UNC-Virginia: Doherty Postgame Press Conference

<p>CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – North Carolina head coach Matt Doherty addressed the media after his team set a school-record by losing its 16th game of the season in a 73-63 loss to Virginia.

Here is what Doherty had to say.

Opening remarks.

I sit here disappointed that we didn't come away with the win. We had our opportunities. I am proud of our guys for the way they dug back down 16 points. We got a lead and weren't able to get the shots we wanted the next several possessions in a row. So we were fortunate to get some points off turnovers and I thought our foul shooting kept us in the game but you have to give them credit. They are good athletes, did a good job on the offensive boards. They had 21 points off the offensive boards and that was a concern. It was a tough challenge keeping them off the boards.

On if the Heels expended all of their energy trying to come back.

I don't know. It was, I don't think, effort. It wasn't like all of the sudden we fatigued or anything. I think it was execution. We had a couple of breakdowns where we had some plays set that weren't executed properly. Maybe it's mental fatigue, I don't know. They're as tired as we are. I don't buy into that theory in that situation. We just didn't make the plays when we had that lead.

On if there was a tendency to rush to get the lead back after UVa re-took the lead at 58-56.

I don't know. They went zone, which was probably a good move. It changed up their defense and so we had to go into some zone sets and didn't execute them as well as we'd like in that situation. I think that was a good move on Coach (Pete) Gillen's part.

On UNC's zone that slowed down UVa after it got out to a quick 19-3 lead.

Our man-to-man has been fairly decent at times except for the Wake Forest game and we were concerned about their athleticism and the way they go towards the basket. But the zone slows them up and forces them to pass on the perimeter quite a bit. They scored 73 and I am not sure what their average is but it is probably more than that. So it did put the tempo in our favor and helped us.


Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He is also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.


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