UNC looks to bounce back at ACC Tourney
Posted March 11, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — The week has turned over, but North Carolina head coach Roy Williams is still not pleased with his Tar Heels following a 16-point loss to Duke on Saturday.
“Their offense beat our defense, their defense beat our offense. They outplayed us, they were better than we were,” Williams said. “The good news is we get to play some more.”
A key for the Tar Heels will be not letting the loss over the weekend affect them in Greensboro at the ACC Tournament. UNC experienced multiple losses in seven-day spans three times during the regular season, twice in conference play.
“We were reverting back to the ways that got us blown out of a couple games earlier in the season,” said Marcus Paige of the Duke defeat. “When we have been successful, that’s not how we played.”
The Tar Heels expect that they are better equipped to bounce back now than they were earlier in the season. Their smaller lineup has been intact for a month and they had rattled off six wins in a row before Saturday.
“We have to come out ready to play and realize the smaller lineup isn’t invincible,” Paige said.
“We understand the mistakes that we made Saturday night,” Williams said. “I think now we have more experience and more knowledge to change those things quickly.”
The Tar Heels will have one extra day to ensure those changes are implemented as they earned a No. 3 seed and a first-round bye. They are also on a collision course to meet Duke in the semifinals Saturday with a chance to exact a little revenge in a game with more meaning.
UNC likely has an NCAA tournament bid wrapped up, but that doesn’t mean they will take the ACC Tournament lightly.
“I do still want to win the dadgum thing,” Williams said. “I think you can help yourself for the next tournament and I’ve always been interested in that.”