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Video of North Carolina’s locker room celebration after upsetting Michigan State

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

When North Carolina upset defending national champion Louisville two weeks ago in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off title game, coach Roy Williams has admitted he celebrated with a dance in the post-game locker room.

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No video of Williams' shimmy has surfaced unfortunately, but was prescient enough to place cameras in the North Carolina locker room on Wednesday night in case the venerable coach did it again after his team toppled No. 1 Michigan State.

What the cameras caught was a swaggering Williams strutting into the locker room and a jubilant North Carolina team dancing, hollering and fist pumping along with him. The cameras were also present when a throng of giddy North Carolina fans greeted the Tar Heels bus upon their return to Chapel Hill at 3 a.m.

It may seem strange for a program of North Carolina's pedigree to celebrate a regular season victory so vociferously, but the enthusiasm of the Tar Heels players, coaches and fans represents the significance of the win.

Many discounted the Louisville upset as a fluke considering how listless North Carolina looked in losses to Belmont and UAB. Questions arose about whether the Tar Heels could be an elite team if P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald don't return to provide additional firepower from the wing.

Those questions are still valid, but this much is clear about college basketball's most schizophrenic team: At its worst, North Carolina is vulnerable this season, but at their best, the Tar Heels can still beat anyone in the nation.

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