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While most experts have already written off North Carolina as soft, the Tar Heels have managed to plunge in their feet to the Sweet 16. This took place after the underdogs went toe-to-toe against the defending champions and knocked them out. Sure, it wasn’t easy, but it was done. The team from North Carolina, at one point, had blown off a 25-point second-half lead after Brady Manek was seemingly ejected for a massive wild elbow. Even Caleb Love, the starting guard, fouled out, and they had major issues when Baylor, the top-seeded team in the competition, put up the full-court pressure. 

Tar Heels Have Proven Their Critics Wrong

Nevertheless, Tar Heels were never really behind Baylor, did play with composure throughout overtime, and managed to carve out a 93-86 victory on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Armando Bacot, the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Power forward, stated that they had been hearing things about them throughout the year, and this was their chance to prove everyone wrong. He believes that he showed everyone how the team from North Carolina fought, and persevered at the moment, as a unit. 

For the Tar Heels, RJ Davis managed to score a career-high 30 points along with a nifty layup after he was fouled constantly in overtime when Bacot went ahead and made the tiebreaking free throw. Interestingly, the power forward had missed three of them in the final 38 seconds of regulation. Bacot had close to 15 points and 16 rebounds, complete with three different blocked shots. 

This season was quite a roller-coaster for Tar Heels after they lost in the first round of the tourney the previous year in Roy Williams’ final game as coach. But this year, under Hubert Davis, they had moved on to the East Region semifinals to play UCLA in a matchup that had a combined 17 national titles between them.