NCAA Wed.: UNC PC (w/audio)

Inside Carolina's Wednesday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Roy Williams, Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington, Ty Lawson and Danny Green, who spoke to the media at the Greensboro Coliseum as the Tar Heels prepare for Radford on Thursday.

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ROY WILLIAMS

(20:15)

Opening remarks:
"Basically, the opening statement would be that there is a huge, huge probability that Ty will not play tomorrow. We're still trying to wait and see. He was not able to do the things that I wanted him to do in practice. So some things would have to change drastically before I would change my mind on that. So that's what y'all wanted to know, we can probably leave now."

Just to sort of follow-up on that. He said he could go through a little bit limited yesterday and today. What more do you want to see from him at this point? Is it just running full and going or what?
"Just being able to do more. I mean, he hasn't done anything live yesterday on or today. I mean, he went through the dummy stuff. Went through the shooting stuff. But he hasn't done anything live where you're playing against anybody."

Does there come a point where it becomes his call? I mean, is he willing to play hurt? Are you willing to let him do it?
"It hasn't gotten to that point yet. I should never say never. I don't see that happening."

Are you concerned that this is going to linger on for a long period of time and he might not be available for the entire tournament?
"First of all, is there a doctor in the house? ... What was your question? I went for the doctor."

Is it going to linger for a while?
"I don't think so. But I've been surprised already. I mean, before the Duke game a week and a half ago he says, coach, I'm a lot better, I can go. So I checked with the doctors and they said, yeah, the swelling is gone, blah, blah, blah. So we went out and our trainer watched him move around before the Duke game. So he played. And he wasn't very bad.

"You know, but then the next day the swelling just surprised everybody. And the extent of the swelling surprised everybody. So it took certain number of days to get the swelling down. Then the soreness is still there, the pain is still there. So I think it surprised everybody so far. Even the days are sort of running together now, but there was a time this week I thought he'd be able to play tomorrow, and there's been other times including right now that I've said no."

Yesterday you said you were probably as discouraged as any time since Ty had injured his toe. Are you more encouraged today then that he's made some progress?
"No."

No?
"No. I thought after yesterday -- again, yesterday all he did was shoot the ball and go through some dummy offense things, and that's all he did today. So I was hoping there would be a little more improvement on it."


TYLER HANSBROUGH & WAYNE ELLINGTON

(10:58)

Hansbrough
What did you learn last year playing without Ty, and can you incorporate that if he's going to miss some time during the tournament?
"Well, we're not really sure if he's going to play or not. But either way we've been practicing all this time without him. We've been prepared for him. We know what it's like without him. So it's not like it's something new or anything like that. Some guys are just going to have to step up and play like Bobby and Larry."

The experience of going through a season with the bulls eye on your back all year, what was that like, and what did that put into this team that can be valuable now in this tournament?
"We have a target on our back every game. You know, we have to be prepared. We know we're getting everybody's best shot. So any time we let down, you know, someone else is going to come right at us."

Ellington
If Danny came to you, which he may have, but if he came to you and asked for advice on how to get out of his shooting slump, what would you give him?
"Just to get in the gym and get a lot of shots up. See the ball going a lot of times. You know, in the game just playing the flow. Don't try to rush anything. Try to get some easy ones. Get to the basket a few times. Maybe get to the foul line, just play in the flow and it will come back."

The experience of going through a season with the bulls eye on your back all year, what was that like, and what did that put into this team that can be valuable now in this tournament?
"I mean, it's definitely tough. You have to stay on top of your game night in and night out. Everybody's gunning for you. Your away teams, the crowd, they'd love to run on the floor after they beat you. So you've just got to be on top of your game. Bring your A-game. You know, it's tough, but that's the way you come into it when you come into the University of North Carolina."


TY LAWSON

(4:30)

When will a decision be made if you're going to play on Thursday?
"Probably a gametime decision, honestly."

Were you able to do what the coaching staff asked of you yesterday and today in practice?
"Most of it. There was just a couple of things that I wasn't able to do, like cutting and playing defense and things like that."

What did you do in practice today?
"Dummy offense, fast break drills -- a couple of those -- and just running and shooting on the sidelines. Just trying to get back to running without limping."

How is the toe compared to last week?
"I couldn't even run -- I couldn't even bend it over the weekend. I couldn't walk without limping, and now I'm walking fine and I'm able to run at like a slow jog and sprint a little bit, so it's way better now."

Is your message to Coach Williams that you want to play or that you can play?
"I want to play, but it's just hard to push off of it. So we're going to keep icing it today and work on it tomorrow, and hopefully the pain will go away."


DANNY GREEN

(4:44)

What's the key to being successful in this tournament?
"You've got to be focused and you've got to come out with a lot of intensity. There's no tomorrow. You can't practice again if you lose. So we've got leave everything out on the floor and we've got to come out with intensity. We can't let anybody jump on us. We can't dig ourselves in a hole, because it's really tough to come back. This time of year, in a tournament like this, anybody can win."


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