In Retrospect, the 2017-18 UNC Basketball Season
This season featured the worst NCAA Tournament loss by a Roy Williams coached team. The first time UNC beat Duke twice in the same season since 2009. A three-game ACC losing streak followed by a six-game win streak. Making the most three-pointers in a game under Roy Williams. A loss to Wofford at home. The worst shooting night in UNC history.
Roy Williams Meets with Cameron Johnson
Roy Williams met with his seniors and grad transfer Cameron Johnson on Monday following UNC’s exit from the NCAA Tournament. Johnson, who has a year of eligibility remaining, said Sunday’s that he had not made a decision regarding his plans for next season. The NBA Draft early eligibility deadline is Apr. 22, while the early entry withdrawal deadline is 5 p.m. on June 11.
Only pain, only silence after stunning loss ends UNC's season
This loss, an 86-65 defeat to Texas A&M, was UNC's first in this tournament since falling to Villanova on a buzzer-beater in the 2016 title game. This pain wasn't that pain; nothing could be. But the shock was just as debilitating for the defending champions, casualties of March sooner than anyone expected. "I didn't picture it ending it like this," Roy Williams said.
2018 NCAA Tournament: The top 16 epic moments from an incredible first weekend
The Tar Heels were one of many highly seeded teams to be taken out by a lower-seeded team. No. 2 UNC fell 86-65 to No. 7 Texas A&M on Sunday in what wound up being the biggest margin of defeat in an NCAA Tournament game for Roy Williams. Even North Carolina couldn't save North Carolina. The Tar Heels got the opening weekend games in their own state.
Joel Berry, Theo Pinson leave to standing ovation
The loss not only ended the Tar Heels season but it ended the careers of seniors Theo Pinson and Joel Berry..The duo arrived at UNC as part of the 2014 recruiting class that also featured Justin Jackson. The three were all top 25 players and an important class for Roy Williams. Jackson left UNC after his junior season but is a huge part of the Tar Heels success.
UNC blues: Here’s how Texas A&M manhandled the Tar Heels in NCAA tournament
Those A&M letters could have stood for “Ambushed” and “Manhandled,” because that’s what the underdog Aggies did to North Carolina in Charlotte. Said UNC coach Roy Williams of Texas A&M’s inside dominance: “They blocked 70,000 shots.” It was actually only eight, but it felt like more on a day when UNC blocked zero shots and kept getting stoned inside.
Tar Heels Overwhelmed in NCAAT Second Round Upset
In a NCAA Tournament where everything needed to go right for UNC, everything went wrong on Sunday. Any hopes for a third straight Final Four and back-to-back national titles relied on UNC’s ability to control the backboards, play effective defense and make shots. When all three factors work against Roy Williams’s squad, an 86-65 blowout becomes the result.
Video: Roy Williams, Theo Pinson, Joel Berry Post-Texas A&M Press Conference
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and seniors Joel Berry and Theo Pinson speak with the media following the Tar Heels' loss to Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament second round on Sunday in Charlotte.
Video: Roy Williams Emotional After Joel Berry & Theo Pinson's Final UNC Game
Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson won 14 NCAA Tournament games, including the 2017 National Championship during their time at North Carolina. Following the Tar Heels' 2nd Round loss to Texas A&M, coach Roy Williams, Pinson and Berry shared the emotion of the seniors playing their final game in Carolina Blue.
Why Texas A&M could be a problem for UNC
Roy Williams said he had trouble sleeping after he watched the tape of Texas A&M's 73-69 win over Providence in the first round. The Aggies have the kind of size UNC normally does. With a pair of big, athletic forwards, the Tar Heels’ undersized lineup will be taxed. Matching up with bigger teams has been an issue for UNC with its small-ball lineup this season.
Tar Heels facing ‘tall’ task in second round against Texas A&M
The Texas A&M Aggies (21-12) feature a front line consisting of 6-foot-10, 264-pound junior Tyler Davis, 6-10, 241-pound sophomore Robert Williams and 6-9, 220-pound junior D.J. Hogg, all three of whom stand head-and-shoulders above everyone in North Carolina’s preferred small starting lineup. “Their size is impressive,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said Saturday.
Rebounding critical in UNC-Texas A&M game in West 2nd round
Roy Williams hammers his team so much about rebounding that he has frequently quipped about the existence of an 11th commandment: thou shalt box out. "I think it's the most critical factor in the game," Williams said. And yet, the reigning national champions will be challenged to rely on a traditional strength in a second-round game Sunday against Texas A&M.
Roy Williams 28-0 in NCAA Tournament's opening round.
On Friday night, as the North Carolina Tar Heels huddled around a television at their team hotel watching No. 16 seed UMBC storm past No. 1 seed Virginia, a graphic popped up on the CBS telecast highlighting Roy Williams' impeccable 28-0 record in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. “He never takes the credit,” senior guard Joel Berry said on Saturday.
Tar Heels leaning more on their big men
If the first day of March Madness is any indication, Roy Williams might finally have himself a big man, as Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley combined for 13 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes in the victory over Lipscomb in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. It’s a step in the right direction for a team that needs interior production.
Video: Roy Williams Pre-Texas A&M Press Conference
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Saturday ahead of the Tar Heels' second round NCAA Tournament game against Texas A&M in Charlotte on Sunday.