But that took a backseat to the big picture implication of the game. With the Tar Heels victory, coach Roy Williams earned his 800th career win -- joining Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Rollie Massimino and Bob Huggins as the only active coaches to achieve the feat.
"For me the best news is I'm not dying," Williams said lightheartedly in a ceremony after the game. "We're going to coach a few more."
Roy: "For me, the best news is that I'm not dying" pic.twitter.com/jriNdZdyAv— Tar Heel Blog (@tarheelblog) January 17, 2017
800 wins is an impressive achievement in itself, but the pace in which he did it makes it even more enviable. Williams needed just 1,012 games (a winning percentage of .790), and became the second fastest to reach the mark. Only Adolph Rupp reached 800 faster in a span of 972 games.
"It was never a dream of mine to win 800 games," Williams said in the ceremony. "But it was a dream of mine to coach guys like this."
If Monday's game is any indication of how good this team will be in ACC play and beyond, Williams could (and likely will) surpass Eddie Sutton on the all-time wins list, who finished his career at Oklahoma State with 806. He is 76 away from surpassing Rupp (876) and 79 away from passing legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith (879).