UNC-WFU Post-game: Locker Room Report

CHAPEL HILL, NC -- UNC's Jason Capel, Kris Lang, and Jawad Williams talk to the media about the Tar Heels' 84-62 loss to the Demon Deacons.

Jason Capel

I guess Maryland is not the team you want to have to get better against after tonight?

"Maryland is the team you want to get better against. Maryland is a good team. If we beat Maryland, nobody will think about this Wake Forest game. We have to go up there with the mentality that we can beat Maryland."

"If we go out there and play well and execute, we can win, and that has to be our focus right now. We can't feel sorry for ourselves, because we did this to ourselves."

This looked like a physical game. What do you expect from Maryland?

"Maryland is a good team. They are a physical team, but every team we face from here to the end of the season is going to be the same way. Maybe they are a little better, but everybody is going to be physical, and everybody is going to play harder. The ACC is a totally different level, and if we don't step up to that level, we'll get beat every night."

How much did Wake's pressure disrupt what you wanted to do?

"It disrupted us because we let it disrupt us. We didn't attack it. We were back on our heels. We have to be able to get the ball past half-court. We have to make teams pay that try to press us, and we didn't. We were getting the ball past half-court just in the nick of time. We have to get the ball past half-court, and get lay-ups, and get better shots. That's our fault."

What can you say about the rebounding tonight?

"They outrebounded us. They went after it. They went after it offensively, defensively, loose balls, and everything. What happened is they got more rebounds. They were tougher than we were out there today."

What do you think accounted for the team's struggles shooting today after it looked like you were in a rhythm the last few games?

"No clue. We missed shots."

Was it anything they did? Were you tight? Did they cause you to rush shots or be impatient?

"I can only speak for myself. My shots felt comfortable. I can't speak for anybody else."


Kris Lang

How did today's performance affect the team's confidence?

"This is going to be a test for us. It's tough to lose to Wake Forest here at home in the manner we did, but that's were the senior leadership has to come in. We have to keep our heads up. Tomorrow will still come."

How are you physically?

"I'm fine. It's just frustrating to have a nagging strained knee. It's going to come around. I just have to be patient and keep working on it."

What contributed to the stretch where you guys had trouble scoring for about 10 minutes in the second half?

"We just weren't taking care of the ball, and we were rushing shots. That was a big factor. And our shots weren't falling. I don't know what they were, but they couldn't be that good."

Why do you think you all have looked good the past few games and you struggled today offensively?

"That's the game of basketball. Sometimes the ball goes in for you. Some things you can control. We can play defense – get up in them a little more and pressure them. But otherwise, it's just execution and handling and their pressure."

How do you bounce back to face a tough Maryland team?

"How do we? We have to. There is no choice in it. You have to follow the senior leadership. This is where we (the seniors) come into play and keep the young guys' heads up and just go into Maryland knowing it's going to be tough. We will play a great Maryland team, but we have to play hard and give it all we've got."


Jawad Williams

How do you account for the rebounding advantage that they had today?

"We didn't fight. At times, we seemed to lay down, instead of keep fighting like we've been doing, and the score shows."

What does that make you think to have to say something like that?

"I don't want this to happen again. I think we better come out and work harder in practice. We've been working hard in practice, but tonight we took a step back. We've got to get back to where we were and take a step ahead from there."

How do you account for the struggle on offense after it looked like you were clicking the last few games?

"We were tense. We went out and didn't have fun like we usually do, and you could tell. We didn't make good decisions. We took bad shots, instead of, as in the past we made the extra pass and got good shots."

They had nine second-chance points in a brief spurt at the end of the first half that helped them break out to the lead. Is there an explanation for that?

"It's simply our fault if we didn't work as hard as we should have, and they killed us on the boards."

It looked like some of the old habits from early in the season crept up.

"I don't know where that came from. We've been working hard, but tonight the step backwards really hurt us. It just killed us. The beginning of the year came right back out of us, but now we have to move forward. We can't look back."

What was the message from Coach Doherty after the game?

"Just to get better from here. Now we know what it's like to play a big-time ACC team. We can't dwell on this loss. We've got to get ready to go to Maryland."

Does it make you nervous, knowing you have to go up there and play against a team of that caliber?

"No, I'm not nervous at all. If anything, it should motivate us to go up there with people yelling at us and take it as positive motivation. We have to play hard."

How close did you come to signing with Maryland?

"I was two days away from commiting, until Coach Doherty got the job here. Then I changed my mind and decided to come here to Carolina."

Any second thoughts on your choice?

"No, I don't regret what I did. I know I made the right decision. Maryland's good, but I'm at North Carolina now."

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