The top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels are coming to town, aiming for their third straight ACC title and 18th overall.
In preparing for the ACC tournament, coach Roy Williams has made one thing clear: he doesn’t want this weekend to hurt his team’s NCAA chances.
So point guard Ty Lawson, newly crowned ACC Player of the Year, might not play due to his jammed big toe.
Williams famously called the ACC tournament a “great cocktail party,” and he didn’t back down from that comment in a teleconference with reporters.
“I don’t care what anybody says — it’s a party to make money,” Williams said. “It’s the granddaddy of all tournaments. I loved it as a fan. I don’t love it as much as a coach with the attention that the other tournament gets and the emphasis that we try to put on it. We’ve won the ACC tournament the last two years in a row, and we didn’t win the NCAA tournament. Now, how do you think our fans feel about what we’ve done?
“I even had one publication last year [ask] if the season was a success or a failure. We go 36-3 and won the regular season and the ACC Tournament. So you tell me how important it is when somebody’s going to say that you’re 36-3 and win those things and then they ask if the season is a success or a failure.”
All major conferences have a postseason tournament now, so no NCAA title contender has extra time off.
Still, what do you think of Williams’ stance?
Now, some links….
ACC Commissioner John Swofford tackles a bunch of topics in this interview with the ACC Sports Journal.
Tigernet.com updates Clemson’s quarterback battle in spring practice.
Safety James Butler — who went undrafted out of Tech in 2004 despite back-to-back first-team All-ACC seasons — will sign a 4-year deal with the Rams that could be worth $17 million.