ST. LOUIS — The image I’ll remember most from North Carolina’s 80-67 loss against Kansas on Sunday in the NCAA tournament Midwest regional final didn’t happen on the court. It came instead afterward, in the Tar Heels’ locker room. It was Harrison Barnes, sitting motionless in front his locker, his head under a blue towel.
The scenes inside UNC’s locker room were what you would expect, mostly. It was quiet when reporters filed in. The players were spread about, sitting silent. Most stared at the ground. Most had red eyes. None of this was unexpected. Nor was it to see Barnes in front his locker, hunched over in a chair with that towel draped over him.