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Opening Comments -
"I said 'Congratulations' to Tony, he's a neat young team and I enjoyed watching him play. He's done a great job with his basketball team and I haven't done a very good job with my basketball team. Ol' Roy's been awfully lucky in his entire life and things have been very smooth and right now they're not - I've got to do a better job with my team.
"I really thought we'd play well, but we didn't come out with the intensity and weren't very sharp in executing properly. We turned it over three of the first five possessions. I've got to do a better job. I feel like a stuck record, but that's what I've got to do."
Is it more frustrating or disappointing that after the strides that you made Tuesday night against N.C. State, you took a step back tonight?
"Both of those words I guess you could use. I'm about as frustrated and disappointed as I've ever been in my entire life, so ... like I said, I've been very fortunate to have some great moments, but this is definitely not one of them. I've got to figure out a way to get our kids focused and doing the things that we talk about. I've gotten awfully dumb in the last six months ... "
How infectious are the problems?
"Well, they are infectious, but my gosh, how can we go any lower? Be honest, how can it be any worse than it is right now? So you've got to put all that 'Woe is me' nonsense out of the way, and you've got to put all that nonsense about feeling sorry for yourself out of the way and you've got to play basketball."
It sounds like there's a weariness in your voice ...
"It's not weariness, it's the opposite end - it's ticked off."
Can you talk about what happened tonight?
"We shot a very low percentage and they shot a pretty high percentage - we didn't get many stops and couldn't put the ball in the basket ... We always try and play with effort, I give my best effort every time I'm out on the floor, but there's just something else - whatever it is I'm looking for it and I'm sure everyone else is too."
Is the heart there in the locker room?
"Right now it's not. As of right now everybody is just pretty flat and not really showing a lot of emotion. And it's carrying out onto the court. At halftime the locker room was pretty dead and we were only down by five points. We've just got to bring it. We talk a lot, but it's time for us to start showing it."
Coach Williams was emotional in his press conference, and he clarified that it was anger. Have you ever seen him like this before?
"I've never seen him like this before because we've never lost games like this before. Guys just need to care more. They just need to care more about this name we wear on the front of our chest - the history - we represent so much and we're not representing it well right now."
What now? What different things can you do?
"That's a great question. I'm pretty sure Coach will be up all night figuring out what's next and I'll be up all night. I mean, I've got four more homes games after this ... I really don't know what's next."
After the N.C. State game, what were your thoughts coming into tonight?
"We were hoping, obviously, to keep the ball rolling and pick up some momentum, but we just didn't come out with the same focus that we had for the N.C. State game, which allowed us to play the way we did. Virginia came in and they just played much more focused, much more confident and together as a team. There's no question there's a team out there on Virginia's side and it wasn't the case for us."
Coach Williams is expressing his frustration that the different things he's trying aren't working. What are some of those things that aren't working?
"Everything. There's nothing really working right now. We just can't get it going on a consistent basis - that's what's frustrating for him."