Hubert Davis just hit balance for UNC’s March Madness run

NEW ORLEANS – Sometimes, even in a place like North Carolina, you nail your hair. Hubert Davis chases history on Monday night against Kansas, looking to be the first rookie coach to win a national championship.

Duke can only hope and pray that passing Coach K’s stick to Jon Scheyer will be as seamless as passing Roy Williams’ stick to Hubert Davis in Chapel Hill.

Davis reminds him that he was chased by losing 79-73 in the 1991 national semifinals to Kansas, then coached by his mentor Williams, at the Hoosier Dome.

“Before I won the national championship in 2017, from 1991 to 2017, I had seen that game at least once a year,” Davis said. “It’s the best team I’ve ever played. … We were as connected as this team is now connected. And that was a game that Coach [Dean] Smith suffered two technical fouls and was kicked out, and it was an emotional match and an emotional end to a season.

“I always wanted to break those nets as a player.

“And that was the hardest loss I’ve ever experienced in my entire life.”

It was so hard for the old ex-Knick that he told his players he would cry when he saw it. “I told them, I played 12 years in the NBA and that was my best as a basketball player, best moment, just part of the Final Four,” Davis said.

It’s a big reason why his 20-year-old son, Elijah, a 6-foot-4 freshman shooting guard at Lynchburg, sat at the end of the stage during the press conference in North Carolina on Sunday.

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Hubert Davis with is son Micah.
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“I look up and I say to the parents, ‘I’m not your son’s parent, but every decision I make will be filtered by what is in your son’s best interests and what I think you’re doing for your son. would be, ‘said Davis. “And so the same way I take care of my three children is the same way I take care of the players. I just want things to work out for her. And so I would not say, because my oldest son makes it easier for me to relate to her. But I would say that Dad helps me to relate to the players, because that’s the way I coach.

Elijah smiled as his father began referring to Snapchats and Instagrams.

“One of the things this summer that I let the boys do is that they have a requirement to stop by my office at least three times a week,” Davis said. “And so when you stop by my office, you can not talk about basketball. And then in the season, when it’s a little harder with lessons and everything, I say you have to come to the office at least once.

“And I always say you can ‘t play for me if you do not know me. And I can not coach you if you do not know me.”

The son knows he’s blessed with a national champion father … suddenly 40 minutes of becoming a national champion coach.

“He makes sure it’s not just about basketball, it’s about life, he teaches her just the way he teaches me,” Elijah told The Post. “There’s not much difference with how he deals with them, he deals with me.”

There was a lunch she shared at Lynchburg when father was slumping and son was pining for playing time. They infused each other with faith.

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Hubert Davis enjoys a laugh at a press conference.
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“If you fight,” father looked son in the eyes and said, “I will fight.”

Jay Bilas worked alongside Davis at ESPN.

“Hubert Davis may be the nicest person I know, and he’s the best father I’ve ever seen,” Bilas told The Post. “He’s a perfect balance of killer competitor and incredibly kind, thoughtful, empathetic person. He’s a great person, and I’m not at all surprised to know him that he has this level of success so early.”

Do not try to define him as a coach.

“I do not want to be defined at all,” Davis said. “I will do this with my own personality, in my own shoes. And I feel very comfortable being myself.”

For North Carolina, Hubert Davis was the perfect man at the perfect time.

“He’s the perfect man at the perfect moment,” Bilas said, “to replace everyone.”


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