There’s no maybe about it–this year’s team is definitely the youngest ever. In fact, no team in ACC history has ever lost its top seven scorers, as the Tar Heels did after winning the national championship.
There are two previous examples of Carolina teams losing their top three scorers–prior to the 1995-96 season (losing Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, and Donald Williams) and prior to the 1998-99 season (losing Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, and Shammond Williams). The 1996 team finished 21-11 and lost to backboard-breaking Darvin Ham and Texas Tech in the NCAA second round. The 1999 team finished 24-10 and lost to Weber State in the NCAA opener.
One advantage both of those teams had over this one: they both returned experienced point guards.
Sigh. It’s going to be a long season I’m afraid.