The freshmen have danced in pink tutus. ESPN’s Stuart Scott, master of ceremonies, has sung the praises of his alma mater. Friday night at the Smith Center, basketball season finally began in Chapel Hill.
Late Night With Roy, North Carolina’s annual kickoff event for basketball season, began with an Olympic-style entrance by many of UNC’s 27 varsity teams. But when the men’s basketball team finally walked onto the court, led by a grinning Dexter Strickland, screaming fans made it known who they were really there to see.
Before suiting up for a scrimmage, the Tar Heels had a little fun, performing dance numbers to songs by Shakira, Adele and Beyonce. And even though it took them a while to get to basketball, senior Leslie McDonald enjoyed providing a different kind of entertainment.
“It shows the fans that we have some other talents,” McDonald said. “It just gets us out of our comfort zones, showing the fans that, you know, there’s another side of us besides basketball all the time.”
For the last show of the night, McDonald and the rest of the Tar Heels wore blue or white and played an intrasquad scrimmage with a 20-minute running clock.