BB: Friday PC Quotes + Audio

Inside Carolina's Friday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Roy Williams and Tyler Zeller, who spoke to the media as the Tar Heels prepare for Saturday's contest against Texas at Cowboys Stadium.

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ROY WILLIAMS

(22:50)

Marcus Ginyard and Dexter Strickland injury updates:
"Marcus – well, I did expect him to play and I sort of still do. His foot is a lot better, he went about 40 to 50 percent of practice yesterday. And then was going a little bit more today until he sprained his pinkie finger. I told him I was just dadgum happy something happened to him besides his foot. So we had to hold him out to the end, but I think he'll just tape that. At this time, I don't even know if they did anything other than tape it or whatever. If they did anything else, they've done it in the last couple of hours.

"I'm a little more hesitant about Dexter. He was still limping a little bit today, and if he's still feeling tight like that tomorrow morning, I will not play him, but I would like to watch him warm up and see before I make a decision on him. So I think probable on Marcus and questionable on Dexter."

What's the challenge if Dexter can't go?
"The same as it was the other night, but we're a little bit better because if Marcus is playing, Marcus would be the backup point guard as opposed to Marc Campbell and then Deon [Thompson] or something like that. We'd be a little better off."

On the schedule:
"I've always felt really comfortable about playing a really good schedule. It's just that this year that Ohio State, either when we played them or right before we played them, they were probably top-15. After we played Syracuse, they're like No. 5 or No. 6 now. Michigan State, when we played them, was like No. 8. Kentucky is like No. 3 and Texas is No. 2. I don't think anybody in the country has played five teams like that, and only one of them in our building…

"If it helps our team in the long run, we won't worry about it at the end of the year. And if we lose a little confidence and get shaken, we'll have to figure out a way to get it back."

On the creation of the UNC-Texas matchup at Cowboys Stadium:
"They called and said Texas was going to play the first basketball game there, and either they wanted it to be North Carolina, or Jerry Jones wanted it to be North Carolina, or Roger Staubach wanted it to be North Carolina, [it was] somebody. At that time, it was said that they wanted to get the largest crowd ever for an individual regular-season game. So all of those things sounded good and I said, `Our team is probably not ready for that,' knowing that we already had all those other games scheduled, but I said, `What the heck?'

"And I think in the six years that I've been here that our schedule at the end of the season has been ranked in the top-20 or top-25. We always try to play a difficult schedule and we always try to play four or five really big-time games and half of them on the road and half of them at home. The fact that only one of these has been at home is what's made it a little more difficult."

On playing at Cowboys Stadium:
"There's nothing unique about playing in a big building. We do that all of the time… But, from what I hear and what I see, there's big buildings, and then there's Cowboys Stadium. That video board, I can't hit a drive from one end of it to the other and I used to hit the driver pretty good. A lot of things are big in Texas. That's got to be the biggest. I'd hate to have that in my bedroom."


TYLER ZELLER

(7:32)

What have you seen from Damion James that impresses you?
"We've seen a lot of things. He's a very versatile player. He's going to challenge us every possession on defense. We've just got to get down and make him do things he doesn't want to do."

On the difficulty of the schedule:
"It's great for us. We've got nine underclassmen coming in and playing all of these great teams. You learn very quickly that you've got to play at a high level. You can't come out every night where you're playing these other schools, nothing against them, but they just can't play at a high enough level. It's definitely great for our freshmen especially, who haven't played against that kind of competition to be able to learn that they need to get better and better to be able to be there at the end of the season."


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