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Watch: North Carolina runs Four Corners offense in honor of Dean Smith

2/21/2015
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UNC Honors Dean Smith With Four Corners Offense

UNC's Brice Johnson lays one in off of a designed "Four Corners" offense that former UNC coach Dean Smith made famous.

In its first game back at the Dean Smith Center since the death of its legendary former coach, North Carolina honored the namesake of the arena in the coolest way possible.

The Four Corners offense -- in which four players stand in the corners of the half court and stall while the point guard dribbles the ball in the middle -- wasn't invented by Dean Smith, but he was the most famous to use it.

It was often referred to as "Ford Corners" when Phil Ford was the Tar Heels' star in the 1970s, and its most effective use might have been when UNC beat Ralph Sampson's Virginia 47-45 in the 1982 ACC tournament final.

This was, of course, before the shot clock was introduced to college basketball in 1985. The Four Corners stalling tactics are useless these days, but they did make one glorious return Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill.

After a moment of silence, Carolina head coach Roy Williams held up four fingers and had his players (while wearing throwback jerseys) run the long-forgotten play on the team's first possession against Georgia Tech -- the Heels' first home game since the loss of the Four Corners' most successful coach. And you guessed it ... it worked.