UNC-Duke Quotes
Release: 02/10/2017

UNC-Duke Postgame Quotes

Duke 86, UNC 78


North Carolina head coach Roy Williams:

Opening Statement:

“They were very impressive the entire second half. The first half it was up and down; they would make a run, we would make a run. The second half, when it got to 70-70, I thought it would continue like that. We make one of two at the free throw line and go up by one and then [Luke] Kennard comes down and makes two to go up one and we come down and miss the first shot of a one-and-one and then they go down and score, I think it was Jayson [Tatum] that time off of the corner. Jayson was magnificent for them in the second half. He had zero points at halftime and had 19 in the second half. They’re a tough matchup, they made 7 out of 12 threes in the second half. We didn’t make the plays that we needed to in the last three or four minutes. I have to give them credit. We took care of the basketball, we didn’t turn it over, but we still didn’t get the offense that we wanted. We were running our offense 35 feet from the basket. Credit their defense for that.”

On the impact of Isaiah Hicks’ absence:

“Well he didn’t play. North Carolina still played Duke and you can say all of that stuff as an excuse. We would’ve liked to have had him, but North Carolina still played.”

On Kennedy Meeks’ performance:

“They’re good defensively. I didn’t think he moved very well at times. They’re good defensively, they have a lot of guys that are similar size wise and they switch a lot of things. We didn’t get very good movement inside. I was disappointed in that.”

On his team’s free throw shooting performance:

“We were shooting great at practice, so I hope it’s just one of those nights. I didn’t like going 8-for-15 in the second half, that usually gets you beat in close games. You can pick out anything: we didn’t make the free throws, we didn’t run our offense effectively, about three straight possessions we were out there, late clock from 30 feet trying to do something.”

On what his team did really well:

“In the first half I liked the fact that I thought we were focused and bad plays didn’t affect us. We took three or four really bad shots and we jumped them and said something to them at the timeouts and they stopped. They just kept competing and we were getting the ball and moving it and we got better shots every time we moved it. When we took quick shots, we didn’t get very good shots. I didn’t like our rebounding, I didn’t like the lack of scoring from inside. I guess, it’s North Carolina-Duke, the kids are going to be very competitive. I wasn’t disappointed by how competitive it was, but I would’ve liked to have gotten that long rebound when we missed that shot and it was a three-point game. I think that should’ve been our ball – that was probably the biggest disappointment.”

On Duke’s defensive effort:

“We didn’t move, and their defense was part of that. They were good defensively and we took a couple shots that I thought were too quick and never got the basketball inside. When we drove, Joel [Berry II] drove at least twice: one time he lost the ball, and the other time two or three guys were challenging the shot. I like for us to take unchallenged shots.” 


Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski:

Opening Statement:

“We both played lights out tonight. That’s a great basketball game. Talk about two teams that are deserving to win. They’re really good. I want to thank their staff. Jeff’s [Capel] father has ALS. Their staff is involved and Roy and I are going to do something together. But tonight we did something together just to bring awareness for ALS. Those guys on the other bench are good friends and terrific guys. We rebounded. We had a wash on rebounds. They only had seven offensive. It’s tough to take away the two things they the best- transition and offensive rebounding. It’s tough to take away both. They motor down the court. We did a decent job with it, but on rebounding we really fought hard. That was a key to the game. Grayson [Allen] had an amazing game. The last few ball games he’s played so darn well. Everybody played well. I was really proud of my two freshman big guys. They’re coming on. For them to get the minutes they did today. If you’re a player you have a chance to be tight, to be nervous, it’s a big-time game. They haven’t played to the level that they will play eventually. Jayson [Tatum] in the second half was lights out. Again, it’s a freshman being in a game like this. You can get knocked back and they can knock you back. For me, I think [Justin] Jackson is as good of a player as we have played against all year. His movement, he never gets tired. And [Joel] Berry and [Kennedy] Meeks. They are good. We are good. I am so grateful we won. We beat a really good team and we played very well. God bless us, that was a heck of a win.”

On the end of the game:

“We got a couple stops and with Grayson in foul trouble the last eight minutes or so to still be able to pull it off. We got some defensive rebounds and stops and hit free throws. They came out of time-outs and executed a few things really well. We got some buckets.”

On calling set plays:

“We try to diagram something a little different because you know he’s [Allen] on and then he does it. J.J. [Redick] is here tonight and we did it a lot with J.J. and it works when you have someone who can hit shots. That’s a good maturity to be able to do that from a time out and actually execute. Plays work when you have good players. That’s a player’s game. That was a big time ACC game.”

On Matt Jones’s offensive rebound:

“Well it gave us the possession. I thought Jayson’s [Tatum] three would go in with the crowd and everything. Then Matt [Jones] comes up with the ball. Big play. He’s one of those guys for four years he’s kind of an unsung terrific player, but we know his value. Terrific play.”

On the feel of the team:

“We have had a little more time to practice together. There aren’t the interruptions. We have had more interruptions than six teams. No excuses, just the way it is. Now we have come together. We still can’t practice long. Matt and Amile [Jefferson] are playing hurt so you can’t practice them. At least the guys are on the court. We get individual work with the big guys. Continuity and preparation - we have more of it right now. We’ll show the maturity of our team too by how we respond on Saturday. It’s a quick turn around. It’s like an NCAA tournament where you play that 10 o’clock game Thursday night, it’s Friday morning, and all the sudden you have the 12:15 game on Saturday. We have to see if we can handle that.”

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