Mar 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams looks down the court against the Villanova Wildcats in the first half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Sprint Center. North Carolina defeated Villanova 78-71. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball: Roy Williams Deserves Credit for Seasons Turnaround

Despite a loss in the third round of the NCAA Tournament I will look back at this season fondly.  North Carolina was extremely overrated to start the season with a top 15 ranking.  They struggled at the beginning of the season and looked like a team that could miss the NCAA Tournament all together.  But maybe the best thing about this season was seeing head coach Roy Williams buck his philosophy and everything he is comfortable with and go with a small lineup.

Roy wasn’t comfortable with the move when he made it and he never did get anymore comfortable but he stuck with it and the Tar Heels were better, much better in fact for it.  I raised the question recently if Andrew Wiggins joins this team will Roy go with small ball yet again?  Something tells me we won’t see a small starting lineup next season either Wiggins goes somewhere else or the Heels  losing another perimeter player.

Did Roy Williams wait too long to insert P.J. Hairston into the starting lineup over Desmond Hubert?  Maybe, but that’s not his only big time adjustment.  After making the switch Roy went to a tighter rotation only Leslie McDonald played significant minutes off the bench.  He went against everything he’s done his entire career, changed course and stuck with it the rest of the season.

One of the biggest criticisms I hear is that Roy is stubborn and stuck in his ways and to some degree I can agree with that at times (take the sometimes frustrating timeout strategy for instance).  I like to think that even the fans that get irate at Roy’s ways throughout the season appreciate him deep down and love what he has done for this University and respect his greatness within the sport.  As one of those people I can’t help but look back at this season and smile, good job Roy.

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