UNC-VT: Roy Williams Quotes + Audio

BLACKSBURG, Va. – North Carolina coach Roy Williams addressed the media following the Tar Heels' 64-61 win over Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum on Tuesday. Read & listen to what he had to say…

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Opening remarks
"It weird to look at the stat sheet and how you can win with 25 turnovers. I loved our guys' poise after the first four minutes of the second half, which were about as miserable as it could possibly be. When we didn't turn it over we made shots. We shoot 63 percent in the second half and Wes [Miller's] threes were really big for us. Tyler [Hansbrough] making free throws – I know he missed one tonight – were really huge for us. It was a heck of a basketball game for us. You want to win and get out of town as fast as you can in this league."

On his decision to call a timeout down 19-9
"I was just so ticked off about those stupid turnovers. We'd dribble it down the court and change from point guard to big guy and throw the daggum thing out of bounds. We had five turnovers tonight just passing and catching the ball. They didn't deflect it and they didn't steal it; it was just passing and catching the ball. We just weren't sharp and I didn't like our whole attitude at that point. You can't have that many turnovers. Quentin had a tough night, but I still believe he's going to be able to do some good things for us. He's got to put that behind him."

On the turnovers
"You don't deserve to stay in the game if you're playing like that. You may as well send those guys to the locker room. I wasn't that pleased with the guys that came in when I substituted those five guys, but at least it gave me a chance to jump on the five that started and try to get them refocused."

About the slow start
"I've never believed you've got to come out of the gate early. We were down 11-0 the other night and still won. What I think you've got to do is play the whole 40 minutes and understand that you're going to have bad stretches. But you can belabor that; you have to be prepared for what's coming. Inside of 16 minutes, I certainly can't do anything about what we've already done. But it was an ugly start to both halves.

On Wes Miller's extended role
"Well he's had a couple of tough games where he was 1-for-4 or stuff like that. But he's had two games in a row where he's 2-for-3 and helped stretch the defense. I didn't think Marcus [Ginyard] was playing as well defensively…and yet when I took Wes out with four minutes left and put Marcus in, they had three straight possessions where they didn't score and Marcus played defense really well. I've got eight or nine guys that know they're going to play. Who plays the most is who plays the best. It's a pretty simple thing for us as long as our team wins. When Wes made those two threes, I don't think there was anybody happier about it than Marcus."

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