The surprise isn't that Marvin Williams ended up being the Atlantic Coast Conference's top rookie -- it's that a player of his caliber would even play college ball.
North Carolina's Williams named ACC's top rookie
The Grizzlies and Alabama A&M (18-13) will meet Tuesday night in the play-in game at the University of Dayton after weathering seasons filled with adversity.
Oakland, Alabama A&M in NCAA Play-In Game
Minutes after the Tar Heels' ACC Tournament loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday, Coach Roy Williams already had practice on his mind.
"We've got to go back to Chapel Hill and get back on the practice court and see if we can get better and create a little more cohesiveness on both ends of the floor," he said.
Tar Heels back in action after ACC Tournament loss
In the time it takes you to read this sentence, North Carolina point guard Raymond Felton can take an inbounds pass after an opponent's score and drive the length of the floor for a basket.
Off and running
On the bright side, UNC guard Rashad McCants seemed close to full strength over the weekend after returning from an intestinal disorder that kept him out of four games. In two games in Washington, McCants scored 30 points in 37 minutes.
UNC tries to rebound
The reality is that if North Carolina's Roy Williams wasn't the second-best active coach never to win national championship -- the Tar Heels would have the "team to beat" label heading into this week.
Time for Roy Williams to make the leap
While Williams did earn third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors this season, he will be remembered most as a player who stood by his team through one of the toughest stretches in UNC basketball history.
Digging in his heels for Heels
That unselfishness has led to UNC averaging a nation's-best 88.8 points per game. Also, five players -- May, McCants, Jawad Williams, Felton and Marvin Williams -- average at least 11.2 points per game.
Heels learn to coexist
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