UNC-WFU: Roy Williams Postgame

UNC-WFU: Roy Williams Postgame

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's post game coverage includes video and transcript excerpts of head coach Roy Williams's postgame press conference following UNC's victory over Wake Forest on Tuesday.

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Opening remarks:
"Well, it was a good night for us. I think that Jeff's team didn't play nearly as well he wanted them to play. They missed some shots they would normally make but I though defensively we were pretty good in the first half. We were not as good offensively. We turned it over on the break. We had three times where we threw it through the guy's hands on the break. Still you have to feel good about the score going into halftime., but I wanted us to do a better job of taking care of the basketball. Reggie and P.J. both took quick shots that we didn't need to take, but we've had a lot of games where there are more than two of those in the first half.

"Overall I'm pleased. Reggie and James Michael were big for us tonight. Last summer I said they needed to be big for us every night and they were big for us tonight, to say the least. I really have been up and down on a roller coaster of emotions with P.J. Sunday night I was very enthused. I thought he was going to be able to play. He had a smile on his face. He went through some pretty concentrated shooting drills and didn't have a headache and the whole bit.

"I think he probably would have passed the concussion test that night, because we set it up for him to take it on Monday, and then at about 2 o'clock in the morning he got up and was throwing up. It wasn't anything to do with the concussion. He had a virus, a 24-hour deal. So this morning he called and said he felt great and he performed very well on the concussion test, so I was going to try to give him no more than 2 or 3 minutes at a time. I guess he got 12 minutes. But it was good to see him back in there, but again I think Reggie and James Michael were pretty big for us putting the ball in the basket."

On first half defense:
"I think we did try to challenge the shot. We tried to get out there to C.J. and Travis, and it helped us with Travis getting in foul trouble in the first half -- let's be realistic about that. We didn't hold them to nearly as good a percentage in the second half, and I thought we were going to have good percentage -- I think we made one of our last eight or nine shots -- but we're trying on the defensive end. I think we're getting better on the defensive end. We had some lapses where guys penetrated down the middle, some of those things that every coach is going to find something he doesn't like."

On the run to end the first half:
"We got good shots. We really did get good shots. We ran a couple set plays and got good shots. I remember one time they got a wide open shot and missed it and we go to the other end and we're not quite as open and ours goes in....I don't look at the score very often but I looked up one time and it was a 6 or 8 point game, and there wasn't much time left in the half and I think we made a pretty significant run and that might be what you're talking about.

"We got some stops on the defensive end and ran some breaks too where we didn't throw it away. One time we had a break and Marcus bounces it to Jackson and it goes right through his hands. And then we have P.J. shooting three free throws after a foul and makes the first, misses the next two, and we tip it out and get the ball again and miss a wide open three there too. But I thought we did play well right before the half."

On balanced scoring in first half:
"I hope that everyone we put in the game understands we need them to add something positive. It doesn't have to be scoring. But it could be there doing it on the defensive end or the backboard or whatever. I've always said that the best teams have more than one or two guys who can score, and I think we have a lot of guys who can shoot the ball. I was happy to see Leslie shoot 2-for-4 because he's struggled a bit recently. Reggie was back tonight -- 4-for-5 from the three point line. But I like a lot of guys to score."

On points off turnovers in the first half:
"To me it was the story in the first half, because we were running and getting the ball off the break. I don't know what we said we had off the break in the first half. Sometimes those only count primary break not just our secondary, but I think that was huge for us. We turned it over too many times too, though, and we gave them some opportunities as well."

On health of the team and team's maturity dealing with illnesses:
"I think we're more mature and more experienced playing all the games we've already played. Sunday night, to be honest with you, I was wishing we were playing on Wednesday instead of Tuesday because I felt that extra day would help us. I think it's been going around campus....Desmond got up Sunday morning not feeling well. P.J. was in the middle of the night Sunday night and early Monday morning. And James Michael's back was bothering him. I think we're more mature and more experienced but it does help us to have everyone available."

On Wake's defensive struggles:
"I'm always seeing how we're doing on the offensive end. Are we setting the guy up? Are we setting screens? Are we doing what we're supposed to be doing? So I don't have any idea about evaluating their defensive play. I liked the shots we were getting. Again, we shoot 51.6 but I think it was 1-for-8 or 9 to finish the game. I think we moved it better. We have to get Joel and Brice in better shape because they were really dragging there trying to play those three or four minutes there."

On James Michael McAdoo's tough starts two games in a row and taking him out early:
"I took him out Saturday because I didn't like the way he was playing so I was mad at him. Today I just gave him a break. I wanted to get him involved in the game quicker, but when he came to shootaround today he was only here for 6 or 7 minutes because he had class and he didn't get out of class until shootaround was already over.

"He talked at that time about his back being very stiff while sitting in class -- nothing physical. He did some treatment with the trainer after pregame. But it was two entirely different situations because he felt good before the game on Saturday and today he was just a little stiff. But maybe we'll have to get him outside, let him find an outside goal and shoot on it a half hour before the game starts, get him warmed up."

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