Tuesday Press Conference Quotes + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – UNC head coach Roy Williams, Sean May, Jawad Williams and Marvin Williams addressed the media from the Smith Center on Tuesday…

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On practice this week:
"We've gone a little bit back to basics. We spent about two hours on Sunday watching the tape. It was just a total breakdown up in D.C. Everything slipped a great deal. Sunday we didn't do anything, physically. We worked hard yesterday. We're still a little banged up, but there are a lot of teams across the country that are banged up and sitting by the pool resting. We'll taper off some on Wednesday and even more on Thursday. The kids have to accept what you're doing in practice. They have to be more focused and devoted in practice. Then they have to do it in the game."

On expectations:
"Everybody is entitled to their opinion. We've got to play, I don't care if the experts' know something about basketball or they wouldn't have the positions they have. I've never thought anyone's opinion ever won a basketball game. I think it's a tremendous regional. It's as strong as any I've every seen. Each year I think there are 12 to 16 teams that can legitimately win. There is a lot of success there."

On the overall health of the team:
"This has got to be the freshest team I've ever had physically. But it doesn't matter if you're not focused mentally, which is what happened up in D.C."

Do you want to try and execute the "scramble" defense more than you have lately:
"We should be able to apply more pressure because we're more focused. I don't think you just run around and double team unless you're good at it. We haven't been good at our scrambles all year. The rest of the stuff is our straight pressure man-to-man. I am hoping we are able to go back and get our regular pressure. I know I can putt, and I know what our team can do. But our team has not done very well with the scramble. We can create turnovers out of our regular man-to man pressure, and that's what we've got to get back to."

On the possibility of playing Kansas:
"No, I didn't want it. I didn't like it. But I'm not playing Kansas, I'm playing he Oakland/Alabama A&M winner. Then, if we win, we'll play again."

On the field in the region:
"I do believe there are some very tradition rich programs there. When I saw Villanova beat Kansas, I thought they were one of the best teams in the nation."

Will Rashad McCants start?
"I think he'll play more. Hopefully he and everybody else will play better defensively. That was our failing there. I have no decision on if he will start or not."

On the lack of assists the team has had lately:
"I would be surprised if I went back to see if there were any games in which we had less than 10 assists. That's not Carolina basketball to have nine assists. It is something that I was disappointed in and always will be."

On watching the tape with the team on Sunday:
"I don't think you ever put your finger on everything. Some people or mad, some people are hurt, some people are embarrassed and some people are all of the above. It's a very factual kind of session. I think they will bounce back and use that as focus, and I thought we were yesterday in practice. We had two pretty good days of practice last week and it didn't work."

On outside pressure:
"They better not care about outside pressure. They better take care of themselves. It's only one game. We're going to Charlotte to play one game. I'm not allowing any pressure. I wanted them to be proud when they saw they were a No. 1 seed. I want them to feel good about it, but it's hard to be ‘Rah, Rah, Go Carolina' when you haven't played very well."

On the chance of a 16-seed beating a one-seed:
"It's going to happen. It's one of those things. Clemson is going to beat UNC in Chapel Hill sometime. I hope it's not during my tenure."

On McCants' comment that the team played its best during the Maui Invitational:
"I think our best basketball was the last six games of the year. Not against those other teams, but did BYU make the tournament, did Tennessee make it; Iowa made the tournament. We beat N.C. State at N.C. State, Maryland at Maryland and Connecticut at Connecticut. But I have zero problems with Rashad thinking that."

On Buzz Peterson's firing:
"That was hard. It was someone in your family and someone who is a good person. Six coaches in the last 16 years, so it's not like it was the greatest job in the world. It's because of attendance, concessions and souvenir sales. I really didn't know that a basketball coach was responsible for how much popcorn was sold. You'll sell more Cokes if you put more salt on the popcorn. That was disappointing to hear that."

Do you try and limit what the players read and see in the media?
"I've tried to do is work them so hard that all they have time to do is eat and sleep. I just want them to do what is natural to them. They know there is a sense of pride in what they've accomplished by the number of former players that have shown up for games or dropped them a line. But I don't try to limit them from doing what they do naturally. I try to let them just do what's normal and focus on the game."

SEAN MAY (8:50)

On the ACC Tournament:
"We just didn't come to play. Watching the tape of the first half, was probably the worst we've played. We could have folded at halftime. We had an opportunity to send the game to overtime, but they just made plays."

On practice this week:
"[Coach Williams] just got back to telling us, ‘You guys have done so many good things this year, now is not the time to drop off.' We did a lot of things we weren't accustomed to doing. This week is getting back to playing the way we've been playing. We'll be fine."

On the strength of the Syracuse region:
"Right now, we're not looking past the first round. We have a tough region ahead of us, but at the same time, we're ready and we'll be prepared for whoever we face. There is a sense of urgency to play again, but right now this team needs a few days to regroup, get healthy and get back to form. This is one of those times we need a six-game winning streak."

On the focus of practice this week:
"It's been defense. Our defense hasn't been the greatest of late. We're also getting back to doing defensive stations and helping the helper. Offensively, we've totally stopped running, even though we lead the country in scoring."


On the difference being in the tournament this year as opposed to last year:
"Last year, I was just excited to be there. Now it's time to take care of business. We've been there once already and now it's time to go out there and play hard."

On proving the skeptics wrong:
"We're not out to prove anybody wrong. We know what we need to do. We could care less about what people think about us. I have said that all year. We're going to go out there with the same focus that we have all year."

What do you expect of yourself?
"I'm just going to go out there and play hard. Hopefully, my teammates will pick it up and I know they will."


On being named ACC Rookie of the Year:
"It's a blessing. There are a lot of big-time players in our conference, and for me to make conference Rookie of the Year – it's a blessing."

On practice this week:
"It was a tough one yesterday. It was a good, solid practice. It will probably be like that today. We've just got to get better, go to the drawing board and get better."

On the strength of the Syracuse region:
"The tournament is big-time. Our bracket is especially big-time. We're just going to take it one game at a time and see what happens."

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