WATCH: Cormac Ryan stands up for RJ Davis and Armando Bacot

The UNC men’s basketball program season came to a bitter end, losing in heartbreak fashion to Alabama in the Sweet 16.

Everything that could’ve gone wrong for the Tar Heels did in the second half, shooting 25% (tied for third lowest in a NCAA tournament half in UNC history). UNC couldn’t buy a bucket with leader RJ Davis struggling, going 4-20 from the field and 0-9 from three, the usual flame couldn’t get a spark.

Following the loss, the team met with the media in the presser, and Davis was asked about his shooting struggles. After a few pauses, Davis struggled to answer, and that is where Cormac Ryan interrupted, giving a heartfelt speech about Davis and Armando Bacot being the reason UNC made it to the tournament in the first place.


Ryan showcased leadership and echoed the truth. Davis had one of the most memorable seasons a Tar Heel ever has, proving doubters wrong one step back at a time. It’s hard to see Bacot’s career end without the championship, but his Tar Heel legacy is stamped.

There’s no telling if Davis will be back next season, but if that’s how the story ends, it will be worth the read decades from now.

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