Run Up To March Madness: The UNC Tar Heels


Are you ready for March Madness? The UNC Tar Heels have earned the #1 seed in the South region! Here’s how their run has been up to March Madness…

March Madness is looming just around the corner. Selection Sunday has passed, and the Tar Heels have officially earned their spot as the number one seed in the South Region, and the number 3 seed overall. They were selected to take the coveted spot, despite a 2-1 loss record against Duke. Their second loss to Duke this season was on March 12th, just as they were headed into the selection period. Many are questioning if the Tar Heels did in fact earn this seed over Duke, but the numbers say that they do.

Leading up to March Madness, UNC has kept a record of 27-7. The Tar Heels prevailed against rough teams in their division to become the number #1 Atlantic Coast. This isn’t their first trip either. In fact, this is their 16th #1 seed, which according to ESPN, sets a national-best record…

"UNC earned a top seed for a national-best 16th time despite falling to rival Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals. It marked the second straight No. 1 seed for the Tar Heels (27-7), who lost to Villanova in last year’s championship game on a last-second 3-pointer."

Aside from this fact, the Tar Heels previous tournament numbers speak for themselves. They have had 47 NCAA appearances, which is the 2nd most in NCAA history. The UNC have been lead by Coach Roy Williams, since 2003. Through his career with the Tar Heels, they have made it to 7 Elite 8 appearances, 4 Final 4’s, and have won 2 championships.

This is their second consecutive year as a number one seed, and they almost won it all last year, had it not been for a last minute 3-point buzzer beater that got the Villanova Wild Cats the win. This year the Tar Heels are looking to settle up the score, and are already projected to be in the final four.

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The UNC Tar Heels first March Madness game tips off on Friday, March 17th, at 4:00 pm, on TNT. They will be facing Texas Southern Tigers, who hold the #16 seed in the South Region. Will they make it to the Final Four?