UNC-ISU: North Carolina Post-Game Quotes + Audio

- Inside Carolina
Posted Mar 20, 2005


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – UNC head coach Roy Williams and players Raymond Felton, Marvin Williams, Sean May, Rashad McCants and Jawad Williams addressed the media following the Tar Heels’ 92-65 win over Iowa State on Sunday from the Charlotte Coliseum…

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ROY WILLIAMS

Opening Statement:
“We were saying let’s try to get back to the Smith Center and practice. This group loves to practice more than any group I’ve ever been around. I thought they came out focused and we’re very happy.”

On how May as improved over the last year:
“Physically, he’s come as far in one year as any player I’ve ever coached.”

On his team’s determination:
“We were determined to play a lot better. I think they are determined, but they also know that it’s just one game.”

On his team’s depth:
“When we sub, there’s a lot of ways our team gets better. We were a little more fresh, and that helps with the way we like to play.”

On preparing to play next weekend:
“We have a saying for our team – let’s get better every day. Other than Marvin, I’ve got a pretty experienced team. They just haven’t experienced lots of success.”

On his team’s talent:
“This team is getting better because they’re realizing that five guys play better together. People talk about talent too much. Give me five guys who will work their butts off.”

On what stood out to him about his team today:
“Today the focus; nothing careless and nothing casual. Today it was our intensity and our willingness to play.”

JAWAD WILLIAMS

On the physical play of the game:
“It got pretty dirty out there at times, but we stayed focused and kept our heads in the game and won.”

On pre-game talk of Iowa State’s running game:
“They ran with us, but we won the game.”

On going to the Sweet 16 for the first time:
“Of course we can appreciate it; my class and I have never been there before, so we’re going to enjoy it.”

RASHAD MCCANTS

On how UNC got the big lead:
“We really took advantage of their missed shots and converted those into points. We knew they had a thin bench, we just wanted to run ‘em, run ‘em, run ‘em.”

On UNC’s play:
“We need to play a little better. We let [Jared] Homan get too many rebounds in there.”

On Marvin Williams:
“Marvin has been playing incredible all year. It’s no surprise to us how well he has played.”

On the team’s mindset heading into the Sweet 16:
“We’re not going to be overconfident about the whole situation. Villanova is very good.”

SEAN MAY

On avoiding a second half letdown:
“Jackie [Manuel] told us coming out of the locker room, ‘We’re not coming out flat today.’”

On getting to the Sweet 16:
“It’s a tremendous felling for Carolina to be in the Sweet 16. Our goal wasn’t to make the Sweet 16, but it’s one step closer to our goal.”

MARVIN WILLIAMS

On his play today:
“I’ve been blessed. I’ve been playing well, and my teammates have been doing a good job of getting me the ball.”

RAYMOND FELTON

On UNC’s up-tempo style:
“We have that feeling that no one in the country can run with us. Not to be cocky, but we just play our game.”

On Marvin Williams:
“Marvin Williams is blessed. He’s one of a kind. He’s special.”

On getting the big lead:
“That’s what it’s all about. Big runs and playing good defense.”

On getting back into the groove:
“We basically just got our fire back. We worked harder on defense; we worked harder on everything.”


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