North Carolina entered the season as the No. 1 team in America in the Associated Press preseason poll. On Selection Sunday, UNC’s campaign ended after an improbable collapse that ended in an NCAA Tournament berth.
The Tar Heels, seeded No. 1 and the first team to miss the expansion NCAA Tournament in 1985, have announced they will decline an invitation to the NIT.
“Our focus and goal all season has been to be the best team we can be and reach our full potential to give us another chance to compete, play and win the NCAA Championship,” said coach Hubert Davis. “Even though we no longer have this opportunity and this season was not what we had hoped for, I want to thank our players and staff for their hard work and love for Carolina basketball.”
A year ago, North Carolina advanced to the NCAA tournament field, beating Kansas by 12 points in the national title game before losing to the Jayhawks. Armando Bacot and other stars are back from UNC, and now the Tar Heels are in the midst of one of the biggest upsets in NCAA history.
A four-game losing streak that began in November was the beginning of drama for a North Carolina team that made just 30% of its 3-point attempts in league play a year after making 37% of those shots in ACC action.
Davis is ranked No. 24 in the 2023 recruiting class by ESPN.
“There are many factors that go into postseason play and we believe now is the time to focus on moving forward, getting ready for next season and being able to compete again for the ACC and NCAA championships,” Davis said. “I also want to thank our amazing fans for their incredible support. Our commitment to you drives us to improve our program in every way.”