UNC-NCSU: Roy Williams Postgame

Inside Carolina
Posted Feb 23, 2013

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes video and transcript excerpts of head coach Roy Williams's postgame press conference following UNC's victory over N.C. State on Saturday.

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Opening Comments -
"I'm really proud of my team. Came out and there were a couple of moments in the second half where we scored the first two baskets and we got a little fat and happy and started doing things we shouldn't be doing. All of a sudden we got down four and they kept competing. Reggie Bullock had 13 rebounds, four offensive rebounds and two of them were on free throws. That's just a sense of urgency about how to play the game. And I loved that. Marcus Paige made some big baskets for us in the second half. He had eight assists and zero turnovers, particularly after he played so poorly over in Raleigh. He knew that and I didn't say a word to him about it. He's just a tough little nut and I think he is going to be a big time player for us. There were a lot of guys who did some really good things. Leslie (McDonald) came in and did stuff for us defensively. Look at Reggie's 3:0 assist (to turnover) ratio, Dexter's (Strickland) 4:1, Marcus 8:0. Those kind of things really helped us. They're a tough team. The rebounding part killed us early in the game and getting back on transition defense wasn't as good. But, in the second half I thought we rebounded better and got back better and made some shots."

You subbed five-for-five there in the second half, what did you see that made you do that?
"I was just ticked off. I thought we were getting lackadaisical and casual with everything we did. We turned it over two out of three possessions. We were fortunate we collected the ball after a bad play. Scott Wood had just made a three on Reggie and he got really hot. Then he went and made two more on J.P. (Tokoto) and everybody is going to criticize J.P. but Scott Wood is pretty doggone good. But I don't think that was a deciding factor in the game. I do think when those guys came back in they had a better sense of purpose, though, that was the thing we really got out of it."

Marcus Paige today, a very different performance from him against Lorenzo Brown after the game in Raleigh ...
"Lorenzo (Brown) is fantastic. He's hard to keep in front of you. He's just really good, but I don't know that he's back to 100 percent from spraining his ankle. My little freshman is a tough little nut. He's getting better and better as we go along. He didn't play particularly well at Georgia Tech the other night, but other than that he's been playing very well recently."

How much more aggressive has your team been of late?
"In the Georgia Tech game we didn't have a sense of urgency. We are just more gifted than they are. That's not a cut or anything towards Georgia Tech or the job that Brian (Gregory) is doing. We didn't have that sense of urgency down there, but yet we had some poise and were able to get it done on the road. But I really like that our guys have played much harder. ... We've been taking better care of the basketball. That hurt us more than anything in Raleigh - turnovers 40 feet from the basket that they turn into fast breaks. I think tonight that we may have taken one or two shots that I didn't want us to take. I think the sense of urgency, the toughness and using our brain a little more, all three were really good for us."

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