UNC-UVa: Roy Williams Postgame
“We played a very good basketball team that dominated us in the second half today. We came out of the first five or six minutes and I thought we were really active defensively and then they worse us down. They are very efficient. If you look at the stat sheet they had four guys in double figures they shoot 50 percent both halves, didn’t turn the ball over. I’m disappointed with our sense of urgency at some points during the game. I’m disappointed we gave in. And yet I’m sitting here thinking, it’s an excuse, but we need some practice time. Bottom line is I just admire what Tony’s team has done. He does a great job coaching them and those kids have bought into it completely. They share the basketball and they don’t turn it over. Guys make shots and they take shots that they can make. They guard you like crazy.
“Again, it’s a very good basketball team. They came off a big loss and they were very focused and totally outplayed us in the second half for sure. In the first half it could’ve been more than one point. We gave in a couple of times. You can’t just let guys go in and lay the ball up and have a big guy standing there looking at it. You have to get involved. Again, I go back to this thing. I’ve got four big things up in the board, it’s been there for three or four years. The biggest thing and most important thing to me is to have a sense of urgency. I just thought Virginia’s sense of urgency was so much greater than ours. Not a lot to say guys. They kicked our butts. It would help to get some practice time. It would help to get some guys healthy.
“Kennedy didn’t have much in the tank today, he came in this morning and his temperature was 101. We didn’t even now until warm-ups if he was going to start the game or how much he’d be able to play. Nate was removed from a possible concussion list yesterday. Marcus sprained his ankle. I can give you all those things, but the bottom line is that North Carolina lost to Virginia. I can give you all kinds of reasons we haven’t been able to practice, but the bottom line is that North Carolina lost to Virginia. Let’s give Virginia credit.
“I have Wade Moody, a guy that graduated last year, he’s coming into practice. I have Denzel Robinson, Coach Robinson’s son who is trying to be a fireman, he came and practiced with us. I have Spencer Dalton, a J.V. guy come up and practice with us. There wasn’t a lot done because we couldn’t do anything. We’re trying to press and we haven’t practiced it in three weeks and that’s bad coaching. I don’t have anything else to say guys, they kicked our rear ends, that’s the bottom line.”
On UVa’s 9-0 run to take a commanding lead:
“They had two offensive rebounds, and I am getting so sick of that. Some of you guys have been around here for a long time. For 12 years [here], 27 years as a head coach, I’ve talked about rebounding more than anything. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t a great rebounder, but we have to do a better job of boxing out. Two of those baskets were on offensive rebounds. You’ve got to be able to get defensive rebounds and only give them one shot, but they made some good decisions. I think we had a turnover there in that stretch as well. We didn’t have the best spacing that we wanted to get, and so we struggled offensively, but they are good defensively. We need to post up a lot lower, we need to look at guys and get them the ball in the post up area a lot quicker. We didn’t have very good timing today. We had one set play out of bounds and Brice was wide open but Nate had already looked away because the timing wasn’t good and he’d already looked at Marcus and Brice is wide open under the basket. Again, I think you said it was a 9-0 stretch, but two of them were on offensive rebounds and I despise that more than I despise anything.”
On why Marcus Paige went scoreless for such a long stretch:
“Hell, I probably screwed him up too. Because he was hurt one time and I probably should have taken him out. When I finally realized what everybody was saying I asked him if he was all right and he said he was fine. If you were guarding us, who would you emphasize guarding? It’s pretty damn easy to figure it out. And they are good defensively. We don’t do a very good job of helping him at times by getting better spacing, by getting somebody scoring inside, or setting screens for him, so we have to do a better job.”
Is there a common thread in the second half today and in the second half against Louisville?
“They kicked our rear ends on the back boards again. Saturday for sure. I mean 17 points on second-chance opportunities in the second half. They had those couple that were big ones today. Points off of offensive rebounds, we had 11 they had 8. But I told you guys earlier that I thought this could be the best offensive rebounding team I’ve ever coached. But we haven’t done it yet. We have to get more rebounding from the perimeter. J.P. has one rebound. We outrebounded them 34-27, but we have to do a better job than that.”
Did the doubling pressure on the ball in the post lead to turnovers?
“I think if you are strong with the ball, tough minded, you aren’t going to throw the damn thing away. Stick it under your shirt and the referee at least calls a five-second call and you get to set your defense. But there is no reason to turn the ball over because you give into the pressure or the aggressiveness. They do a better job of that than anybody, but I believe we got some good baskets out of it too. Kennedy had two assists, Brice had one assist, Joel had one, and I think every one of those assists was big on big, but we had some turnovers too. Kennedy, we gave him fluids all day and he didn’t even come to pregame meal, it’s a lot to ask to be able to. But he’s our best passer. So I felt that he would be able to handle it better than anybody else.”
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