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:
"Since we talked last we had a nice last home game and we were able to win there and then got our tails kicked badly on Saturday night. So we're limping around a little bit now, mentally and physically, but we've got to have a great practice today and get ready for what's going to happen this weekend at the tournament."

On having to win four games in a row to earn a NCAA Tournament bid:
"Well, thankfully, it's something that we're not used to. We played on the first day in our first year back. The entire time we were in the Big 12 we never played on the first day, so it is something that's unusual for us and I'm glad it's unusual for us. We just have to prepare to play Georgia Tech and if play well against Georgia Tech, perhaps somebody will let us stay around and play somebody else. It is something different. It is something that's a huge challenge, but at the same time, that's the only goal that we have standing in front of us. Then we'll see what happens after that… It's not a comfortable position and it's one that I'm not enjoying, to say the least, but what we did in the regular season is behind us."

Are there any positives to pull from heading into this weekend?
"You'd really have to be about as positive as human being that ever lived to see a lot of encouraging things from Saturday. Duke just played great and kicked us every way that you can kick us. But I think we've been getting better down the stretch. I thought we could have won a couple of games that we didn't. We did win a couple of games right before the Duke game, so I think we're getting better, but we've got to continue that. And we've got to get guys healthy. In the second half against Duke, after the early moments, I didn't play Will Graves anymore. We don't have Leslie and of course, we don't have Ed [Davis] or David [Wear]. It would help us to get people healthy. We gave them [Sunday] off, so I have no idea how Deon [Thompson] and Will and Leslie are feeling, so I won't know that until we get to practice later today."

On players posting updates on social networking sites:
"You're talking about the Tweeter, Twitter, whatever that is? We just tell them that this is America and you can do what you want to do, but if you put something on that, it's not personal, you're not communicating with one person directly, it's open to the public. It's what it is in today's times. I was reading something just this weekend talking to old-timers about what they would be doing and some of them thought they would be doing it and others didn't. It's what it is. It's the social network of today. It's the kids of today.

"Again, as I said earlier, we tell them, ‘When you put something out there, it's not sending a letter to your Aunt Mary. You're sending a letter to everyone out there.' But at the same time, this is America. Freedom of the press, freedom of expression, freedom of speech and all of those kinds of things. I'm not going to tell a player that he can't do any of those kinds of things when everybody in the classroom and everybody at a social event is doing it except him."

Do you forbid anything from being posted?
"We do tell them that things that go on in the locker room, they've got to decipher what should stay there and what shouldn't. What is general knowledge and what is something that should be kept within the team. I don't think that everything that goes on with our basketball team should be public knowledge to everyone else.

On what's needed to make a run in the ACC Tournament:
"We do have to get some breaks. We've got to stay out of foul trouble because we're thinner than we would like to be. We've got make sure that we don't turn the ball over, because that's something that's been killing us all year long. If we can keep our mistakes limited and then the simple thing that you've heard me say all year is that it will help if we make some shots."

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