Quotes: Roy Williams

Carolina head coach spoke with the media following his team's 70-65 loss to Duke

Opening Statement

"If you like college basketball, you had to enjoy that [game]. Our problem is that I pull extremely hard for our team. Luol Deng in the last game was 1-for-14. Today I think he was extremely motivated to play exceptionally well, and I thought he showed he was one of the premier, not just freshmen, but one of the premier players in the country. I also think that Chris Duhon, on Senior Day, to play as well as he played, it's fitting for him. But I'm not that concerned about things ending the way Duke University wants them to finish."

"It hurt us. It didn't seem in a stretch there that we could get a good shot. All of a sudden, the ball bounced a little weird a couple of times. In the second half, we blocked a shot, it bounced out to J.J. [Redick] and he knocked in a three. Another time we knocked the ball loose and Deng was running on the baseline and all of a sudden he comes up with the ball and lays it up. But I do think that any basketball player who plays with a great deal of intensity makes those kind of things happen. It was unfortunate for us it didn't happen our way tonight."

"We were very concerned about how we would be without Raymond [Felton], we didn't know how Raymond would play. He had a bad hip-pointer. We weathered the storm right before the half, but if you look at his line, it was more difficult for him. Three assists and six turnovers is not a typical game for him. It would have been nice for Rashad [McCants] to have been able to handle the basketball [at the end] and pass it back to someone else for threes, since there were two guys on him, but he lost the ball and I think it was J.J. that made a frantic dive on the floor and came up with the ball. You'd like to be in a situation that you've got a chance to win every game at the end, and we've had that for the most part this year. We played to the very end, but you just have to congratulate Duke. I knew it was going to be hard after they lost the game the other night, that they would be extremely focused. I'm very proud of how my team competed."

On not getting more second-chance points despite dominating the offensive glass:

"There are so many things that you can pick at. I thought in the first half we did a great job on the backboards, but a terrible job of stopping their dribble penetration in the middle of the floor. I think we still didn't do nearly as good a job as we wanted in stopping their dribble penetration. J.J. and Chris were able to take the ball and drive it. For us to be effective, we can't have the little breakdowns. We don't go very many people deep, so if we've got some problems, it might not be as big for other people."

On Rashad McCants:

"I think in the first half he missed some really open shots. The youngster's made a lot of big shots for us. One thing about Duke is they have the intensity, they're going to keep people flying at you. If you beat one guy, they're going to have somebody else flying at you. I like their defensive intensity and their relentlessness. We probably could have set better screens but they did a nice job of switching the screens. We could do a lot of things better. We needed to get much better spacing in the second half too. We had some things we could have done, but Duke did a better job down the stretch."

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