North Carolina's 71-67 loss at Boston College on Saturday means it will finish with a losing record in the ACC regular season -- and will probably have to win the league tournament in order to secure an NCAA bid (which means winning four games in four days, which seems pretty unlikely).
Senior forward Deon Thompson, though, said that his team will continue to fight.
"I don't think anyone has given up,'' he said. "We still go out there, every time we step on the court, and try to fight. We don't go into a game thinking we're going to lose or anything like that. So I don't think anyone on this team has given up."
One positive for the Tar Heels was getting reserve forward Tyler Zeller back after a 10-game injury absence. Although he made only 2 of 9 shots -- missing several around the basket -- he still finished with nine points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes.
"It felt good .... [I've] just got to get back to getting in the right spot on defensive and offensively finishing plays. I've just got to get back to where I was,'' he said.
The most difficult part of being sidelined because of a broken bone in his right foot, he said, was being unable to help his struggling team.
"It's been rough, but I use it as motivation,'' he said. "I lost weight this season, so I put that back on ... for the most part, it's just been rough, watching the [losses]."
While Kentucky became the first program to hit the 2,000-win mark earlier this season, UNC continues to wait ... and wait ... and wait. Stuck at 1,998 victories, you've got to start to wonder if the Tar Heels will have to wait all the way until next season to join the 2,000 club.