Posted: 1:02 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013
North Carolina has an odd and not entirely enviable record in the ACC Tournament under Roy Williams.
Just completing his 10th season as the Tar Heels’ coach, Williams impressively has taken half of his teams to the tournament finals. That includes this year’s squad, which lost to Miami, 87-77.
Over the course of the ACC’s 60 seasons, UNC reached the finals 32 times, more than any other program. The Heels won 17 titles, second only to Duke’s 19. But Williams has won only twice in his decade at Chapel Hill.
Included is the dubious distinction of becoming only the second coach, after Maryland’s Lefty Driesell from 1972 through 1974, to lose three consecutive ACC Tournament finals.
Williams’ teams won NCAA titles in 2005 and 2009, and ACC titles in 2007 and 2008. Note that none of those dates overlap. In the years UNC won its national championships, it was eliminated in the semifinals each time by a team that went on to lose to Duke in the finals.
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