Monday Roy Williams Quotes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina head coach Roy Williams spoke with reporters Monday for his weekly ACC teleconference.

Opening comments:
"I don't have a lot of comments. We played two games and got our tails kicked both times. We had some good moments at Virginia Tech and not so many good moments at College Park. I thought that Maryland played really well yesterday. Their backcourt – look at their numbers – was sensational. And I thought we were right there Thursday night against Virginia Tech, but they made plays. Malcolm Delaney made two huge 3-pointers for them and it goes from a one-point game to a seven-point game. We never got the lead back after that, even though we did get it down to one possession. And then Sunday they kicked us pretty good."

On the importance of having Tyler Hansbrough against Duke the previous four years:
"Well, it was big, but not just against Duke. For four years, he was the leading scorer and the leading rebounder and he was everybody's security blanket. When we threw the ball inside we felt like we were going to get a great opportunity to score and possibly even get fouled. When a guy shoots probably 55 percent for his career and takes a lot of shots against a defense that's aimed at him and sometimes against double teams, that's a pretty good luxury. He was huge for us not just in the Duke game, but in every game."

On enjoying the ride:
"I don't think there's any question that you need to enjoy the ride and enjoy the journey. We've won two national championships in the last five years and they joy that I had wasn't nearly as high as the lows are when you do struggle a little bit. You tend to focus more. For 15 years I guess, I know since '97, I ‘ve tried to get our fans and players and everyone to focus on enjoying the journey and not just look down the road at what might happen. If you don't enjoy the good times, the bad times can just kill you. It's ridiculous.

"The way I'm feeling right now, I'm wondering if I'm worth anything, wondering what I'm doing. You can't eat, you can't sleep, and yet, just last year we won a national championship, which we dream about. So there's now question that you need to appreciate the good times a heck of a lot more than everybody does appreciate it while it's going on, not just waiting for what could possibly happen one Monday night in April."

On Eric Hayes' impact for Maryland:
"Vasquez does so much for them – the enthusiasm, the emotion, the competitiveness. He plays really, really hard and that is huge for their team, but it's also huge what Eric does. Eric was 5-for-6 yesterday, 4-for-5 from 3-point line, had five assists and only two turnovers. I looked at the stats of their two starting guards and they had 42 points, 16 assists and six turnovers. They were 15-for-28 from the floor, 10-of-16 from the 3-point line, so it's not just Greivis.

"At times, they may fit maybe better than any pair of guards in the league and just compliment each other well. I'm not saying they're the best, even though they've got to be in a very short discussion about being the best guard combination in the league. But they fit so well because Greivis is such an up-and-down full court player and Eric gives them a little stability and doesn't do many wacko things, and I mean that in a good way. But they're just so productive and they're good defensively."

Is facing Duke a good thing for this team?
"Yeah, if you tell me we're going to win, then it comes at a great time. But if your team is struggling and you're facing a big rival, you are going to be enthused about playing them anyway. Now if you're struggling, you know how difficult it's going to be, but you also have that concern about your confidence levels. If you lose six out of eight, I don't know if playing Duke the next game is a good thing any way that you look at it, but we should get their undivided attention and their undivided effort."

Tyler Zeller update:
"He had food poisoning on Thursday night when we left Blacksburg, so we didn't even take him to Maryland with us. He's having an X-ray at [noon] today and having a MRI at 8:00 tonight."

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