North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he was "confused" by NCAA tournament selection show. ROBERT WILLETT
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina coach Roy Williams was “stunned” when he learned that the Tar Heels would be a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament, he said on Tuesday. UNC, the eighth seed in the South Region, will play against No. 9 Villanova on Friday in Kansas City.
The winner likely gets to play Kansas, the region’s top seed, on Sunday. Williams coached at Kansas for 15 seasons before returning to his alma mater in 2003.
I have a full story coming about Williams’ comments, but here he is, in his own words, about UNC’s seeding:
-on his reaction to UNC’s seed:
“I don’t mind telling you, I was stunned. I saw North Carolina in the number eight, I was stunned. And so then it took me a couple seconds, ‘Hey, that’s us. It’s not somebody else, that’s us.’
“And so then everyone clapped. You know, and North Carolina is never going to have one of those tremendous celebrations because we expect to be there. Those tremendous celebrations come from teams who don’t think they’re going to make it, and make it, or haven’t been there very often and now they make it kind of thing.”
-on where he thought UNC would be seeded:
“I said in the release, I was disappointed for our league. Two twos and two eights. I didn’t think that was good for our league, I didn’t think it was necessarily fair for our league. But you’ve heard me say this a hundred times – it’s what it is and we’ve got to go play.”
-on seeing Kansas in the same pod as UNC:
“It’s the same kind of thing. You say, ‘Wow.’ But I’m thinking about Villanova. I really am. It was a surprise, being No. 8, and it was a little surprise going to play in Kansas City, if we win one game. But if you start thinking about playing Kansas in Kansas City, you forget about the biggest duty, and that’s to win a game to even get there.”