Roy Williams Quotes + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina coach Roy Williams addressed the media on Thursday from the Smith Center. The Tar Heels open the 2005-06 season by hosting Gardner-Webb Saturday at 8 p.m.

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How's Ginyard's injured hand?

"It's just going to be wrapped now, they've given him the complete range of motion with his thumb and no restrictions on it. ... I think with each and every week it's getting stronger."

Scouting report on Gardner-Webb?

"I looked up in the middle of the night while I couldn't sleep - players that we have on our team right now started one game for us last year. Players that they have on their club started 136 games last year. So that's the No. 1 thing. That experience factor in college basketball I still think is the most single important quality that really good teams have. But Brian Bender, Simon Conn, those two guys up front really give them some scoring ... Tim Jennings, Chris Gash, T.J. McCullough and I know they went to more of a three-guard lineup down the stretch last year - Mike Jones started some games and started the exhibition game the other night, so you don't know who's going to start ... They're a very good basketball team - not the kind of team I'd like to play in the opener. I'd like to play somebody that's got a much, much bigger name and not nearly the name. What we've in this bunch is the game but not nearly as big a name."

On the uncertainty of a young team -

"This year's team still has to see how they react. And I love them to death and I'm enjoying coaching them. There are going to be times when we're going to be really fun to watch. But that experience factor is hard to make up for."

On preparing the team for the rigors of the season -

"I want to be surprised. I want to be smiling during games, so I'm not preparing them for doom. I'm telling them they're a heck of a lot better than I'm tell you they are. It does pay to be realistic, but if you tell me I'm not good enough to beat somebody ..."

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