“We congratulated Boston College and Al [Skinner] and his staff last night, and we feel that we should still do that today. They totally outplayed us last night. We didn’t play nearly as well as we wanted to play, to say the least. We never could get over the hump. But they came in and really did a nice job.
“It’s hard to believe that somebody could say that they’re an unranked team or that they’re picked to finish last or 11th or whatever. If [that’s right], it’s going to be a long year for the Tar Heels, too. They did a great job and deserved to win. We’ve got to get some things going again, or going period, and hopefully we’ll play well against College of Charleston and our respective conference game this weekend.”
What was your thinking in coming to play at Charleston next season?
“It was just because of Bobby Cremins and the respect that I have for him. I do love Charleston – we have a home down there at Wild Dunes, so there’s no question that it’s one of my favorite places to play golf and sit on the beach and eat seafood, but I don’t think I’ll be doing any three of those when we come back next year and play.
“But Bobby had talked to me about coming and opening their new arena. We couldn’t get that exactly worked out, but he thought it would be nice for their program and nice for him. And I’m dumb enough to play home-and-home at Princeton several years ago when I was at Kansas and take a team to the Palestra just because our radio announcer had never done a game in the Palestra, so I’ve been dumb enough to do a lot of things.”
On his comments after the game about being concerned about Marcus Ginyard:
“It’s just that we don’t see him doing the things that we’ve seen him do in the past. His moving, the way that he’s been able to do it in the past, we don’t see that right now. He’s frustrated by it and would like to play better. I’m not frustrated because I know the kid is giving me everything he has, but that’s basically it – just responding to a question.”
More on Boston College:
“They played well. Rakim Sanders makes four out of seven or four out of six threes in the first half against us, and he’s been shooting 29 percent from three all year. They rebounded – they had 13 offensive rebounds in the first half. We didn’t get them to turn it over – they only had two turnovers [in the first half]. So a lot of things that we’ve been making a living on in the past, we were not able to do that. They made plays and we had some nice opportunities but didn’t take advantage of them.”
Do you think you weren’t tested enough heading into conference play?
“That’s what everybody says and you guys have got to have something to write about, but I don’t know what to do about it. I know that in every game we’ve played, I haven’t ever considered just taking the ball out of bounds and just handing it to them 15 straight times or 10 straight times to make it a close game at the end.
“But we played Notre Dame when they were ranked in the top-10. We played Michigan State, and they were preseason ranked in the top-10. We played true road games at UC-Santa Barbara and a true road game in Reno, so when you make out the schedule, you think that it’s a good schedule and it is a good schedule. But we’ve played very well on game nights and shot the ball well, and last night we shoot 29 percent in the second half, so again, it’s what it is. There’s nothing I can do to change it. But we just didn’t play well last night.”
On Ed Davis:
“I think Ed’s really done some nice things. He’s showing us that he’s a legitimate shot blocker and he’s showing us that he’s a legitimate rebounder. Those are things that you can always use. He’s a wonderful kid who’s trying to do everything we ask. He’s trying to get better every single day. In the preseason, I never sit down and say, ‘Okay, this person is going to play eight minutes and this person is going to play 14 minutes.’
“I let them determine it by how they play in the preseason. Ed did a really nice job for us, and with Tyler Zeller being out and Tyler Hansbrough being out those four or five games or whatever it was, I think it gave Ed some opportunities to get some more time and he took advantage of it.”
On Ginyard’s leg sleeve from Sunday night:
“He took a whack on his knee the day before the Boston College game in practice and I have no idea if that sleeve was to help that or if it was just Marcus making another fashion statement. With him, you never know.”
On UNC’s team defense:
“I think we’re better right now than we were at this stage last year. And at times, during the course of our play, we’ve been better this year than we were even at the end of last year. But we still have to get a lot better.”