UNC head coach Hubert Davis was brought to tears after North Carolina punched its ticket to the Final Four with a blowout victory over Saint Peter’s in the Elite Eight.
In Hubert Davis’ first year at the helm of the North Carolina basketball program, he has UNC heading to the Final Four.
Despite being the No. 8 seed, the Tar Heels outlasted everyone in the East Regional Final. North Carolina had no issues crushing this year’s Cinderella by dominating the No. 15 Saint Peter’s Peacocks from pretty much opening tipoff. The UNC alum faced immense pressure taking over the North Carolina program for the iconic Roy Williams. Naturally, Davis was overcome with emotion.
Of all the head coaches to lead his team to the Final Four, Davis saved the best reaction for last.
“I just desperately wanted this for them. I love these guys so much.”
UNC basketball head coach Hubert Davis gets emotional over Final Four
Getting to the Final Four is always special, but nothing is quite like doing it for the first time. Not only did Davis do just that at his alma mater, but he did so in his first season taking over for a college basketball legend and his mentor in Williams. There was a time late in the regular season where it did not look like North Carolina was going to make the tournament, but look at them now.
Fate would have it, North Carolina will take on arch rival Duke in the Final Four on Saturday night. The Tar Heels spoiled Mike Krzyzewski’s final home game in Durham at regular season’s end. Duke won the earlier game on the year in Chapel Hill. With this being Coach K’s last Final Four before he calls it a career, this will be the most anticipated national semifinals game in tournament history.
Whoever wins on Saturday night will face the winner of the other national semifinals matchup between two college basketball blue-bloods in the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks and the No. 2 Villanova Wildcats. Outside of Davis, obviously, the three other head coaches have all won national titles at their current school. Kansas has the longest active title drought of the three, dating back to 2008.
Just imagine how emotional Davis would be if he sends Coach K off into retirement next weekend.
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