JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams is known for telling his players stories whenever he sees fit, and huddles provide the best stage for the Hall of Fame coach to do so.
With about four minutes left in No. 4 seed UNC's 67-65 win against 13th-seeded Harvard on Thursday night, Williams broke out another one of his famous anecdotes similar to how he did during his team's second round NCAA Tournament game against Providence in 2014.
That time, it was a golf story. This time, it was a basketball story. And it was one that was a little more relevant to the situation.
In the brief moments allowed for an official timeout, Williams recounted his memory of UNC's first game of the NCAA Tournament in 1982. Williams was then an assistant coach under Dean Smith, and the Tar Heels ultimately went on to beat Georgetown, 63-62, in the championship game to win Smith's first national title.
"'Guys, first (game) in the 1982 when we won the national championship, we blew out James Madison, 52-50,'" senior forward Jackson Simmons says Williams told them.