With Kentucky loss, UNC basketball still holds this NCAA Tournament record

The North Carolina Tar Heels didn’t make the 2023 NCAA Tournament after a disappointing year in Chapel Hill. But they watched one of their records stand following the departure of a blue blood program from the tournament.

In Sunday’s second-round matchup, the Kansas State Wildcats took down the Kentucky Wildcats to reach the Sweet 16. In the process, they helped UNC keep an NCAA Tournament record.

With Kentucky’s loss, they remain with 130 NCAA Tournament wins, one behind North Carolina, which holds the record with 131 all-time tournament wins. Despite not making it this year, the Tar Heels hold the top spot for at least another year.

The Tar Heels surpassed Kentucky last year, entering that tournament with 126 wins while the Wildcats had 129. Kentucky lost to St. Peter’s in the opening round a year ago but beat Providence this year to get to 130.

Hopefully, Hubert Davis and the Tar Heels can figure things out this offseason, can return to the tournament and can extend the lead for all-time wins.

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