UNC-UVa: Postgame Quotes & Audio

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes interviews with head coach Roy Williams, Tyler Zeller, Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes, as well as Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, who spoke to the media following UNC's win on Saturday.

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Opening comments:
"That was an extremely competitive, yet somewhat ugly basketball game. You have to congratulate both teams' defense, because I thought both teams played so hard. It was a struggle for us to find a play to run or to find a shot that we could make. There were a couple of uncharacteristic turnovers late, but 'Z' made a big time play. We ran about three different set plays and we kept getting shots. We messed up on the defensive end late in the game and let [Sammy] Zeglinski get a wide-open shot to challenge. We were very lucky that it didn't go in. That's the bottom line.

"We did have all the fouls, so we wanted to try to use them and not give them too much time to run a play. Sometimes that worked and it helped us. At two or three seconds left, when Harrison was on the line, I thought that was it. But we gave them another chance, and we were very lucky. Harrison's turnover, and Reggie [Bullock}'s turnover; you have to give Virginia credit because they came up with the turnovers. John [Henson]'s play inside when he got switched off with Jontel [Evans] and blocked the shot, that was big. I thought 'Z' was huge for us today, we passed the ball to him and his play was big. If you go down the stat sheet line, he's 7-11 and nobody else comes close: 4-10, 3-15, 0-6. He carried us a great deal of the time."

On adjusting after the first half:
"The first half was full of bad shots. Harrison took some bad shots, when 'Z' picked up the second foul inside the four-minute time out, we took him out. We weren't getting very good position inside, but we wanted to go inside because we have a size advantage in there. They did a great job of forcing us off the blocks. They did a great job of swarming. John, for example, when he got in late in the first half he had a forfeit to the basket twice in a row. Their defense, they really swarm the basketball and I think that's something we understand, but he still weren't able to do much with it.

"We got better spacing at the end. We went to a different set but that gives coaching too much credit. We started running 41, which is a different set we run. It got us a little bit better spacing. John and 'Z' really made some good passes to each other. 'Z' missed a dead lay-up on one of those passes too. We missed some opportunities and so did they. It was a hard-fought game; it was a tough ass game."

On Mike Scott:
"We were lucky because he missed some shots he usually makes. But John and 'Z' really stayed on him most of the time. They have that size that can bother Mike Scott's outside shot. But again, it was a problem for them when he got into foul trouble just like it was a problem for us. Mike Scott and Tyler Zeller were both sitting on the bench in the last four minutes of the game. I think he was 1-8 at half and 2-5 in the second, which is not typical of his numbers to say the least."

On Scott's fourth foul against Henson:
"John whipped back because there was an elbow in his face. They went over and looked at it to see if it was something else, but it wasn't. I don't think that John is that good of an actor and his face doesn't run into too many elbows. I'm not saying that it was flagrant, but it was a foul. I don't think that there was any reason to draw a foul there, and you certainly don't want to draw it with your face on someone's elbow. That's not very pleasant."

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On the play that led to his dunk with 13.3 seconds remaining:
"It's a play we run all of the time, but I was actually the only person who wasn't supposed to be an option to score and somehow ended up with the ball. But I just saw Akil [Mitchell] running at me, so I shot-faked and once I was around him, Mike Scott was there so I just had to go up as strong as possible in case he jumped with me."

So you weren't a scoring option on that play?
"No, I was a screener. I'm not sure how I ended up open. I'll have to watch that later."

On the foul strategy in the closing seconds:
"It's tough because you don't want to foul and give them three free throws. We were doing as much as we could, just trying to make it as difficult was as little time left possible."

On winning against a team with a slow tempo:
"It helps a lot, especially with the tournament coming up. This is not really something you can simulate in practice."

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On the difference in play from the first half to the second:
"I don't know if there was much difference, they were both ugly. Like I said, Virginia's defense is very physical, they're very tough, and we didn't do as good a job moving from the offensive end. We were very stagnant and didn't get the shots that we wanted. I think it's a lot harder to speed a team up than slow a team down. Their pace is a lot more methodical than ours, they're still looking to shoot the ball but they don't mind waiting to get the best possible shot to where we want to make it as many possessions as possible. So to be able to play a game like this, same thing as Wisconsin, it's still a win and I think that's big for our team."

On the win:
"It's big, it's big. First of all Virginia is a very, very good team. Even with the loss of their big man, Sene, they're still able to come together and still play good basketball. They're a very tough team so to be able to come in here, compete with them, and get a win on the road. I think we shot low 30 percent, that's huge. You can look at all the negative things, but for us to still be able to win that game I think is the ultimate positive."

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On Virginia:
"I think this is an under-the-radar team. They may not get the publicity and you look at their record, but I think this is one of the top teams in the ACC. Great defenders. They definitely made us work for everything."

On UNC holding UVa to 35.0 percent shooting:
"A lot of that was probably due to the second half, because our first half defense was terrible. But it was just effort. In the first half, we were just kind of a step slow. We weren't into it and they were getting wide open shots. But in the second half, when it really mattered, we had that extra step, that extra push, to get around the screen and get our hands up."

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On possible calls that went against Virginia:
"I have to watch to the tape. Right now it wouldn't be wise of me to comment on the calls but you know we had a chance. We had a chance. We took care of the ball better. We were better on the glass but I thought a couple of our breakdowns late defensively cost us. A few ill-advised shots but we had a chance. The heart was there. We had to be a little unconventional at times but I thought a lot of our young guys played their guts out, which I liked. And you got 6 of 23 in some of the looks we have from three. We have to be able to make a few more on that."

On the young players stepping up:
"I thought they fought. I like to see how they guarded, rebounded, they stuck their nose in there, made some plays in traffic, which a game of this magnitude you're going to have to, so it was nice to see. I think they all did some good things, a lot of improvement, a lot of room for improvement but they gave us a good lift."

On the offense with different players in the game:
"I thought we had a nice rhythm to start the second half. We were moving, trying to get Mike moving and getting some touches in better scoring areas. Then at times when he wasn't in we tried to spread the floor a little more in attack off penetration and Jontel did a good job with that. But they are long and when you get into the lane, you think you have something and usually they alter the shot or bother it. We had a few right there, some layups, some wide open threes that could have been pivotal in that game. They made some tough plays and again you have to play 40 minutes to beat a team like that and we didn't quite do that."

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