CHAPEL HILL — Roy Williams has made a habit of spitting in the Mississippi River for luck during the NCAA tournament -- he did it in 1982 as an assistant coach, when the Tar Heels won the national championship in New Orleans, and again in 2005, when he led UNC to his first national title as a head coach in St. Louis.
So will he do it this week, when North Carolina plays the Sweet 16 in Memphis?
"I'll have to look back on it and see if I've been successful,'' he said. "St Louis -- that one worked pretty good. Yeah, probably."
His real conundrum is whether to add a new superstition — and throw of the dice — to the mix.
"I'm just trying to think if I should go shoot craps,'' he said. "I shot craps in Detroit [earlier this season], and we played pretty well against Michigan State. Shot craps in Reno and we won. And Tunica's 30 miles south of Memphis, so I've got to decide that. Somebody will say, 'Oh, you shouldn't be doing that.' But I don't sleep anyways, so I might as well do something."