Monday Roy Williams Quotes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina head coach Roy Williams updated Ty Lawson's status during Monday's ACC teleconference, as the junior point guard recovers from an injured right big toe suffered in practice last Friday.

Opening remarks:
"It was a great week for us. It was an extremely satisfying win on the road at Blacksburg on Wednesday night. And then big win on Senior Day here yesterday to allow the seniors to have such positive feelings about their last home game. Fortunately, along with that, was the No. 1 seed in the [ACC] Tournament, so it was a great week for us. We've had a lot of really, really good ones, but we've had some slip-ups as well, but this one feels really good."

On Ty Lawson's toe injury:
"They say it's something that takes quite a while to go away. We're off today, for everybody. Tomorrow is just a run-and-shoot and we'll hold Ty out from that tomorrow. Hopefully the 72 hours will be really good for him. I don't think anybody really knows. Each youngster, each person reacts to that kind of injury much differently, and so we'll just have to wait and see on him.

"He was in a quite a bit of pain when it happened on Friday. It was just sore as he was trying to push off on it. But it was not the severe pain on Saturday that he had on Friday, and then last night after the game, he was in quite a bit of pain again. So we'll just have to wait and see."

On Friday, you're going to be playing an opponent that needs to beat you for a shot at the NCAA Tournament – is that good or bad for your team?
"I think you've got to play well on that day. In the same [type of] scenario, you could say that Virginia Tech, for example, had the same feeling on Wednesday night that they would have played on Saturday. They felt like they needed to get another win in the regular season, so I think it just depends on how you play. We've got to make sure that nobody – I always use the old expression, ‘Our want-to has got to be just as big as their want-to.' We've got to have the same enthusiasm, the same intensity and then play."

Do you think the three 7-9 ACC teams are worthy of NCAA consideration?
"I think that our league is just so incredible. If you have seven wins in our league, and just put them on the board and compare them to seven wins that somebody else has, I think it's got to stand up to it. This is just a phenomenal league – the competition, the quality of the teams. It's going to be a shame that if we spend time beating up on everybody and it hurts some of our teams from getting in. Those 7-9 teams… Nobody wants to play those 7-9 teams, I don't care who you are."

On if his feelings about the ACC Tournament has changed any:
"It's what it is… It's still a party. I don't care what anybody says. It's a party to make money. It's the granddaddy of all tournaments. I loved it as a fan. I don't love it as much as a coach with the attention that the other tournament gets and the emphasis that we try to put on it. We've won the ACC Tournament the last two years in a row, and we didn't win the NCAA Tournament. Now, how do you think our fans feel about what we've done?

"I even had one publication last year [ask] if the season was a success or a failure. We go 36-3 and won the regular season and the ACC Tournament. So you tell me how important it is when somebody's going to say that you're 36-3 and win those things and then they ask if the season is a success or a failure. So you get to answer your own question."


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