UNC-Duke Quotes
Release: 03/09/2014

North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams:

Opening Statement

 "That was a tough night for us, and I think that some of Mike's [Krzyzewski] comments after last game, that they didn't have 'it,' well I agree with him. It's hard to say what 'it' is, but whatever the hell it is, Jabari [Parker] found it. We got off to a bad start in the first half and bad start in the second half.  First half we were able to fight back, second half we were not able to fight back from their big-time start. Even when we got some turnovers, we ended up taking bad shots and didn't even capitalize when we got turnovers when we were pressing. Jabari - Rodney [Hood] also - but Jabari, that was about as impressive I've seen in a long, long time. Again, whatever 'it' was, he was possessed. I thought tonight was a fantastic exhibition. Between Jabari and Rodney, we really had trouble trying to figure out a way to stop them, and at the end of the night, we still didn't figure it out. Rebounding battles I thought, going into the game, was going to be key, and I thought it would be an area where we could - could - have an advantage, and instead, they just destroyed us on the backboards. When you look at 20 second-chance points for them and 10 for us - one of them was even on a free-throw at the end of the game, they missed a free-throw, and we got inside position, and Jabari got the offensive rebound off that missed free-throw, and they scored on that possession, as well. I congratulate those seniors for Duke. That's the way you'd like to go out, there's no question about that. North Carolina needs to play a heck of a lot better. We've got to get back to that sense of urgency that we had for a few weeks there. Kennedy - we tried to play Kennedy, but there wasn't much there. At the pregame meal today, he was throwing up at the pregame meal, and so we couldn't get much out of him, but we had other guys out there that still should have helped us do a better job on the backboards. As I said, one of the misses they had, they got the offensive rebound and put it back in, but when you're 27-for-31[from the free throw line]  there's not too many misses, and we needed them to help us by missing some free-throws. They missed a couple of free-throws, and if we capitalized and scored on a couple of more turnovers, and it could have been a lot more fun at the end."

 

On James Michael McAdoo getting fourth foul early in second half:

"Well, it hurt us there's no question about that, but he fouled him. If he had gotten a better box-out, the foul wouldn't have been called, but you have to overcome those kinds of things. We operate on a thin line. We need Marcus [Paige] and James Michael both really, really playing well. It hurt us to have James Michael over there with us for such a long time period."

 

On resiliency of players:

"I'm proud of our kids with their competitiveness, there's no question about that. This was a great college environment. It was a lot greater on their side probably, than it was on ours, but I like those kinds of things. I think it's a test of your will, also, to be able to focus and really play extremely well with your heart and your brain. I think we played really well with our heart and competed, but we didn't do as good of a job with our brain as we did with our heart, but I think we have a competitive bunch of kids there, and I enjoy them."

 

On regular season; improving from 1-4 to winning 12 games in a row:

"It's been hard, there's no question. My saving time for me is when I've been with those guys, the kids on the court. It's been a hard time for me for several months, but boy those kids have been fun. When it was 0-3 and when it was 1-4, they still came to practice and tried to get better every day, and they bought in even more, and bought in even more, and they bought in even more. So you appreciate that. It's hard to think about that right now - we just got our tails kicked, but they've saved Ol' Roy, because it's been a tough time period, and I've enjoyed every practice with them."

 

On early turnovers:

"I thought we tried to go too fast. Did you say two [turnovers] out of six possessions? The first six possessions were two bad shots, two turnovers, and two baskets, on layups, but you can't score two out of six against Duke. You've got to score better than that. I think we allowed their defensive pressure to dominate our offense several times, and I thought they did early first six possessions, I don't think we had more than two passes - somebody was jacking it up - usually that's not the kind of shots you want to get. Whether it was the environment or that they were fired up to play because it's Duke/Carolina, I don't know,  but we weren't very efficient early, and we weren't very efficient early in the second half either." 

 

 

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski

 

Opening Statement:

"Well it's a huge win for us, just like it was a huge win for them when they beat us there because it's a huge game. I thought both teams played extremely hard again. There were great stats. Our offensive rebounding was terrific. We got extra shots after that. Our seniors really started us off well. We had an unbelievable start to the game. Josh (Hairston) hadn't been playing and he played really well. I thought in the first half we had some really good looks. We were two-of-13 from three and we just haven't been shooting well, but at halftime we said 'just keep shooting, just keep shooting' and went six-of-10 in the second half. When they were fouling us, every kid stepped up there and shot their free throws. Jabari (Parker) was sensational and so was Rodney (Hood). This is the first game when the two of them were sensational together. They've both been good together, but they were sensational together. Fifty-four points is a lot of points from two kids. We beat a heck of a basketball team and they're really good. I'm thankful that we could finish the regular season undefeated at home and I want to thank our students. Spring Break started yesterday and they were here for our little get together last night and they provided this incredible atmosphere that's so unique to Cameron and that helped us a lot."

 

On the difference between halves:

"We hit shots. Jabari (Parker) got us off to a good start. We wanted to go in to him. He made plays tonight. He got the ball in different positions and I just thought he had his best spirit to score tonight. They're really good. We hit some threes. When you hit those threes, you start looking a lot better. The game can go really quickly into double-digits which it did. They're going to come back because they're good and we had the free throws."

 

On having a young team:

"We have really good kids. We're young and so when we get tired or we're not shooting well, sometimes we go inward instead of talking more which is something that veteran players and veteran teams don't do. Hopefully we're learning and can learn a little bit more this week in the ACC tournament so that for the NCAAs we're there. The season is a process. With this team, we have more development. They listen and they work hard. Wednesday and Thursday were crazy days for our program and my staff really was good with this team over the last couple of days. I benefitted greatly from that."

 

On Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker:

"With Jabari (Parker), he fought through things. It wasn't just smooth; he had to make plays against big guys who were good players. I think Rodney (Hood) didn't hold back. Sometimes when he misses he lets that get to him, he thinks it's a mistake and it's not. Tonight he didn't play like that. He's really good. Those two kids were very good tonight."

 

On three tough Saturday home games:

"It's a different season for our team than most teams because of that level of emotion in a game. It takes its toll on a team. Sometimes you're not able to respond as well. It's kind of like after we took the break after those five games and then with Wake (Forest). They played really well; I don't want to take away from what they did. We didn't have an edge. It's almost like we needed to decompress and you can't completely decompress in a season. Hopefully from this game we will be back. We're on Spring Break right now, so we'll have some time to practice during the day and that might help us a little bit going forward to the ACC tournament. No matter what we're the three seed. We're just happy with what's going on."

 

On recent health problems:

"It wasn't lightheadedness, it was different. I got all checked out. They said - I wish they hadn't said this - that I have the brain of a 20 year-old, I'd rather have the brain of a 30 year-old. After that they did all sorts of stress tests and said I have the heart of a 20 year-old. I said 'Well, something's wrong. I probably have an 80-year-old something going on.' I feel good. It's just been an emotional two months for me and I think that's it. I have to manage that better."

 


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