UNC out early again, and ‘it’s tough’

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - BY JONATHAN M. ALEXAN­DER jalexan­[email protected]­sob­server.com

North Carolina ju­nior wing Bran­don Robin­son felt this team was spe­cial. He told ev­ery­one he knew, even when they laughed at him. So when it all came to an end Fri­day night against Auburn in the Sweet 16, he was at a loss for words.

“It’s not much to re­mem­ber man. I’m go­ing to re­mem­ber a loss,” he said. “It’s tough.”

The Tar Heels’ flaws a year ago were no­tice­able. They were in­ex­pe­ri­enced in the post and strug­gled at times from be­hind the 3-point line on their way to a sec­ond-round loss to Texas A&M last year.

This North Carolina team, though, was good enough to win it all. The Tar Heels won 16 of their last 18 games be­fore the NCAA tour­na­ment. The two losses were against Duke and Vir­ginia, both No. 1 seeds. The Tar Heels were one of the hottest teams in col­lege bas­ket­ball and were among the fa­vorites to win the ti­tle.

Un­til they ran into Auburn. Af­ter hit­ting 13 3-point­ers to knock off Kansas in the sec­ond

ROBERT WIL­LETT rwil­[email protected]­sob­server.com

North Carolina's Kenny Wil­liams leaves the court af­ter Auburn rolled to a 97-80 vic­tory Fri­day. The senior com­pleted his col­lege ca­reer with the Tar Heels.

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