North Carolina lost the National Championship to Kansas in devastating fashion on Monday night.

UNC held a 15-point halftime lead, but it was quickly erased by KU in the second half. North Carolina struggled to create offense against a Jayhawks defense that was significantly more organized after the break.

However, the Tar Heels were never supposed to make this far. They were trying to become the first 8-seed to win the title since Villanova in 1985. They had to upset the defending champs, a Final Four team from a year ago and their biggest rival just to get to this point.

Armando Bacot, Caleb Love and Brady Manek all seemed to be battling various ailments during the game. Bacot rolled his ankle on Saturday night vs. Duke. Then, he aggravated the injury late in the second half. Love, too, suffered a non-contact ankle injury against the Jayhawks. Manek took multiple hard shots to the face in the first half and occasionally appeared to be dazed.

Perhaps all of that adversity is why North Carolina fans still showed appreciate for the journey after UNC’s gut-wrenching loss to the Jayhawks.

Here’s some of the reaction from UNC fans late Monday night.

https://twitter.com/jolevick/status/1511189453737496578?s=20&t=mxw5J7qDPAGU5I5MUHjqrA

https://twitter.com/FQNorthCarolina/status/1511188373918171136?s=20&t=mxw5J7qDPAGU5I5MUHjqrA

https://twitter.com/UNC_Humor/status/1511187672517201923?s=20&t=zxsDfcdBMLhBRlCbtWCCpw

https://twitter.com/breonnacm17/status/1511188058842009600?s=20&t=zxsDfcdBMLhBRlCbtWCCpw

https://twitter.com/jaredriley_/status/1511192075051712513?s=20&t=mxw5J7qDPAGU5I5MUHjqrA