BROOKLYN, N.Y. — On New Year’s Eve, Georgia Tech stunned North Carolina at McCamish Pavilion, a 75-63 win that seized the attention of Atlanta and Tech fans everywhere. It proved to be the first volley of an ACC season that surpassed all expectations.
As it turned out, it was a pivotal game for the losers, too. On Thursday, after their ACC tournament quarterfinal defeat of Miami at the Barclays Center, three North Carolina players reflected on the Tar Heels’ upset loss to the Yellow Jackets in the ACC opener for both teams.
All three said that the game provided a teaching point that served them in their pursuit and capture of the ACC regular-season title. With size and speed across the roster and a rabid offensive rebounding game, the Tar Heels have the look of a contender to win the national championship.