“This year we played North Carolina at our place and it was one of the greatest games I’ve ever been involved in. Because we won. But it was a game where we were probably like a 12-point underdog or something like that, and one of the things I do as a coach is it starts at about 12 o’clock, you start getting nervous for an 8 o’clock game, and coaches are control freaks for the most part, so you’d like to have another practice, but you can’t because it’s the day of a game. And I’m sitting in my office, and I’m just trying to find a way to make myself believe that we were going to win the game, because if I don’t believe it there’s no way I can walk in the locker room and tell the players, ‘This is how we’re going to win.’ So I’ve always been able to do that, walk into a locker room regardless of the situation and feel that we can win this game. And Carolina was ranked number one or two in the country when we played them and with about 10 minutes left we were down 15 and I’m thinking, ‘This is going to be tough.’ But we had some great people on the court.”
After this game Coach Roy Williams admitted he had been thoroughly outcoached by the Maestro.