The Ultimate Tribute to an Ultimate Legend

After the passing away of legendary Tar Heel coach Dean Smith a few days back, we expected a tribute of some kind in the Dean Dome. Little did we know it wouldn’t come in a moment of silence but instead a moment that will go down in history. The Tar Heels ran the famed set that Smith ran titled “Four Corners”.

The play-call came early in the first half of a match-up against unranked Georgia Tech. After an inbound, coach Roy Williams held four fingers in the air, signalling that it was time to run a tribute.

Forward Justin Jackson proceeded to pass the ball to Marcus Paige. After the pass, the team would proceed to put 4 players at the 4 corners of the half-court and run a play where Brice Johnson would run backdoor and receive a pass and lay it in. He did exactly that, giving North Carolina the first points of the match-up.

The Tar Heels ended up winning the game, 89-60, giving the Heels their 19th win on the year. It was the first game back at the Dean E. Smith Dome since the death of Dean Smith.

Dean Smith ended up leading UNC to 2 national championships and has been known as a coaching innovator. He passed away on February 7th at his Chapel Hill home with his wife and 5 children.

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