From the time his first team at Owen High finished 2-19 until last year's squad at North Carolina cut down the nets as college basketball's national champion, Roy Williams has preached the same fundamentals about playing hard, knowing your role and doing the little things that can mean the difference in winning or losing. Lessons about believing in yourself and in the system learned at the knee of coaching legend Dean Smith were also in evidence this season when Williams recovered from losing his top seven players and still maintained the high level of roundball expected in Chapel Hill.
UNC's Williams named ACC Coach of Year
The Asheville Citizen-Times
If you show up at the Greensboro Coliseum today to watch the teams practice for the ACC Tournament, don't expect to see second-seeded North Carolina.
Coach Roy Williams has opted to keep his team in Chapel Hill rather than make the two-hour round trip. The Tar Heels have a first-round bye and don't play until Friday.
"I struggle with it, because we're so hypocritical," Williams said Tuesday. "We talk about class, class, class, class, class, and then we set times so you get up there and you miss a whole day of class. And then, we do the same thing during the NCAA Tournament. We talk about, 'Well, we've got to have higher graduation rates,' and then we make teams go a day early to shoot in front of the public.
"... If it's important to graduate players and it's important to have them in class, why in the dickens isn't it important to have them in class the day before the ACC Tournament, the day before the first and second rounds, and the day before the regionals? So I've never liked that."
Heels focus on homework
The News and Observer
If you want a symbol of why North Carolina went 12-4 in the ACC this season and has defied all expectations entering this week's conference tournament, you can't do any better than Wes Miller.
Miller holds tight to hoop dreams
The Charlotte Observer
North Carolina coach Roy Williams downplayed the significance of an incident when Duke's Sean Dockery knocked down center Tyler Hansbrough after the whistle during the closing seconds of the Tar Heels' win Saturday.
"It was a drop in the ocean as far as I was concerned," Williams said Tuesday.
UNC coach dismisses Dockery incident
The Charlotte Observer
Frasor will learn how big a deal the ACC Tournament is on Friday at 7 p.m. when North Carolina will play a quarterfinal game. Frasor has never been to an ACC Tournament. Neither have the team's other three freshmen in the rotation, Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green and Marcus Ginyard.
Wide-Eyed: Tar Heels' freshmen ready for show
The Winston-Salem Journal
Roy Williams is in no hurry to get to Greensboro. But once he arrives, the North Carolina coach won't be in a rush to leave, contrary to criticism he's heard in the past about not placing adequate emphasis on conference tournaments"
Recent hot spell has Heels rarin' for Greensboro
The Greensboro News and Record
North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Marcus Ginyard is as advanced defensively as any freshman he has coached. Point guard Bobby Frasor said Ginyard is the best defensive player on the team.
But until a few days ago, Ginyard hadn't earned a single defensive player of the game award for the Tar Heels this season.
Ginyard's defense earns praise after win over Duke
The Durham Herald-Sun