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After NCAA exit, Tar Heels aim to build on up-and-down season with return of veteran team

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At times this season, North Carolina looked like a team that could battle with, and even beat, just about anybody.

At others, the Tar Heels were prone to concentration lapses, wavering intensity and turnovers at critical times.

PHOTO: North Carolina guard Marcus Paige, right, shoots against Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser during the second half of a college basketball regional semifinal in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Los Angeles. Wisconsin won 79-72. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
North Carolina guard Marcus Paige, right, shoots against Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser during the second half of a college basketball regional semifinal in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Los Angeles. Wisconsin won 79-72. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

It's why the season that ended with Thursday's loss to Wisconsin was such a mixed bag.

The Tar Heels (26-12) reached the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament final and earned their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 since 2012, but there's also the feeling that they could've accomplished more.

The 79-72 loss to the Badgers marked the fifth time UNC had lost after leading by at least seven after halftime.

Junior Marcus Paige says next year's returnees will "try to come together even more" and "make something special out of it."

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