"We're extremely disappointed. It has been a really rocky road with some small bumps along the way. And yet after the Air Force game, I couldn't have been more proud of my team.
"We didn't do a very good job in the first half of stopping the dribble penetration. They shot 60-percent against us, but we were still just one or two plays away at the end.
"I've been doing this for 16 years and it's never easy this time of year because I have three kids sitting here (Jawad Williams, Rashad McCants and Raymond Felton) who want to win desperately.
"I am proud to be the North Carolina coach. I couldn't be anymore proud. I could be happier, but I could not be more proud.
"We dug ourselves a little too big of a hole against a very good team. We were a couple of little mistakes form having a lot of fun.
"I congratulate Texas because they made plays, they made free throws and they made shots when they had to make them. The scoreboard says 78-75 and that's the bottom line."
On Texas' depth:
"It's a situation I like. They can put a lot of different people out there. I think the bench points were 34-7. That's a big positive and yet I'm not trying to be so critical of my bench. It is nice to be able to play people and not worry about fouls or stamina as much."
On UNC's final possession:
"When you are down three points with eight seconds and no timeouts, you're lucky to have anything. We got the ball to the right guy. You just don't have good odds down three points with eight seconds left."
On Rashad McCants' final shot:
"They defended it very well. I would have liked a better shot, but we couldn't get a screener there on time. They defended it very well."
On whether or not his entire team will return next year:
"I expect to have all of them back. I'm hopeful they'll hurt long enough this spring, summer and fall to make the commitment to making their individual games better and be willing to make the team better."