North Carolina is heading to yet another Final Four after beating Notre Dame 88-74 on Sunday night. As it turns out, however, keeping the Irish at arm’s length was the easy part for Tar Heels coach Roy Williams. Cutting down the net? Much, much harder.
While taking a piece of the net during the customary post-game celebration, Williams lost his balance on the ladder and sliced his hand on the scissors used to cut the net.
“So, today I was up there cutting the net and I started to take a step back and felt the ladder moved a little bit, and I grabbed, and when I grabbed, I grabbed the end of the scissors, started bleeding. I’ve really got very good looking blood. It’s very bright, very deep colors,” Williams said.
The end result was a decent sized gash across Williams’ left hand. Suddenly, a bad knee isn’t all Williams has to deal with:
“He should be used to cutting nets,” Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige added. “That’s something he’s done several times in his career. But a couple of games ago, he was bleeding, as well. He came in the huddle and he was, like, ‘Guys I’ll bleed for you guys if you keep playing the way you’re playing.’ … It might be good luck. We’ll get him patched up, see if he starts bleeding again.”
North Carolina is the only No. 1 seed remaining after Kansas, Oregon and Virginia were knocked out in the Elite 8. The Tar Heels will face suddenly red-hot Syracuse, a 10-seed, in the Final Four.