North Carolina

North Carolina, Roy Williams have what it takes to make a run

There was more good news for North Carolina as a No. 1 seed than merely being as far away as possible from Kansas in the bracket. When one of Roy Williams’ North Carolina teams has earned a spot atop a regional, the results have been spectacular.

As a No. 1 seed under Williams, North Carolina is 22-3 with two national championships and another trip to the Final Four. The Tar Heels have never lost before a regional final – and those numbers would almost certainly be even more impressive had the Tar Heels been healthier when they faced Kansas in 2012.

Throw in the 2007 Elite Eight overtime loss to Georgetown, and North Carolina has either been in the Final Four or the finest of margins away from it as a top seed under Williams.

The flipside? In Williams’ other six NCAA tournaments in Chapel Hill, when the Tar Heels have been seeded second, third, fourth, sixth, sixth and eighth, North Carolina has only made it to the second weekend twice and never to the Final Four, going 9-6.

When Williams has the horses to capture a No. 1 seed, he excels at getting the most out of them in March. When he’s fixing leaks and patching holes, it doesn’t play to his strengths as a coach. Based on the Tar Heels’ play over the past two weeks, Williams has all the ammunition he needs to make a run – and the No. 1 seed to go with it.

Luke DeCock

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