North Carolina basketball has a long history of deep runs in the NCAA tournament and national championships. It is also only three years removed from missing the Big Dance.
And nobody is forgetting it.
From the moment UNC lost Tyler Zeller, Kendall Marshall, Harrison Barnes and John Henson to the NBA, rival fans have pounced on the opportunity to predict another NIT season for the Tar Heels. Even fans of the storied program have joined in on the NIT chants.
The team's rough 12-5 start to the season has done nothing to calm the storm, either.
But are the Tar Heels really facing the possibility of missing the tourney? A possibility, yes. But it isn't as likely as some make it out to be.
Read on, as I break down what it will take for the Tar Heels to join the March Madness.