Monday, February 20, 2012

UNC's Roy Williams: Wolfpack improved in every phase

North Carolina Roy Williams said earlier today that the N.C. State team the Tar Heels will play on Tuesday night in Raleigh is far different than the one that suffered a 74-55 defeat against UNC at the Smith Center on Jan. 20.

“The more you play together under a new system, I think with each week, you get more accustomed to what the coaching staff wants,” Williams said during his portion of the weekly ACC teleconference.  “You get more accustomed to getting the shots the way that the new style, the new philosophy of play is going to help. And so I think the experience of playing that, every week, you get better and better.”

After losing at UNC, the Wolfpack suffered a 61-60 loss at home against Virginia but then won three consecutive games. N.C. State then led Duke by 20 points with about 11 minutes to play last week before the Blue Devils rallied – sound familiar, Tar Heels fans? – for an improbable 78-73 victory.

The Wolfpack endured perhaps its most disappointing loss of the season on Saturday – a 76-62 defeat against Florida State in which N.C. State appeared to be playing amid an emotional hangover after the loss against the Blue Devils.

Still, Williams on Monday went out of his way to compliment the Pack.

“I just think they’re more experienced in what Mark [Gottfried] and his staff want them to do,” Williams said. “They’ve gotten better defensively. To me, they’re better in every phase of the game. And you know, I hope that we’re better. But I do believe they’re better right now in every phase than at that time.”

Some other notes from Williams’ conference call:

--Both sophomore Harrison Barnes (ankle) and freshman P.J. Hairston (foot) continue to be affected by their lingering injuries. “They’re better,” Williams said. “I think that’s the best way to say it. I think as we talked about the other day, these things just tend to linger unless you’re to have a two-week break. And this of year you don’t have a two-week break.”

--That said, Williams said the Tar Heels had a light practice on Sunday and they’d have another light work day today. This will be UNC’s third game in seven days. After Tuesday, the Tar Heels don’t play again until Saturday at Virginia.

-- Andrew Carter


Anonymous said...

Question...if the Heels go down by 20, will they:

-show some resolve like say, Duke, and storm back to win


-saunter out early from the arena again, leaving the walkons out to dry?

Food for thought! Go 'Noles!

Anonymous said...

UNC 76 NCSU 62...By the way, FSU will lose to Duke and then UNC beats Duke to win the ACC! Another Championship heads our way!! FSU had 1 player get lucky score 32 points...that will NEVER happen again...FSU will lose at Miami and UVA. Come get some sucka! Lol...

Anonymous said...

Noles suck! They will lose to Duke by 20 this time around. Seth Curry and Austin Rivers will score 20 points each on Thursday night.

Anonymous said...

NC STATE has not improved...lost to UVA at home/meltdown at Duke was worse than getting beat by 33 points against a better FSU team, and then get beatdown by FSU. UNC will be 12.

Anonymous said...

State is only marginally better than last year. If they played UVA, Duke, and FSU a second time they would probably finish 6-10. They do not have one solid win the entire year. They lok better on paper, but not on the court.

Anonymous said...

Where are all the State fans today? Like I said yesterday, another BEATDOWN was coming! Should have been 20 instead of 12. Lol...

Anonymous said...

We have 3 McD's coming next year, Heels lose everybody except Marshall. How's your football program, Heels?