So at this point, its pretty much a foregone conclusion that Kansas will pass UNC for #2 on the all-time wins list at some point in the near future. UNC is sitting at 1998 right now... and Kansas will go for the tie tomorrow (Feb 27) against Oklahoma State while UNC plays at Wake Forest. I feel it is a safe assumption that the two will come out of the weekend tied at #2 on the all-time wins list.
Kansas then plays Kansas State at home and then closes the season at Missouri. Assuming they win out, that will have them hit 2000 on the road.
Conversely, UNC's schedule after a presumed loss on the road to Wake Forest will then include Miami at home and then a trip to visit the red hot Duke Blue Devils. I believe the TarHeels are still favored to win the game versus the Hurricanes at home and lose at Duke. This would close out the regular season at 1999 wins. UNC would then have a shot at win number 2000 in the first round of the ACC tourney... unfortunately for them, if the tourney started today, they'd play Wake in an opening round game.
The scenario I have laid out above would sit UNC at a whopping 15-17 (4-12) on the year. Even the NIT would balk at taking a team with a conference record that bad with an overall losing record to boot. So that could leave UNC considering an invite to the CBI tournament. (Which honestly, I didn't even know existed until last year...)
So here's my point of discussion: You're the UNC AD and you sit down with Roy Williams to discuss an invite to the CBI. Do you take the invite and get win number 2000 in that less than prestigious tournament or do you shut it down for the year and open next season with a win versus a patsy at home to wipe the slate clean?