North Carolina won a national championship a little more than eight months ago in large part because of its poise and composure, and its ability to not only withstand the most pressurized, chaotic late-game situations, but also to thrive in them.

Again and again, those characteristics served the Tar Heels well throughout last March, and early April. And they did so again on Sunday, when UNC, which trailed throughout against Tennessee, found a way in the final minute and prevailed with a 78-73 victory.

The victory was UNC’s fifth under coach Roy Williams amid these kinds of conditions: on the road, in a non-conference game, against a top-20 opponent. The seventh-ranked Tar Heels (9-1) hadn’t won a game like that since 2013 at Michigan State. And they wouldn’t have won on Sunday if not for their finish.

Source: News & Observer