There is certainly nothing peculiar about North Carolina appearing in the NCAA Tournament. After all, the Tar Heels have missed the dance only three times since 1992. However, when the Tar Heels take the floor Saturday morning to face Liberty in a first round game, they will do so with head coach Sylvia Hatchell back on the sideline.
Hatchell missed all of last year while battling leukemia. Longtime assistant Andrew Calder assumed the reigns and guided the young Heels to the Elite Eight before falling to Stanford 74-65.