Well, Ol’ Roy done got himself career win No. 700 in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament as his 8th seeded North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the no. 9 seeded Wildcats of Villanova 78-71 in Kansas City. The win puts Roy Williams one step closer to another match up with his former school, Kansas, provided the No. 1 seeded Jayhawks go on to handle the 16 seed Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
The Tar Heels who, like Kentucky, saw a mass exodus of talent depart from the roster from the 2012 team, played just well enough to win, showing why Williams went to a smaller, more mobile unit during the middle of the season. Unlike Kentucky, North Carolina was able to put a game plan together, forge an identity around a faster paced style of play and actually make the NCAA tournament. And now that they young Heels have won a game, that can set their sights on moving forward and giving their head coach another shot at his former Jayhawks.
North Carolina led by as much as 20 in the first half and watched as the Wildcats scrambled to get back into the game, narrowing the lead to 37-29 at the half. And the Wildcats wouldn’t go away in the second half either, actually outscoring the Tar Heels 42-41 in the second frame. The difference was three point shooting. UNC shot 11-21 (52.4%)from deep; Villanova was a frigid 4-21 (19%). And even if you outrebound your opponents, as Villanova did 35-23, you’re just not going to win many games, especially in the NCAA Tournament.