Preseason AP No. 1 North Carolina likely to miss March Madness after loss to Virginia in ACC quarterfinals

    UNC guard RJ Davis ahead of the loss against the Virginia Cavaliers.

    (CNN)The preseason AP No. 1-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (UNC-Chapel Hill) look likely to miss out on March Madness after suffering a damaging loss to the Virginia Cavaliers in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) tournament quarterfinals.

    UNC was defeated 68-59 by the Cavaliers on Thursday, leaving its hopes of playing in the season-ending NCAA men's basketball tournament in tatters following an underwhelming season.
    The Tar Heels enter Selection Sunday with a 20-13 record and having missed out on the opportunity of sealing an automatic qualification spot, now are a long-shot to make the big dance.
      According to ESPN, if UNC misses out on the March Madness, it will become the first AP preseason No. 1 to miss it since NC State in 1974/75.
        "It was definitely frustrating and disappointing, but one thing I can say about this group is we fight to the end," Tar Heels guard RJ Davis -- who led all scoring on Thursday night with 24 points -- said afterwards.
        "We're a resilient group. We may get kicked down, but we always get back up, and that's something that has been a major theme for this whole team."
        The Tar Heels' continued struggles from three-point range -- they hit 8-of-27 from beyond the arc -- haunted the team yet again on Thursday.
          Cavaliers guard Armaan Franklin (right) celebrates with teammate Kihei Clark against the North Carolina Tar Heels.