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Hard Times In Chapel Hill

This season is not off to a great start to say the least.

NCAA Basketball: Wofford at North Carolina
Dec 15, 2019; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams reacts during the second half as the Wofford Terriers defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels 68-64 at William Donald Carmichael, Jr. Arena. 
Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Before this season began some sportswriters – at least one, anyway – dissented from the usual top 20 projections and predicted trouble for North Carolina. As he told Roy Williams, this year reminded him of 2009-10.

That’s when the Tar Heels lost the top four scorers from an NCAA championship squad, three leaving early for the pros (Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, Danny Green), suffered significant injuries and wound up 20-17 and an NIT finalist.

This year they lost their top five scorers, two leaving early for the pros (Coby White, Nassir Little). Now the emerging ‘20 statistical footprint is starting to resemble that of its inglorious predecessor.

The 2010 team was the only one of Williams’ first 16 at Chapel Hill which lost as many as four games in a row. That year the Tar Heels also suffered three straight losses on two separate occasions, each marking a depth to which the program sank but one other time under Williams – once in 2014.

The other night, in a match with Wofford at Carmichael Arena, UNC lost its third consecutive game, after disappointing verdicts against Ohio State and Virginia. This is the earliest the Heels lost a trio of contests under Williams.

Next up: Gonzaga on Dec. 18.

Longest Losing Streaks By UNC Under Roy Williams
(Md indicates Maryland, UM indicates Miami)
Ls Season Victors
4 2010 V,VT,Md,D
3 2020 OSU,V,Woff
2014 WF,UM,SU
2010 C,GT,WF
2010 GT,BC,FS
2 2018 (3 times) FS,V - C,UP - UM,D
2016 UL,ND
2015 (2 times) UL,V - UP,D
2014 D,UP
2013 (2 times) V,UM - UM,D
2010 D,GT
2007 Md,GT
2006 UM,V
2004 (2 times) C,D - D,GT