With an away matchup against Duke looming, North Carolina men’s basketball head coach Roy Williams is not lingering on the mistakes UNC made on its way to a buzzer-beater overtime loss against its rival back in February.
“After the game, the next day I said, ‘Guys, they made plays,’” Williams said. “We had some opportunities to make those plays not be as big as they were, but we didn’t do it.”
While Williams admitted that a loss against the Blue Devils always stings, he said North Carolina wouldn't fall victim to sulking over the blown lead from the last meeting while preparing for Saturday’s rematch in Durham.
Duke trailed most of the game against the Tar Heels in the Smith Center, but a heroic effort from Tre Jones and an acrobatic tip from Wendell Moore at the buzzer sealed the game. Jones finished with a conference season-high 28 points in 42 minutes, and his intentionally missed free throw with seconds left allowed him to sink a game-tying shot at the end of regulation.
“Tre was phenomenal down the stretch, and we couldn’t stop him, he made every shot,” Williams said. “We could say all the things people say, ‘Oh, lucky.' It ain’t luck. I’ve never won a game on luck, and I’ve never lost a game on luck. They made plays, and we didn’t.”