Legendary UNC basketball head coach Roy Williams was in attendance for the Tar Heels’ Sweet 16 upset over UCLA and had a wonderful reaction to the win.
Had the North Carolina Tar Heels been in the Sweet 16 a year ago, it would’ve been Roy Williams on the sideline guiding them. But the UNC basketball legend stepped down after last year and passed the reins to Hubert Davis.
And it was Davis’ team that, despite a pedestrian regular-season performance overall, pulled off an upset over Baylor in the first weekend of March Madness to punch a ticket to the Sweet 16 and make a date with another blue-blood program: the UCLA Bruins.
Naturally — and as he had been for many other games throughout the year — Roy Williams was in attendance in Philadelphia for the Sweet 16 matchup.
Maybe it was the presence of the man whose name sits on the court in Chapel Hill that urged the Tar Heels on to victory, but North Carolina delivered a classic against UCLA. In the end, though, it was a call to Franklin Street on Friday night with the Tar Heels earning a 73-66 win and punching their ticket to the Elite Eight.
Roy Williams overjoyed after UNC basketball upsets UCLA, moves to Elite Eight
While every UNC fan was thrilled to see the victory, it was fitting that the CBS cameras caught the reaction of Roy Williams in the crowd because, well, it was pitch-perfect for the moment.
Pure jubilation. That’s the only way to describe that look.
Down the stretch, the Tar Heels proved that they belonged in the field of 68. However, this is a team that, entering even February, there were legitimate questions about as a bubble team. So to see a talented group finally start to coalesce at the exact right moment in March Madness is something special. Even more special is a potential Final Four matchup against rival Duke still looming.
No matter what happens next, though, Roy Williams is all UNC basketball fans in that he’s just happy the Heels are still dancing.
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