The upset of the year in college basketball happened in Chapel Hill, as the defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels lost a shocker at home to Wofford (from Spartanburg, South Carolina). Wofford had a double digit lead for a large part of the second half and held off a rally by North Carolina that cut it to a single point with less than two minutes remaining.
To say that this one will be hard to top is an understatement. Sure, this is by North Carolina standards a relative rebuilding year coming off last year’s title, but they still got off to a 10-1 start that included wins over Tennessee, Arkansas, and Michigan, and the only previous loss was to Michigan State. The Tar Heels got dominated physically by Cameron Jackson, who had 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 blocks, and Fletcher Magee went off for 27 points. Ken Pomeroy had this one as 98% (and a median projection of a 22 point win) for North Carolina entering the game. Wofford did have a close home win over Georgia Tech earlier this month, but was at 7-4 with the average loss coming by 19 points.
It is also Wofford’s first ever win over a ranked opponent.