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North Carolina's future is bright after Elite Eight loss to Stanford

Brian Barbour of SB Nation's Tar Heel Blog briefly summarized the main takeaway from North Carolina's 74-65 loss to Stanford in the Elite Eight.

In the second half, it was UNC's youth versus Stanford's experience and the results were somewhat predictable....Over the course of the season, this team showed both how talented they were in beating South Carolina and Duke twice but also their youth in losing a few games they should have won against clearly inferior teams. Shoring up the latter and still doing the former will make this team a solid ACC and Final Four contender next season

In addition to their five highly touted freshmen, UNC will return sophomore forward Xylina McDaniel next season. That leaves a number of years for the team - particularly freshmen Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray - to grow together and it's hard to imagine them not making it back to this point again once or twice.

For more on the game, check out the women's basketball section at SB Nation's Tar Heel Blog. For more on North Carolina's path to the Elite Eight, check out our Stanford region storystream.