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Best of Midnight Madness: North Carolina fans give Roy Williams heartwarming ovation

Jeff Eisenberg
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Roy Williams waves to the crowd during "Late Night with Roy" (AP)

Midnight Madness produces some memorable moments each year, so The Dagger is chronicling the best ones from Friday's lineup all weekend. If you spot something we missed, let us know here or here.

Amidst the over-the-top dunks, outlandish dance steps and blaring pop music, Midnight Madness actually featured a rare heartwarming moment. North Carolina fans chanted "Roy! Roy! Roy!" and gave an extended standing ovation when coach Roy Williams returned to the court weeks after a health scare in which he had a tumor removed from his right kidney. Williams acknowledged the applause with a wave and tried in vain to hold back his emotions. In addition to Williams, two other Tar Heels received a warm welcome back. Guards Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald chose to be introduced together since both are returning from ACL tears.

More from Best of Midnight Madness Series:

• Wagner forward leaps over his mom and dad for dunk
• Kentucky transforms Rupp Arena floor into a projector screen
• D.J. Byrd pulls one over on unsuspecting Purdue crowd
• Jamie Dixon's 'Jackie Moon' costume wins the night
• Brittney Griner does a near-360 jam in Baylor's dunk contest
• Missouri's Keion Bell leaps over six people for a dunk
• Tom Izzo wows Michigan State crowd with 'Iron Man' entrance
• North Carolina freshmen don ballet slippers and tutus
• Kentucky women's coach channels MC Hammer

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