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#pounditSunday, December 5, 2021

Roy Williams took UNC’s embarrassing home loss to Clemson really hard

Roy Williams

North Carolina blew a big lead late and lost to Clemson at home on Saturday for the first time in program history. Nobody took the loss harder than Roy Williams.

Williams blamed himself for the loss and was incredibly hard on himself after the game.

“I’d say that right now that this is my lowest (moment). Losing this game was my fault,” he said.

Williams called the loss his biggest regret of his coaching career.

North Carolina was up 68-58 with 2:08 left, which helps explain why Williams was stunned and taking the defeat so hard. One of his biggest mistakes was not telling his players to foul in the final 10 seconds with his team up 70-67. Instead, they let Clemson’s Aamir Simms take and make a 3-pointer to tie the game and send it to overtime, where the Tar Heels lost 79-76.

North Carolina is now 8-8 and 1-4 in conference play this season. This is the worst team Carolina has had in Williams’ entire tenure and their worst seasons since Matt Doherty’s 2001-2002 (8-20) and 2002-2003 (19-16) squads.

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