The North Carolina men’s basketball team might have let its third straight ACC Tournament championship game slip through its fingers Sunday, but the Tar Heels didn’t have time to sulk at the Greensboro Coliseum. They had the next step in mind.
The team rushed back to Chapel Hill following the 87-77 loss and made it to coach Roy Williams’ house in time to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show, during which it learned of UNC’s No. 8 seed in the South region.
“I don’t mind telling you, I was stunned,” Williams said about his reaction Tuesday. “When I saw the North Carolina in the number eight, I was stunned. Then it took me a couple seconds to say, ‘Hey, that’s us. That’s not somebody else, that’s us.’”
The seed, which is tied for North Carolina’s lowest ever, means the Tar Heels (24-10) will open tournament play Friday in Kansas City, Mo., against ninth-seeded Villanova (20-13).
Should North Carolina get past the Wildcats, it will likely play top-seeded Kansas, a team Williams coached for 15 years before taking the job at his alma mater. That game would be played 40 miles from the Jayhawks’ home turf.