Roy Talks 1982

ACC Now has audio of Roy discussing what he was thinking/feeling during the final 32 seconds of the UNC victory of Georgetown in the 1982 NCAA Championship.  The striking thing about his story is the detail he remembers from that proving that (1) he is just a freaking brillant guy when it comes to basketball and (2) he has a great memory.  Here is a transcript from Inside Carolina.

I tell you a funny story, I’ve told you many, many times. It’s not funny, it’s amazing. I think it was 32 seconds to play. We called a time-out. The guys coming over to our bench, the look on their face shocked me no end. There was never one time that season that I didn’t we were the best team ever. There was never one team that season I didn’t think we were going to win the whole ball of wax. There was not one time during the Final Four that I had he ever thought about that we could possibly lose. When those guys came over to the bench, the look on their face just shocked me because I saw a negative look. We kneeled down in front of the bench like coaches do, and Coach Smith said, ‘we’re in great shape.’ He said, ‘I’d much rather be in our shoes than theirs.’ We are exactly where we want to be.

I don’t mind telling you, I believed everything the man says, but this is gospel now. I sort of turned my head a little bit and pretended I was coughing because I wanted to sneak a peek at the clock because I thought we were 1 down. The way Coach Smith is talking, he’s talking like we’re in great shape. I didn’t necessarily feel that way. So I was pretending I was coughing, and looked, it said ‘Georgetown 62, North Carolina 61.’ Coach just continued on. He said, this is exactly where we want to be. We want to determine the outcome of this game. We’re in great shape. We’re gonna run lineup, I don’t think they’ll be pressing. We’ll get it in. Run two game, look for the lob, they’ll probably cover that. So if we don’t have that, just penetrate and we’ll go on the back side. If we get the shot, we’ll go ahead and take the shot. Sam, you continue, when you go for the lob, you continue and you get weak side board coverage. James, you’ll have the middle board coverage. Even if we miss the shot, we’ll get the rebound. And we’ll put it back in there. And even if something weird happens and they happen to get the rebound, we’ll foul them and there’s no way they’re gonna make a free throw in this situation.

I felt a lot better, you know. In the face, every one of our players, the look on their face was so much different. The guys were leaving the huddle. Coach patted Michael on the back, said if you get the shot, knock it in. So right there is when it happened, we ran 2, we looked for the lob, they covered it, Sam kept going, he got weak side. We penetrated the ball through to Michael. Sam was on the weak side board coverage, James had the middle board coverage. Michael knocked it in. The Lord told Freddy to throw it to James, so that was it. That’s all I can say.

8 Responses to Roy Talks 1982

  1. williamodouglas says:

    Take a look at the Illinois game from 2005 team and how well he applied those lessons. That game was essentially a road game and the Heels had several chances to implode, but did not and Roy didn’t seem nervous either, even though like Smith, he had already lost multiple times in the finals.

  2. Josh Bowling says:

    That is a great article. I wish I could apply that same confidence they have displayed.

  3. Josh Bowling says:

    I have a question THF. Why has J. Bilas gone with Georgetown when prior to the Duke game he said he thought the Tar Heels would win the National Championship due to their depth? He said that multiple times up until the last Carolina home game.

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:

    His preseason pick was UNC to the Final Four and UNC to win the title.

    Of note in that article is that Pat Forde is halfway home. He picked OSU and UCLA along with FL and UNC.

    I can only assume these guys change up their picks based on the way the tournament goes. I heard Seth Davis, who I blasted at the start of the tournament for writing UNC off and picking Texas then G’town, say he thought UNC would make it four #1s in Atlanta. Obviously the four #1s is not going to happen but he changed up his pick.

    Speaking of UCLA…does anyone know why the committee screwed Kansas by putting UCLA in the region where the Bruins would play the regional final in CA? That was a de facto home game for UCLA. Of course I understand that UCLA was the overall #5 seed which means they had to play Kansas as the #4 but that regional setup was almost as good as UNC playing in Greensboro in 1998.

  5. williamodouglas says:

    Every single number 2 seed in the tournament has a campus closer to the regional final than the number 1 seed in the same region. I don’t know if that is on purpose, but that is how it worked out.

  6. Tar Heel Fan says:

    UCLA getting to play in CA for all four of their games was a good deal for them. Like I said, they were the #5 and Kansas was the #4 which is basically a very thin line.

  7. 52BigGameJames says:

    Bruins/Gators will be an absolute war–I think it sets us up quite nicely if the cards fall right!

  8. williamodouglas says:

    THF, maybe that was why the committee did that. Perhaps, it was almost a toss-up between KU and UCLA, so KU got the top seed and the easier route to the regional final, while UCLA got the 2nd seed but got to play closer to home. San Jose is still six or 7 hours from LA, while Kansas isn’t close to anything, lol.

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