UNC HEAD COACH ROY WILLIAMS
"We feel very good about the win, very good about some things that went on. We don't have a zone, so it's hard to practice against a zone when we don't have one ourselves. That was great for us tonight to get that practice. It was great to get 10 guys with double-figure minutes.
"We did try to do a lot of things with a lot of different lineups. Four freshmen, first time they were in there, so I think it was good for them. Gardner-Webb had an experienced team, and they made us look bad at times. I am disappointed in how we played, but I'm not disappointed in my team.
"I think it was a good night for us, and I think we learned a lot. Hopefully, we'll be able to do some things tomorrow morning in practice to help us get better, and we need to be better on Sunday. We talked about earlier this week, six games in 12 or 13 days.
"James Michael [McAdoo] 26 and 14, those are pretty big-time numbers. I'd like him to do it without having to take 20 shots. We've got to have the other guys be more active on the backboards and not just him. I've been saying, with Leslie [McDonald] and Reggie [Bullock] and P.J. [Hairston] that we're a good shooting team. One for 12 from the three-point line doesn't look like it, but Reggie was almost unselfish to a fault tonight. He's got to take a couple more of the shots and guys have to got be willing to screen for him to get him open too.
'All in all, I congratulate Gardner-Webb. They did some nice things and it was a great help for us, and hopefully they gained some things from it as well."
On what he would like to see from the new players
"Marcus [Paige] made some mistakes, but I thought he was in charge out there. I think he learned some things tonight. J.P. [Tokoto] didn't play as many minutes, but he is an active body. I thought Joel [James] and Bryce [Johnson] were so much better in the first half. I think all four of the guys gave us something and hopefully that will be something that we can go on. "
On whether or not it is concerning that Marcus Paige did not have assists
"We counted that he had several because two or three times there was a guy and that guy lays it up and gets fouled. Truthfully, that means the guard or whoever the passer is did his job. That really does not concern me. [On Marcus' four turnovers] That concerns me. Zero four, we don't like that, but he's a freshman, and he's going to be really good."
On whether Joel's play tonight will affect Sunday's starting lineup
"I don't know. We started him the second half, but I think he could do some good things. He's got to stay out of foul trouble. He made some silly little fouls. Three for three is pretty good. You can tie it but you can't beat it. Four fouls, you've got to make better decisions on that. I think he did some good things, we started him, like I said, in the second half. We're going to play all those guys."
On what more he wants from Reggie Bullock
"I can think of three situations completely where he's wide open. He's trying to be unselfish. Everybody else needs to try to be that way. The best shooter needs to try and step up and take some shots. He's doing what we asked him to do. He's taking it to an extent that it's a fault. I've said it before about good players, and I'm not really that concerned about Reggie. He'll be fine."
On how Dexter Strickland handled his first game back
"I thought he did some good things. We're still not as smooth as I want us to be, whoever is in the game. I get on Dexter a lot for dribbling so much, and one time at the end he's dribbling but nobody is doing anything to get open. That's not his fault. He does a nice job of attacking the basket, and I think he did that tonight. We've got to get him to get a couple of rebounds. Twenty-four minutes is about what I expected and hoped to get out of him. Really I don't want to push anybody, but especially Dexter, Leslie and Marcus."
On the expectations of the team
"Everyone is saying that we're the underdog. They don't think that we'll be as successful as we were last year because we lost so many guys. I think this was for us to set a statement; for us to go out there and punch them in the mouth first before they do that to us. I told everybody, 'Make sure you come out ready to play and be aggressive.
"I think we still need to do a better job. We still have some areas we need to go over and get better at in practice, and we have a lot of work to do but I think we have come a long way."
On the development of freshman players
"Brice (Johnson) is coming along very well. Marcus (Paige), as you can see, is doing very well. Joel (James), he still doesn't know how strong he is so once he figures that out he's going to be a problem. J.P. (Tokoto) is doing good for us. I think everybody is gelling together. Like I said, we still have a lot of work to do."
On his performance in the game
"Obviously I'm a little disappointed in how I turned the ball over, but that's a team thing also. I need to work on that a little bit. I had my moments too; I made some good passes, guys that got fouled, or just didn't finish the layup. I think I can build off this. It was a decent game. I got the first game out of the way and first game jitters out of the way. I think I did alright but there's definitely a lot of room for improvement."
On Coach Williams giving him confidence
"I think he (Coach Williams) has given me a lot of confidence and the guys are starting to have a little confidence in me. That's good for me, it helps me just focus on my game and not worry about a lot of other things. We also have guys like Luke Davis and Dexter (Strickland) who can play the 1. It's not completely on me to do everything which is also helpful that we have a solid backcourt."
On the "jitters" of his first game
"After the first few trips up and down, you make a good pass or a good defensive play, or you start to break a sweat, they (jitters) start to go away."
Gardner-Webb Head Coach Chris Holtmann
"I thought they [North Carolina] were terrific with their activity on the glass. That was obviously a point of emphasis coming in for us. I think they are such a well coached team, I know they are young but they are so well coached in what they do. Our zone slowed them down just a little bit, but I give them credit. I thought they were really disciplined in their attack. They hurt us where you can get hurt in the zone, and that was on the offensive glass."
On what his team can gain from this
"I think playing against a team with this size and length helps you more than anything. Obviously the environment is terrific and I think as Coach Williams's teams always have, they will continue to improve as the season progresses. I think our guys can take some confidence in the fact that they stayed with it. We talked to them about hitting singles in the second half. We want to hit singles and we want to win the four-minute battles that you have in the second half. We want to continue to chip away at it. I think we had good discipline, better shot discipline in the second half, we just played a little bit better in the second half and stayed with it. I'm proud of our guys for that but we certainly have a lot to clean up in terms of rebounding the ball better and not turning the ball over if we're going to be a better team."
On Carolina's Luke Davis, who transferred from Gardner-Webb
"Great kid. Great family. He's one of those kids that's just the salt of the Earth."