Yesterday, the video containing the Tar Heels’ 2017-2018 season highlights was uploaded to YouTube.
The 15-minute montage takes us back through another fun and incredible Carolina basketball season. If you still have a sour taste in your mouth because of the way things ended, I recommend giving this video a view, as it’s a strong reminder of how entertaining and enjoyable this team was to watch all year long.
Additionally, it wouldn’t have been a UNC basketball season without some remarkable milestones.
Just two games in, against Bucknell, Roy Williams notched his 400th career victory at Carolina, making him the first coach ever to win 400 games at two different schools. It was a reminder as to how lucky Tar Heel nation is to have a head coach with both an unbelievable success rate and an undying love and passion for his alma mater. Williams is already one of the best to ever do it, but it’s his unselfishness and devotion to his players that makes the Carolina family so special.
Unfortunately, not all of this season’s notable events were good ones. Right as UNC was about to take on Syracuse in its ACC tournament opener, news broke that longtime voice of Carolina athletics and Tar Heel legend Woody Durham had passed away. Durham, who called Carolina basketball and football games for 40 years, was and still is a household name in Chapel Hill. In his honor, the Tar Heels had “Woody” printed on the back of their warm-up shirts.
Two days and two games later, the Heels found themselves in a third matchup with Duke. Despite past struggles with the Blue Devils in the ACC tournament, Carolina jumped out to a 16-point second half lead, and held off a late Duke run to secure its second win over the Blue Devils. This marked the first time since 1998 that UNC beat Duke in the conference tournament and the first time since 2009 that they won the season series over Duke.
The video appropriately concludes with a tribute to seniors Joel Berry and Theo Pinson. Their stellar on-court play and hilarious antics off the court are exactly what make videos like these so much fun to watch and reminisce on. It was neat to look back on the progressions of these two during their time wearing the Carolina blue and, of course, the unbelievable championship ride last season. Their contributions to the program over the past four years cannot be overstated. Joel and Theo will not soon be forgotten, and neither will the 2017-2018 Tar Heels.