Mar 21, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams addresses the media during practice the day before the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Athlon Sports Ranks UNC’s Roy Williams 7th Top Coach for 2013


The 2013 college basketball season is just around the corner and all kinds of pre-season hype articles, videos, and other media is hitting the internet. Yesterday, Athlon Sports released their “Top 50 Coaches for 2013-14″ rankings. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo finds himself on top of the rankings, but where did Roy Williams land.

David Fox ranks North Carolina’s Roy Williams at No. 7 on his list for the 2013-2014 season. Williams heads into another season with an overall record of 700-180; 282-79 record at UNC and 117-45 records in the ACC.

Despite his stellar record, Roy Williams gets knocked for a few things: His teams crumble in the NCAA Tournament, and his teams don’t play defense. To those, we have two retorts. Williams has a better NCAA Tournament record at North Carolina (28-7) than he had at Kansas (34-14), a difference of nearly 10 percent and two national titles. And in 10 seasons under Williams, North Carolina has ranked in the top 25 nationally in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive efficiency rankings eight times.

Since the 2009 team, it has seemed that defensive issues have highlighted Williams’ troubles at North Carolina. He’s recruited smaller players, and has had a hard time finding the size. Now he has two big centers in Kennedy Meeks and Joel James with tall forwards in James Michael McAdoo and Brice Johnson. 2013 will be a challenging season for the Tar Heels, who have a tough schedule, but how they handle all the adversity from the summer into the new season will be interesting to watch for sure!

H/T: Athlon Sports

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