Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Kentucky


One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with  what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accesory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

The Heels did not pull out the win today in the hostile Lexington gymnasium, but, like always, UNC looked better than their opponent.

Roy again went without the tie because of the sling. I was a little disappointed that he didn’t come out with a strong shirt like he did against Michigan State, but Coach McGrath and Robinson picked up the slack.

Something I did not pick up on from last game which Roy may or may not have done is worn a jacket in the pre-game. The only reason I think Roy may not have worn one last game would be because his shirt was definitely a stand-alone. Nice to see the return of the pocket square.

Also, it’s hard to see in the pic above, but Roy’s sling is the Donjoy Ultrasling III. Do I hear endorsement deal?

Here’s this years stats:

Game 1: Florida International, W 88-72 – Small paisley in aqua and dark blue with pocket square

Game 2: North Carolina Central, W 89-42 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue and gold with pocket square

Game 3: Valparaiso, W 88-77 – Large paisley-ish in gold, navy, brown and Carolina with pocket square

Game 4: Ohio State, W 77-73 – Diagonal white stripes over light blue back with pocket square

Game 5: Syracuse, L 87-71 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue with pocket square

Game 6: Gardner-Webb, W 93-72 – Blue and white dotted with pocket square

Game 7: Nevada, W 80-73 – Carolina blue and white diagonal stripes with no jacket or pocket square, removed tie in first half, black arm sling

Game 8: Michigan State, W 89-82 – No tie, Carolina blue plaid shirt with no jacket or pocket square, black arm sling, AIDs ribbon

Game 9: Kentucky, L 68-66 – No tie, white shirt with no jacket, pre-game pinstriped jacket with pocket square, black arm sling

[Some photos by N&O’s Robert Willett]

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