It will be a special night in Chapel Hill as Tar Heel fans will have the chance to bid farewell to two members of last year’s championship team while also watching a potentially historic victory.
A win will provide a bittersweet moment of closure for both Marcus Ginyard and Deon Thompson as both seniors will depart with championship rings but also with failed goals in their final season together.
There is still significance in this game, a chance for the Heels to finish above .500 at 16-14 as well as being a part of the 2,000th win in school history. When all is said and done though, this is not the way the seniors had envisioned their final game at the Dean Dome.
The only way North Carolina can make it to the dance will be by winning the ACC Tournament, something that would take a monumental effort given the current injury situation and overall level of play this Tar Heel team has exhibited.
In reality, Coach Roy Williams and likely every member of this team realized back in late January that their season would end without a trip to the NCAA tournament. That extra time to cope won’t make it any less painful for Ginyard and Thompson as they wave goodbye to the fans that have seen them through their long careers.