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Roy Williams doesn’t blame refs for loss (VIDEO)

Iowa State v North Carolina

Iowa State v North Carolina

Ronald Martinez

North Carolina had one of the weirdest exits from the NCAA tournament that I’ve ever seen.

After DeAndre Kane made an impressive, driving layup with 1.6 seconds left, North Carolina inbounded the ball to Nate Britt, who went sprinting up the floor and ... tried to call timeout on the other side of half court?

It made sense to him, because despite the fact that he had taken two dribbles and ran a good 50 feet, there was still time left on the clock because the clock operator had delayed the start.

So after a lengthy review at the monitor, the game was deemed over. The Tar Heels would not get a chance to tie or take the lead after all, and it was largely due to a clock malfunction and the fact that none of the officials looked at Roy Williams when he was trying to call a timeout.

But credit Roy: he’s a bigger man than I am. He took the loss like a pro, without blaming anyone.

I would have thrown four or five hissy-fits.