North Carolina slides from preseason No. 1 to no NCAA bid

North Carolina has gone from starting the season at No. 1 to missing the NCAA Tournament. And that had the Tar Heels call it a season. UNC on Sunday officially became the first top-ranked team in The Associated Press preseason poll to miss to miss March Madness since the field’s expansion to 64 teams in 1985. Rhe school announced that it had “chosen not to participate” in the 32-team NIT. In a statement, coach Hubert Davis said officials “believe now is the time to focus on moving ahead” to prepare for next season.

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