BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Roy Williams was mostly focused on his North Carolina team after getting beat by UAB and coach Jerod Haase.
Williams watched his 16th-ranked Tar Heels get outrebounded badly, struggle from the perimeter and fall 63-59 to the Blazers on Sunday. That was enough to occupy his mind, but not to wipe out the pride he felt for his protege.
"It was hard at the end of the game, and it was hard for me," said Williams, Haase's former coach and boss. "I love my team. I told them before the game, right now I love my team more than I love him, but right now I've got to feel some pride in what he's doing, and I've got to feel some sadness for what we're doing and what we did today."