Chapel Hill, N.C. — North Carolina beat its two biggest rivals, then pulled away late to beat Notre Dame to cap a demanding stretch.
The 14th-ranked Tar Heels are tired. They also might have found a groove.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcomed home the national champion Tar Heels Tuesday evening with a party of thousands at the Dean E. Smith Center.
The team, 71-65 winners over Gonzaga on Monday night in the 2017 NCAA Championship men’s basketball championship, traveled by charter flight back from Arizona Tuesday afternoon.
North Carolina guard Theo Pinson will not play for the No. 9 Tar Heels (19-3, 7-1 ACC) at Miami Saturday. The junior rolled his right ankle Thursday night in UNC's win against Virginia Tech (15-5, 4-4 ACC) and did not play the second half.
This is like coming full circle for North Carolina junior Theo Pinson.
When the No. 11 Tar Heels play Wednesday night at Wake Forest (8 p.m., ESPN2), it will be almost two full years since he suffered a broken foot at Lawrence Joel Coliseum and missed the next 10 days.