UNC-UA: Roy Williams Quotes (w/audio)

Inside Carolina
Posted Jan 27, 2007

TUCSON, Ariz. --- North Carolina coach Roy Williams addressed the media following the Tar Heels’ 92-64 win over Arizona on Saturday. Read and listen to what he had to say immediately after the game at the McKale Center.

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Opening remarks -

We're absolutely ecstatic we got the win, but realistically we caught them on a day when the ball wouldn't go in. You would like to think that had something to do with our defense, but hey had a lot of open looks that didn't go in.

We feel as lucky as we can be to beat a great program in a game like this, when they didn't shoot the ball well.

Playing on the road in college basketball is extremely difficult. I hope that we can build off this win in a tough environment.

On the absence of Brandan Wright and Marcus Ginyard -

We had a little bit of an edge that (Arizona) didn't have. Brandan Wright and Marcus Ginyard both were out with some sort of a bug. Not having two important players gives you a little bit of an edge sometimes, because the rest of the team has to step up in place of them.

On handling the road environment -

We wanted to get off to a good start. We wanted to use the four-minute timeouts to keep the crowd out of the game. We had six guys in double figures an cut down on our turnovers. I thought Ty Lawson kept us in the game in the first half.

On holding Arizona to 33.9 percent field goal shooting -

To hold them under 40 percent, I was very proud of that. But, like I said, they missed a lot of good shots.

On starting Deon Thompson -

Brandan plays the four, and Deon plays it in practice. Deon slides his feet better on defense than Alex [Stepheson]. Deon has more familiarity with our out of bound plays more so than Alex.

On his team's depth -p> I've said depth isn't important over the course of one game, but it's important over the course of a season.

On the play of Lawson -

He stared penetrating the ball more. He hit two threes early in the game, and I told him not to fall in love with it. I said before, he kept us in the game in the first half.

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