This time 77-76 to Notre Dame on Monday, Roy Williams let out a season of dissatisfaction in his postgame remarks.
North Carolina (10-16, 3-12) blew a noteworthy lead to the Irish and has lost three of its previous four games on a second ago shots. Just because since 2001-02, the Tar Heels will have a losing record entering the ACC competition.
“You got two choices: You can compete your butt off, or you can get in the fetal position and curl up and start crying,” Williams said. “I’m not going to freaking do that. We’re going to f—ing — excuse me, I apologize to everybody — we’re going to freaking compete. That’s what we’re going to do. We play Saturday. You feel sorry for yourself, and you’re going to do that the rest of your freaking life. I apologize. I don’t know what I’m doing right now the way I’m cursing.”
North Carolina drove by 15 with 8:39 staying before it let one more twofold digit lead sneak away. The Tar Heels are 3-5 in games in which they drove by at least 10 focuses in the subsequent half.
The total implosion against Notre Dame occurred in the last 1:26. North Carolina, up four, was required a hostile foul when Armando Bacot set an unlawful screen. Up two with 18.8 seconds remaining, instead of assault the edge, Cole Anthony propelled an air ball, and the Tar Heels couldn’t verify the bounce back.
Notre Dame’s Nate Laszewski then hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds staying to give the Irish the success in what most likely felt like a common bad dream for North Carolina. In the course of recent days, the Tar Heels have endured one appalling misfortune after the following, beginning with Duke on Feb. 8, another game where they blew a major lead and lost on ringer mixers in guideline and additional time.
On Saturday, North Carolina lost to Virginia after Tomas Woldetensae hit a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to give the Cavaliers the success.
North Carolina is 1-6 in games chose by three or less this season, and that is tied for the most such misfortunes in Division they this season.
The Tar Heels have lost six straight, their longest losing streak since 2001-02. They play No. 11 Louisville on Saturday.
“You’ve got to be all-in, or you’ve got to leave,” Williams said. “Come on. It’s not the easiest thing in the world, but you’ve still got to compete. It’s frustrating, it makes you angry, and every little mistake you wonder why, but the bottom line is we’re going to play a game on Saturday and see what happens.”
On the off chance that anybody can identify with Williams’ dissatisfaction this season, it’s Notre Dame ladies’ b-ball mentor Muffet McGraw, who is additionally experiencing an uncommon losing season.
Williams called McGraw a month ago to sympathize, and on Monday, McGraw posted on Twitter a photograph of both of them that turned into a web sensation.
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