Friday, February 2, 2007

Williams: N.C. State 34 points better than UNC

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he isn’t trying to sound like Lou Holtz.
Really.

“(N.C.) State’s proved to me that they’re 34 points better than us,” Williams said.

His justification for that was based on the Wolfpack’s 70-59 victory Wednesday at Virginia Tech. North Carolina also visited Virginia Tech and trailed by 23 before losing 94-88.

N.C. State defeated Virginia Tech by 11. Virginia Tech led North Carolina by 23. So N.C. State is 34 points better than North Carolina, according to Williams.

Whether Williams admits it or not, that sure sounds like a bit of logic from Holtz, the former Notre Dame and South Carolina football coach who was famous for exaggerating his concern about opponents.

Another common opponent and common site favors North Carolina. Virginia lost 79-69 at North Carolina but won 71-58 at N.C. State. But those results don’t serve Williams’ motivational purposes.

“There’s nobody in the country that has more respect for N.C. State than I do right now, because I know what Virginia Tech did to us,” Williams said.

Pack sticks to plan: N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe said he won’t prevent his players from running on open fast break opportunities even though the Tar Heels possess superior depth and the Wolfpack needs to control the clock.

Formidable North Carolina post players Tyler Hansbrough and Brandan Wright won’t prevent the Wolfpack from going inside to Ben McCauley and Brandon Costner.

“We still have to stick to our game plan,” Lowe said. “We’re an inside-outside team, and that’s how we’ve got to start.”

Tip-ins: North Carolina guard Danny Green talked some trash Friday afternoon about last season’s 95-71 win at the RBC Center. “Last year it was their coach’s birthday,” Green said. “We gave him a little present.” Herb Sendek, who turned 43 that day, soon left N.C. State to coach Arizona State. ... North Carolina will be patient working backup point guard Bobby Frasor back into the rotation. Frasor played nine minutes Wednesday against Miami after returning from a foot injury. “I’m going to be very cautious with him, because he has an injury that says you should,” Williams said.

– Ken Tysiac

6 comments:

JAT said...

Ken --

Re: Green

That was the least trashy bit of trash talk I've heard -- 100% fact. That loss put Moo U into orbit and sealed Herb's fate. The Wolfies absolutely KNEW they were gonna win that game and instead but blown out.

And speaking of trash, someone responsible needs to check out rumors that dook trashed their locker room at UVa following their loss the other night.

JAT
UNC '87

Anonymous said...

"That loss put Moo U into orbit and sealed Herb's fate. The Wolfies absolutely KNEW they were gonna win that game and instead but blown out."

gonna make up any more bullshit, or are you done?

Anonymous said...

I hope that today's game is at least fun to watch and not some blow out.

This game between State and Chapel Hill won't be too interesting for another couple of years until Coach Lowe finds his players, etc. At least Coach Williams is showing a little class unlike any of his fans.

Anonymous said...

I think they're about 4 points better. GET YOU SOME HEELS, BUNCHA TARBABIES.

WE ARE BACK BABY

Anonymous said...

State beat UNC playing a 2-3 zone defense. Man! You gotta be kidding me!

Neil
NC State '97
Duke '02

WUFPAC said...

"I hope that today's game is at least fun to watch and not some blow out."

You were right! But not for the reason you thought.

Bwah.