Frustrations boil over as Tar Heels falls for the third time in a row: «We came back for a reason and it’s not this»

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It wasn’t supposed to be like this north carolina basketball.

the 2022-23 college basketball season it started with the Tar Heels at No. 1, fresh off an NCAA tournament final appearance and with four starters returning for a title run.

Damari Monsanto, #30 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and Armando Bacot, #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels, compete for a rebound during the second half of their game at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 7, 2023 in Winston -Salem , North Carolina. Wake Forest won 92-85, (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

However, it has not gone as planned.

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North Carolina lost to Wake Forest Tuesday Night after trailing as many as 26 points in the second half, losing their third straight game.

while the Tar Heels made it closetrailing by a final score of 92-85, it was a dispirited effort and one that upset senior forward Armando Bacot.

Following the loss, Bacot spoke to reporters, saying he addressed the team after the Tar Heels fell to 15-9 on the season.

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Bobi Klintman, #34, and Tyree Appleby, #1 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, react after a foul against RJ Davis, #4 of the North Carolina Tar Heels, during the first half of their game at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 7 February 2023 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Bobi Klintman, #34, and Tyree Appleby, #1 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, react after a foul against RJ Davis, #4 of the North Carolina Tar Heels, during the first half of their game at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 7 February 2023 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

«I, Caleb [Love]R.J. [Davis]and leaky [Black]We came back for a reason and it’s not this. It starts with the four of us,» Bacot said.

«It starts with the four of us. And it’s frustrating,» he continued. «This one definitely hurts. But I’m not going to quit. I love this university too much and I love the game of basketball too much to quit. And as I told the guys, these next few days are going to be tough because we had a bad performance. People He’s going to be angry and rightfully so. You should be. But we have to block out the noise and keep playing.

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The loss dropped the Tar Heels to 7-6 in ACC play.

«Well, we had a long and much-needed discussion in the locker room,» head coach Hubert Davis said, according to 247 Sports. «One of the things I like to do is have those comments with the guys in the locker room. The reason is not that I don’t want to tell you, but to move on, it’s best to talk to people.» with which you are moving forward. I appreciate the question. It was a long and much-needed conversation.»

North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Hubert Davis speaks with Armando Bacot, #5, during the first half of their game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 7, 2023 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Hubert Davis speaks with Armando Bacot, #5, during the first half of their game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 7, 2023 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Bacot told reporters that he challenged his teammates to have a good practice on Thursday or not show up at all.

«People who want to play, be here on Thursday,» Bacot said. «If not, just leave.»

The Tar Heels will need a strong finish to the season to be able to make the NCAA Tournament as the regular season ends.

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