UNC-Duke: Roy Williams Quotes + Audio

Inside Carolina
Posted Mar 5, 2006


DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina coach Roy Williams spoke to reporters on Saturday from Cameron Indoor Stadium after the No. 13 Tar Heels’ 83-76 win over top-ranked Duke. Read & listen to he had to say…

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Opening remarks
“I guess it goes without saying that we are extremely pleased. Before I get in to our team, I think that all of us as coaches, players and media should be thankful that we got to watch J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams. You are not going to see very many times in the culture we have today that players of that caliber stay around for four years. I don’t know of anybody that I have ever admired or respected more than J.J. He is so hard to guard and takes everybody’s best shot. Different guys try to stay fresh on him. I was hoping at the end that I could let him see that I was really clapping for him. I don’t know if our league or any league is going to see guys like that come along very often. For Shelden and J.J. to play that way and do what they have done, we feel so fortunate and are very lucky.

“It was a first half that was an ugly game. We had so many turnovers that I felt like were careless turnovers. I challenged them to be stronger with the basketball. Something that is exceptionally important to our team is that we keep competing all the time. I thought we did a much better job of that in the second half. Tyler (Hansbrough) was something in the second half. We talked about trying to drive the ball to the basket and try to get good spacing and I think we did a much better job of that in the second half. We tried to stay fresh on J.J. but he got some good looks and just missed them. For us it had to be like that. We needed to do a good job defensively but at the same time we wanted to make sure that they had an opportunity to help us by missing some shots. Driving the ball to the basket and the work on the backboards were the two biggest things that we talked about offensively.”

On Tyler Hansbrough driving to the basket in the second half
“In practice this week, we worked on spacing and trying to spread a little bit more and get some drives to the basket. We are a team that does a better job normally of passing the basketball. Against Duke’s defense they are so strong on the perimeter and they get into you so much that you do a better job of dribbling the ball to the basket and it helps you. I think Tyler can put it on the floor.”

On how the freshmen played
“It is Cameron Indoor Stadium and everybody who is a college basketball fan is watching and it doesn’t get much bigger. I have said all year long that those kids are tough kids and they are competitors. They were raised in athletic households where they have heard the words focus and heard the words poised and toughness. The fact isn’t that our freshmen outscored their seniors it is that North Carolina outscored Duke.”

On Marcus Ginyard
“It was difficult for Wes (Miller). They were going to make sure that Wes got no open looks. Where he is extremely effective is when he can get the ball on the perimeter and shoot the ball from a standstill position. They did a great job defensively and Marcus gives us more size guarding Sean Dockery and J.J., (Greg) Paulus and those guys running around screens. It was a little bit of both, they were doing a great job on Wes but Marcus was a little bit more affective defensively in a game like tonight.”

On play late in the game
“We put ourselves in a bad position by being stupid. I told Bobby (Frasor) that he needed to be a little more intelligent. He is not the biggest jumper I have ever seen and he is trying to lay it up over the best shot blocker in America. Reyshawn (Terry’s) shot from over there, I have no idea why anybody would try and shoot that ball. On the defensive possessions we were switching everything on the perimeter at that time. We felt like we got a hand up on a shot but on the possession before we gave up a second shot so we had to make sure we got the rebound.”

On what the win does for confidence
“We were a pretty confident bunch beforehand. I am confident and I hope it isn’t cockiness but I told them that I thought we were the only team in the country that could come in here and win this game. I believed that we could if we played. We couldn’t come in here and win unless we played our best game. At halftime I told them we have to play our best half and if we did we would win the game.”


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