UNC demolished by Category 5 hurricane in awful loss to Miami


The good or bad news, depending on your perspective, is that UNC’s game against Miami ended early Tuesday. The Hurricanes knocked Carolina to the ground and never let them get back up on their way to an 85-57 victory. UNC shot just 34% from the field and 20% from long range in a game we all can’t wait to quickly forget.

To add insult to injury, Armando Bacot fell with five minutes remaining after landing hard on his back. He stayed on the pitch for quite a while before he was finally able to get off the pitch on his own. It seemed like the worst case could have been avoided, with the problem being an extremely painful tailbone. Losing a player as important as Bacot in the closing stages of a horrible game would have been just the ugly icing on the cake.

The 49-22 halftime deficit was UNC’s worst since its 2010 game against Duke. It’s been quite a while since the Tar Heels suffered a beating as extensive as this one. Almost half of Carolina’s shots have come from long range where they’ve only made six of their 30 attempts. Not really the recipe for success!

A lot of credit for the blowout goes to the way Miami played. Their offense was a force to be reckoned with and UNC had no answer. Isaiah Wong made five of his eight 3-pointers en route to 25 points. Kameron McGusty added another 20 points. Sam Waardenburg hit his career high in points (20) just a minute into the second half with five threes. It was that kind of game.

Unfortunately, the Tar Heels were more than willing to help Miami’s cause. There were too many turnovers on one side and the 14 giveaways led directly to 30 points for the Hurricanes. Considering the final score, you can see how it would sting a bit more.

I take no pleasure in sitting behind my keyboard criticizing guys who are a little over the legal voting age. I walk away from it as often as I can. But we have to talk about effort. Or lack thereof. It’s felt a few times this year that the other team hits UNC in the mouth and they fall apart. Things only get progressively worse from there.

There didn’t seem to be a ton of effort on the floor tonight from where I was sitting. Frustration is inevitable in situations like these, but not showing up and not having the pride to keep your behind from getting kicked that way is a really unfortunate look. The solution to such a problem is even more difficult to find.

It’s going to be hard to get the bad taste of this one out of your mouth because it was, quite frankly, an embarrassing performance. No two ways about it. We’ve seen them bounce back from bad losses this season, but in the ACC this year there are only a limited number of quality winning opportunities. It was one of them and the opportunity was squandered in a big way.

UNC will be back in action Saturday against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.

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