Basketball top 10 leads UNC to 7th in Directors’ Cup standings
A pair of top-10 finishes in the NCAA Tournament by both men’s and women’s Carolina basketball teams, including an appearance in a national championship game by the men, led the Tar Heels to seventh place in the nation in the current LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup standings.
The Directors’ Cup is a multi-sport competition that awards points based on NCAA playoff success. Each school can rack up points for the Cup standings in 19 sports – four of which must be baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball.
Carolina amassed 361.00 points during the winter season, which includes championship results in 11 sports to date, including eight UNC sponsors (all except women’s ice hockey, rifle and ski).
Combined with the 295.50 points the Tar Heels totaled in the fall, UNC has 656.50 points in the Directors’ Cup, the second highest among ACC programs. UNC is one of three ACC schools in the top 10.
Michigan currently leads with 761.00 points. The Wolverines are followed by Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Texas, Wisconsin, UNC, NC State, Kentucky and Arkansas.
The Tar Heel men’s basketball team earned 90 points for advancing to the national title game against Kansas. Carolina entered the tournament as the No. 8 seed, but knocked out defending national champion and top seed Baylor in the second round, won the Eastern Region and knocked out the Eastern Regional Champion. West Duke in the Final Four in UNC’s first-ever NCAA Tournament game against the Blue Devils.
The women’s basketball team earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament and qualified for the Sweet 16 by defeating No. 4 Arizona, 63-45, in Tucson on the court. of the reigning NCAA runner-up. The Tar Heels faced No. 1 South Carolina in the regional semifinals, dropping eight points to the eventual national champions (the eight-point margin was the closest game the Gamecocks played in the tournament).
Two other Tar Heel programs have finished in the top 20 of their respective championships, with women’s swimming and diving adding 61.5 points to 14and place and struggle contributing 56.0 points for an 18and-place performance.
Both men’s and women’s fencing finished 26and (22.0 points), men’s swimming and diving were 27and (47.0 points) and the women’s indoor track and field ranked 51st (20.5 points).
Carolina finished fourth in the 2020-21 Directors’ Cup, its 22nd top 10 in the multi-sport competition’s 27-year history. It was the 19th time that UNC had the best national result among Atlantic Coast Conference schools.