UNC Head Coach Roy Williams Has Faced Heartbreak before in NCAA Tournament
As we watched the exciting end of last night's NCAA National Championship game between North Carolina and Villanova, it appeared that the Tar Heels were poised to force overtime after an incredible three point shot by Marcus Paige with just under five seconds left to play. However, the Wildcats executed a perfectly designed full court play with Kris Jenkins drilling a three as time expired. Villanova won their second National Championship, after a 31 year drought since Rollie Massimino guided the Cats to their first title.
The loss to Villanova was Williams' third in five NCAA title games. The longtime head coach was gracious in defeat, but many El Pasoans still remember a much younger Roy Williams coaching top seeded Kansas on March 22nd 1992. On that date his Jayhawks ran into a buzzsaw and were bounced from the second round of the NCAA tournament by a #9 seed. That upset win was pulled off by Don Haskins and his UTEP Miners. Although the original television broadcast of their historic 1966 win over Kentucky was not saved after it aired, the 1992 win is available to watch commercial free in its entirety.
Sadly this game represents the last time the Miners won an NCAA Tournament game. Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the win over Kansas and UTEP fans will once again hope that the team can return to the Big Dance and break their winless drought in the NCAA Tournament. I wonder if UTEP will bring the team back next season for the silver anniversary so they can be honored at the Don Haskins Center.