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Video: Phil Ford running UNC's Four Corners offense
Freshman North Carolina point guard Phil Ford runs Dean Smith's "Four Corners" offense to perfection in a 78-70 win over Duke in Chapel Hill on February 12, 1975.
UNC's bounce-back win a mixed bag worthy of celebration, criticism
UNC honored Dean Smith with a moment of silence on Saturday, and UNC’s 89-60 rout of Georgia Tech included another well-conceived tribute to Smith. Once the game began, there was too much silence. Rather than speaking in glowing terms about the memorable “Four Corners” set that the Tar Heels ran successfully, Roy Williams made sure to voice his displeasure with the crowd’s indifference.
At home, a huge win for UNC
They came to the house Dean Smith built, or perhaps the house built for him. And in their first game back in Chapel Hill since the legendary coach’s passing, the No. 15 Tar Heels (19-8, 9-5 ACC) did as their predecessor had so many times before: they won, drubbing Georgia Tech (12-15, 3-12 ACC) 89-60. “Being home today was great,” said freshman wing Justin Jackson.
Dean Would Be Smiling: UNC runs Four Corners, rips Tech
Roy Williams held up for fingers, just like Dean Smith, his mentor, used to do when he was coaching the Tar Heels. And then Williams’ guys, in throwback uniforms, assumed their positions in the four-corners offense popularized by Smith. UNC point guard Marcus Paige threw a pass to Brice Johnson for a layup and 2-0 lead the Tar Heels never relinquished.
Video: Marcus Paige, Kennedy Meeks Post-Georgia Tech Interviews
Marcus Paige and Kennedy Meeks talk to Jones Angell following the Tar Heels' 89-60 win over Georgia Tech on February 21st, 2015.
A Special Connection: Dean Smith and Hugh Morton
On Sunday, February 22nd, there will be a very special gathering in the Smith Center on the UNC campus to celebrate the life of Dean E. Smith. There will be players and former players...coaches and former coaches...students and former students. And I choose to believe there will be a very special section that will not be visible to those of us in the arena—and Smith, Bill Friday, and Hugh Morton will be seated there.
North Carolina honoring Dean Smith through its play
As much as North Carolina coach Roy Williams shared stories with his current players about the man and coach who was Dean Smith, he’s never brought up dedicating the season to his memory. At this point, he really doesn’t have to.
Jim Calhoun Remembers Dean Smith: 'Father Figure'
As a a young coach at Northeastern, Jim Calhoun was always looking for the best college basketball minds. In the early 1970s, he made a trip to Chapel Hill, N.C. "I had studied Dean Smith like crazy," Calhoun recalled, looking back on his career in 2012. "They took us in, and Roy Williams was an assistant, Eddie Fogler was an assistant, Bill Guthridge was an assistant, and [Smith] said, 'we don't have a team here, we have a program.'"
For UNC’s Bill Guthridge, the memories are fading away
On the day before Dean Smith's funeral, Bill Guthridge, Smith's longtime assistant and friend, tried to put into words the relationship they shared, but he couldn't say exactly what he wanted to say, or how he wanted to say it. Guthridge sat in his room in the medical wing of an assisted living facility not far from the UNC campus.
Lucas: More Than Four
Marcus Paige has run game-winning plays in hostile arenas. Already this year, he’s vanquished Louisville with a last-second shot, and he sent NC State home angry last season. And despite all that, Paige was unequivocal about one particular play in Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech. “I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous to execute a play,” Paige said.
With the season nearing an end and many of the team’s goals in serious jeopardy, North Carolina blew Georgia Tech off the Smith Center court with a performance certain to make those in town remember the legacy and life of Coach Dean Smith. Many will say it was just Georgia Tech and the Jackets have struggled to a 12-15 overall record and stand just 3-12 in conference play. Don’t tell Roy Williams that.
Paying Tribute to Dean Smith
After a two-week emotional roller coaster, getting back on the Smith Center court gave North Carolina the lift it needed on Saturday. And with it came the opportunity to honor the late Dean Smith in a very Coach Smith-like way. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, two weeks anyway,” head coach Roy Williams said following UNC’s 89-60 rout of Georgia Tech.
Speakers For Dean Smith Celebration
UNC will celebrate the life of Dean E. Smith Sunday (Feb. 22) at 2 p.m. at the Smith Center. Speaking on behalf of the Carolina Basketball Family and the Smith family will be Mickey Bell, Erskine Bowles, Billy Cunningham, Brad Daugherty, Phil Ford, Antawn Jamison, Eric Montross, Reverend Robert Seymour, former Georgetown Coach John Thompson and Carolina Coach Roy Williams.
UNC-Georgia Tech Postgame Notes
Roy Williams won his 743rd career game and 325th at UNC. He is 16th all-time, three behind Phog Allen. He is seventh in ACC wins, one behind Terry Holland. Marcus Paige is the first Tar Heel with a points-assists double-double since Dexter Strickland against East Carolina on 12/15/12 and the first to have at least 10 assists and no turnovers since Kendall Marshall against NC State on 2/21/12.
UNC-Georgia Tech Postgame Quotes
Roy Williams on the four corners as a tribute to Coach Smith: “It’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time, for two weeks anyway. Some way to do something that would mean a great deal to him and would mean a great deal to me. I was hoping they would be man-to-man, but if they weren’t we were going to hold it for twenty seconds, just standing out there with everybody holding up four."