UNC-Clemson: Locker Room Report

Rashad McCants, Sean May, Raymond Felton and Jawad Williams talked to the media after UNC's 69-53 win over Clemson Tuesday night at the Smith Center ...


In a slow paced game like that, how do you find your tempo?

Being patient, don't rush anything, let the game come to me. Early it was kind of frustrating because we kept turning the ball over, so I was just saying to myself ‘Just be patient and the shots will come.'

It looked like Coach Williams knew that you were one shot from the record …

Yeah, he did. But if I hadn't hit eight I wouldn't have tried to take those final shots.

This win ups the streak over Clemson to 50 games and puts you over .500 in the ACC. What does that mean to you and the team?

It's great … to be a part of the record now. And I think it's just great for us to continue to win and increase our record in conference play.

Did you have a feeling it was going to be a night like this?

No, not really. I've been playing pretty well lately and I was just shooting it. Like I say all the time, it's no mystery. I think I'm a pretty good shooter, so all of a sudden when I shoot the ball well it's like ‘He's hot' but I practice them like that all the time.

Do you have the confidence now that anything you shoot is going to go in?

Pretty much. Anybody that can really shoot thinks that way. Anyone that's in front of me can't stop me from doing what I need to do.

Thoughts on going into Cameron this weekend?

Last time I was there I was hurt, disappointed, didn't start. We lost. Lackluster performance. I'm just ready to go in there and win the game.


What was halftime like?

We knew we were giving them the opportunity to hang in there with us. They didn't dictate anything – we just weren't playing well, weren't shooting well and turning the ball over and we knew we just needed to make some changes and we'd be fine. We came out in the second half, [Rashad] got going and it opened everything up…

… You got it going, too –

I just tried to stay around the bucket, Ray hit me with some easy looks and it was just a good night for me.

You've seen Rashad do this in games and in practice, were you aware of how many threes he'd hit?

No, I didn't know he'd hit seven threes. I thought they were just jumpshots – I don't watch when the refs put their hands up. I just knew he was making a whole bunch of shots. I'm real happy for him and he did a great job tonight. I hope he continues to play like that because we need him to play like that down the stretch.

Is he doing anything different of late?

He's just playing – doing the same things he was doing before. He's just in that zone. Most guys are in a zone for a game, but he's been in this zone for about five games. I hope he continues to do this for the rest of the season.

He said he isn't in a zone …

He's lying. He's in a zone. He can say what he wants – I watched it. And you don't hit all those jumpshots in a row and not be in a zone. He's just not aware of it.

What does it say about his game that when they came out to guard him he went into the post and scored …

There's not a better scorer in the country – and I've said that from Day One. The boy can flat out score. But there are other parts of his game that he needs to improve on to be one of the best to play here. And he could be, and I've told him that. He just needs to work on it defensively and he'll be one of the best players to ever play here because he can flat-out score and do so many great things.

Talk about how far this team has come defensively -

I think we've done a great job the last four or five games, holding teams under 50% because before that it was much higher. We've just done a great job being into it defensively. We know that for this team to beat good teams, we've got to play well defensively and that's what we've been trying to do.


On the play of Jesse Holley -

He's young, but he does a lot of great things. He's strong, he's active, he's physical and brings a lot of energy to the team. … Jesse plays good defense and doesn't do things he can't do.

What's the most important thing for this team to improve upon for the remainder of the season?

Just executing our offense, playing great defense and playing together. We've got to work harder on box-outs.

What are the next four days like for you guys preparing for the Duke game?

We get tomorrow off and we'll relax, get some rest and take care of the academics. And we'll come out Thursday and Friday and work hard to prepare for the game.

Now having played with Coach Williams for almost a full year, how would you describe him?

Coach Williams is a guy that wants to win and takes the blame when we lose. He's saying ‘Maybe I'm not doing as good as a coaching job as I thought,' but we tell him ‘Coach you're doing a great job' and we've got to entrust in him and do the things we need to do – play smarter and play harder.


You seem to have been trying to be more active inside of late …

Yeah, I'm trying to get to the line. I figure if I score and everyone else scores we win games.

Have you put the head injuries behind you at this point?

Yeah, I don't have a choice. I have to put that stuff behind me and continue to try and get better.

What does it mean to you guys to be over .500 in the ACC for the first time this season?

The record doesn't really mean anything, I just want to get better and get into the NCAA Tournament.

Do you feel this team is primed to take down Duke this weekend?

You never know. Just going to practice hard this week and carry it over into the game.

Talk about Rashad's game tonight -

It was a great performance. It helps us open things up for other guys.

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