Friday PC Interviews

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's Friday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Roy Williams and Harrison Barnes.

Roy Williams
Listen to Audio (15:04)

Injury update:
"I've got a unique team. It's the first time in 24 years as a head coach that I've got two guys hurt on an off day. So I don't know what the crap is going on. But Dexter [Strickland] and Desmond [Hubert], neither one practiced yesterday because they sprained their ankle on an off day. Classes are tough around here. Running up and down those daggum steps, you've got to be careful."

Do you know how they sprained their ankles?
"They both stepped on a guy's foot going up those steps to their classes, I guess. They both came in and got some individual workouts in by themselves and stepped on somebody's foot. Dexter and somebody – I don't remember who he said – were playing 1-on-1 and the same thing with Desmond."

On if the team got better during the nine-game home stand:
"I think we definitely got better. We had better rebound moments than we did early, had more balance, different guys scoring and not just depending on one or two guys. So I think there were many, many ways that we did get better."

On getting back on the road:
"I mean, we played on an aircraft carrier, we played at Kentucky, we played at Vegas and a wild crowd. It's not like this is the first time."

On Leslie McDonald's decision to red-shirt:
"Leslie and I have talked, and his family. He's practicing now. We're putting him back in about halfway or two-thirds of the way through practice. But our plan right now is that he will not play this year… He couldn't play in a game today and this is Jan. 13. So he couldn't play in a game today, so you're talking about the limited access he would have to play the rest of the season. He feels comfortable but I would say not 100 percent confident about all of his moves and everything right now. He's getting better every day... Deep down, it's the smartest thing to do."

Harrison Barnes
Listen to Audio (6:34)

On Florida State:
"I think Florida State is a great team to play. I always get up to play them. I had a good experience with them last year and I think this team will rise to the occasion."

On how Leslie McDonald is performing in practice:
"The biggest thing is he's actually out there playing offense and playing defense now. First it was getting him out there first for form shots and then doing light little jogs up and down, but now it's nice to see that he can run up and down the court two or three times without his knee bothering him, playing offense, playing defense, so that's good."

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