UNC Coach Roy Williams Sees Improvement

Roy Williams said following the win over Wofford that he saw significant team progress.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Despite a first half that produced several sideline eruptions, Roy Williams was in good spirits at the podium following Wednesday night's 78-58 win over Wofford.

In Sunday's win over Fairfield, Williams spoke of a lack of focus and effort, but the head coach was pleased with how his team responded.

"I feel a lot better about the game right now than I did after Sunday's game," Williams said. "We were more attentive, gave better effort defensively, we talked more, we were more consistent with it."

And that came against an opponent in Wofford that Williams respected, and expected to challenge his team.

"They're a hard team to guard. They do a great job with their motion, couple of big guys setting screens and handoffs. It's hard to keep getting through that.

"We knew it'd be a difficult game. Saw them last year in the NCAAs, playing Arkansas, I think it was a three-point game with four minutes to go and I had no clue who would win and no clue who I'd rather play."


Do you have any concerns about Justin Jackson's start to the season?

Well you always have concerns, but if he's the biggest concern I have I'm in pretty good position because he's going to be a good player.  He's had a rough stretch here, but at least he didn't get into foul trouble tonight. Played 27 minutes and had four assists and zero turnovers and that helps us ... 

How important were Brice (Johnson)'s rebounds and blocks tonight?

His rebounding was big, the blocked shot shouldn't have had to happen if he'd played the previous play better and they wouldn't have gotten the shot off.  He was more active on the backboards tonight - probably his best rebounding game, not just because of his numbers were 14 but because he was more active. Brice and Kennedy (Meeks), I challenged them for how inactive they were in Sunday's game and I thought they were much better today.

Nate (Britt) had a couple big steals ...

Big plays for us.  We had a three-point lead and then outscored them 14-2 and five different guys scored for us. But Nate had two big steals and turned both of them into baskets on the break.

Joel Berry looked real comfortable running the offense and in transition ...

Joel had probably, other than Marcus (Paige), the best preseason of any of our guys. And I'd probably pick Justin third, or Isaiah (Hicks). Joel had a good preseason. Joel and Nate worked on their shot more than anyone else on our team in the offseason and until tonight it's really shown up, but give their team defense some credit, too ... Joel has done a nice job for us. I told him, if he stops turning the ball over - he had three tonight, four on Sunday; point guards can't average 3-4 turnovers per game - I'd really like the way he's playing.

Was he penetrating better tonight?

I think everybody was. Again, we shot nine threes, the other day we had eight in the first ten minutes of the game. 

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