Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Did you miss what Roy Williams said on his radio program Monday night? Here are some excerpts from the live call-in show hosted by Woody Durham ...

Opening remarks:
"We didn't practice today. It was the first day of class for the semester so we gave the guys the day off. That's probably a good thing. I wasn't in a very good mood all day and I'm not in a good mood now, so it's probably a good thing that the youngsters didn't have to talk to me today."

On Wake Forest's ability to move Tyler Hansbrough away from the basket:
"Well, they forced him away from the basket, and when he was in close, they made him alter his shots a great deal. But they were just good. They were better than we were last night. It wasn't the moon, and it wasn't anything else, but a lot of things upset you during the course of the game and some really upset me last night, but the bottom line is that Wake Forest played better basketball than North Carolina did."

On his defensive preference:
"I like playing man-to-man defense, and I liked it when I was a player 100 years ago. Coach Smith always thought that was the best way to defend people, and I believed it at that time. So for 21 years as a head coach, that's what we've liked and we've been fairly successful at it."

Why does it seem that this veteran team doesn't seem to be playing with any continuity or confidence right now?
"It's college basketball and it's kids, is the only thing I can tell you. For 13 games, I thought we were playing that way. Everybody was singing our praises and talking about going undefeated and all of those kinds of things. That was about eight or nine days ago. I don't think in any season I've ever had where a team plays confidently the same way throughout the course of the season. You'll have some guys that you play very well, some games you play poorly, some games you win pretty and some games you win ugly. Things change.

"But it is a veteran team, and I think we did have great continuity for [13] games, but I don't think we were as good as everyone was acting like we were at that time and said so after every game in saying some things that I may have been disappointed in. I think that the Boston College game was a different tempo than we had been forced to play all year, and it was a little bit of a choppy game. And yesterday there were 77 free throws – it's hard to have a lot of continuity during the course of a game like that.

"But I think we're going to wait and play and practice every day and take a look at it at the end of the year and hopefully we'll have more continuity than we had yesterday and last Sunday as well.

What teachable moments did you take away from the game?
"[On Tuesday], they come in the weight room at 3:10 p.m. and the NCAA rules say that you can practice four hours, so we will dismiss them at 7:10 p.m. [Tuesday] night, because we're going to watch the entire game tape. We'll do some work out on the court as well. I think our kids trust us, but everybody's always defensive in some way – ‘Well I did this' – so that's the reason we're going to watch the whole game tape tomorrow and show where we made mistakes that can be changed easily. And it was some of those things.

"I'll give you an example. I've been a head coach for 21 years. For 21 years, our point guard has taken the ball out underneath the basket. And [Sunday] was the first time in 21 years as a head coach that we really had the problems that we had on Sunday. We used two timeouts. The one in the first half didn't bother me because if you're going to take one in the first half, if you don't use it, you lose it. But I would have liked to have had a timeout at the end of the game.

"I used mine, but if we had one more timeout, wouldn't it have been a lot of fun to have gotten that rebound with three seconds left to see if we could have come up with some magical thing that might have upset those people up there a little bit? And it's just something little like that. And the timeout that was called was because a guy just went out and lined up in the wrong place. It's something as simple as that."

On the officiating:
"I'll say this – it's a hard game. It's just a hard game to officiate. But last night, that did not beat us. There's no way, shape or form that I would ever say that. Even if I felt like that, I would never say it, and I don't feel like that. At the end of each game, a coach has some feelings, sometimes they're okay and sometimes they're good and sometimes they're bad. I don't think I have to say what my feelings were last night after the game.



"Roy Williams Live" airs Monday evenings on Tar Heel Sports Network affiliates.


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