UNC-FSU: Postgame Quotes & Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes interviews with head coach Roy Williams and North Carolina's starting five, who spoke to the media following UNC's loss to Florida State on Saturday.

ROY WILLIAMS
Listen to Audio (5:32)

Opening comments:
"First of all, let's make sure that we understand that I was not trying to embarrass Florida State by pretending that they could not control the crowd. That's not what I was trying to do at all. I was just trying to protect our team. We had an ugly incident at Las Vegas and one of our female managers got knocked down. I'm between a rock and a hard place because I love to see college kids be able to celebrate. I have feelings for that as well, but I also think it's dangerous for the visiting team trying to get off the court. There was no indication whatsoever of any lack of respect for what Florida State could have done with crowd control. I went and talked to Leonard and I had already talked to one of the referees that was over there and it was almost Leonard's suggestion. He's a quality person.

"Past that, the basketball game was the most important thing. That thing that happened with 14 seconds I hope doesn't get all of the attention because that would be a detriment to what Florida State did today. They played a great basketball game. We had no answers for them on the court, I had no answers for them on the sideline. I did the worst job of coaching a team that I've ever done and the worst job of preparing a team to play than I've ever done. I've got to do a heckuva lot better job than that.

"The Dulkys youngster I thought was sensational. They come in the game shooting 30 percent from three, but he's 8-for-10. You take away his 8-for-10 and they were still about 30 percent – they were 4-for-17. I think he's a senior and he'll cherish these moments for the rest of his life. It was a great performance today. It was a great performance shooting the basketball. My only concern is that he was so open when he was shooting the basketball. There's no way that he should be that open. Congratulate them. Congratulate Leonard and his staff for what they did. It was so much better than what I did."


TYLER ZELLER
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On what went wrong in the second half:
"We just gave them too many open shots. A lot of their shots were wide open and this year they were able to make those."

Was this game just a breakdown in poise?
"Yes and no. They did a great job running the offense. They set screens and they played physical. We've just got to get better."


DEXTER STRICKLAND
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On his ankle:
"My [left] ankle is fine. I twisted it Wednesday during practice and I twisted it again yesterday, but I feel good. I feel good. It's a little swollen, but the trainer's doing a great job of keeping it moving, keeping the swelling down and keeping ice on it. So I'll be alright."

On the discussion in the locker room after the game:
"We said our prayer and that was it. We all took showers."


KENDALL MARSHALL
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When was the last time you were a part of a loss like this?
"Not since I was like 10 or 11 years old. It's embarrassing to us. I think it's embarrassing to the coaching staff and we just have to go back…. I think a lot of the things tonight were effort that we can fix."

What's the reason for the poise issues?
"It's hard to say. Obviously, we have to figure it out and fix it. But it starts from the opening tip. When you're playing good teams, you can't let them jump out on you by 7-8-9 points early in the first half."


JOHN HENSON
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On how Florida State grabbed control of the game:
"They came out and we let them get confident at the beginning of the game. They started hitting their threes and hitting their shots and we didn't play effectively on the offensive end. It snowballed into a loss."

Was it surprising that they shot so well?
"I don't know if it was surprising because we knew to expect a tough team at home. Today they scored 90 on us and it's just something that there's no excuse for that."


HARRISON BARNES
Listen to Audio (1:49)

On FSU's defense:
"They applied a lot of pressure. They guarded the lane and it was hard to get the ball into the bigs and penetrate, needless to say. They made us shoot contested jump shots and you can't win too many games like that."


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