On the eve of a home matchup against rival N.C. State, North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams is relying on perspective to maintain the team's energy in the midst of a tumultuous 10-17 campaign.
With UNC currently on a seven-game losing streak, Tuesday’s game will provide an opportunity for the Tar Heels to face one of only three ACC teams the Tar Heels have beaten so far this season. Williams said the current losing streak will do nothing to change his on-court energy level.
“If I don’t try to give them the best that I absolutely have, I would walk off,” Williams said. “For me, what I’ve learned is that I’m stubborn.”
Although it may be hard to remember when thinking of the last decade of UNC basketball — one in which the team won a national championship, five regular season ACC Championships and made the NCAA tournament nine times — the 2009-10 team saw similar struggles to this year’s group. Williams noted that his drive to keep playing was the same a decade ago when the team was struggling.
“The players didn’t want to go, my wife didn’t want me to go, but I said we’re going to go,” Williams said when asked about the team's 2010 NIT appearance.