Tuesday PC Quotes + Audio

Inside Carolina's Tuesday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Roy Williams, Will Graves and Wake Forest head coach Dino Gaudio, who spoke to the media as the Tar Heels welcome Wake Forest to the Smith Center on Wednesday.

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ROY WILLIAMS

(15:33)

Injury update:
"Larry [Drew] is expected to practice and Ed is expected to be limited at best. And the reason I say that is because after practice yesterday, that was the feeling that we had and Ed has already had treatment today. Larry must have felt better because he hasn't been by for treatment."

If Ed is limited, how would you interpret that for tomorrow?
"I don't know. That's the best answer I can give you. Some guys that are limited… The day before Virginia Tech, Marcus [Ginyard] was limited but looked great and jumped right in and felt good and was able to go. Before the College of Charleston game, Will Graves and Marcus were both limited and neither one played. So I'd like to give you a better answer, but I just don't have one."

What happens to your rotation if Ed doesn't play? Will John Henson move to the 4 spot?
"If Ed ends up limited tomorrow, he probably won't play at all. I mean, why? We have a six-day break after that, so I don't know. We're in unchartered waters, so it's hard to make plans. I would think that Will would slide to the 4 before John Henson would because he's done it before. But again, it's conjecture, because I really don't know."

On the team's defensive progression:
"It's strange because we've gotten so we can do some really good things in practice. We haven't taken that transformation to the game yet, but I think it's a step. I still think this can be a really good defensive ball club, especially when we're healthy. Because if Marcus is the best perimeter defender, then we're not going to be as good without him in there. And with Dexter [Strickland], Leslie [McDonald] and all of the freshmen, they've got to be getting better as we go along, too. But we've had some moments in practice recently that we've done a nice job defensively and we've got to do that kind of thing and make that change and do it on game day, too."


WILL GRAVES

(8:38)

On the team needing to buy in:
"It took us a while with Ty [Lawson] and everyone in that class to buy into what he was coaching us [to do], and when we did, we won a national championship. And if we can just buy into it this year, the sky's the limit for us."

How badly does this team need a leader at this point in the year?
"I feel we do have leaders. It's just more of everyone wanting to do what's right and do what we need to do as a team to be successful. Marcus is a great leader. Deon is a great leader. It's just a matter of all of us coming together and buying into it."


DINO GAUDIO

(3:03)

On Wake's forwards and their importance in Wednesday's game:
"I think our big guys are an integral part of our success. [Aminu] has been playing well throughout the year. Thank goodness Chas McFarland is starting to come around and play like he's capable of playing. Those guys are really important to what we're trying to do and they have to play well for Wake Forest to play well."


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