16 rebounds, easily leading the team, but committed five turnovers.
The worst part of everything might be the fact that Carolina allowed Virginia to make so many threes. I guess you have to give them credit for making them, but they have not shot the ball well from distance this year. Allowing them nine made threes, including the final shot, is just salt in an already-infected wound.
As bad as we feel, I feel worse for the guys on this team. To have your heart repeatedly ripped out this way is brutal. Snakebitten, cursed, whatever you want to call it, it feels awful. To say anything else would just be repeating everything that has been said 100 times already this season, so I’ll just save you the time reading it.
UNC travels to Notre Dame on Monday.