Georgia Tech advanced to the final seven minutes of Wednesday’s game 19-6 to prevent North Carolina from losing their second conference of the season. The tar heels drop to 5-4. It is the worst start of a season since early 2001–02 with a 4-5 record.
With a fresh start for the first time this season, made up of RJ Davis, Kervin Walton, Andrew Platuck, De’Reon Sharp and Armando Bacot, UNC never lagged in the first half. However, most were attributed to the Yellow Jackets shooting 44 percent from the floor and three to 30.8 percent with eight turnovers. In the second half, Ga. Tech achieved 61.5 percent from the floor, 66.7 percent from three and five turnovers.
The two tar heels ended in double figures. Bacot led the team with 14 points and he joined Leakie Black, who had 10 points from 7 of 5 shooting. UNC scored the season high-eight threes, thanks to which Walton bowled three deep balls and Caleb Love two.
Read all the postgame comments of UNC head coach Roy Williams below and see his interview with members of the media here:
Georgia Tech scored 43 points in the second half. Are teams allowed to go on those second-half scoring runs?
“Well, it’s not just a second half problem. We’re kicking our butts in the first half. The defensive end of the floor has been a problem for us. We haven’t gotten turnovers like we’ve been able to in the past and A team has shot 61% – you are not getting turnovers, and they are shooting 61% – so your defense is not very good. You can say that we are playing a lot of new players and they have done it enough. Haven’t bought form. But the defensive end of the floor is the most important at this level of college basketball. Everyone has people who can put shots when they’re not a guard, but special teams have people who are really guarded. Can put a shot while giving, and we’re giving them a lot of open shots. They make three straight possessions … and we didn’t have the proper matchups at the same time and that guy didn’t get it. And so that’s some breakdowns. Is gonna. The defensive end of the floor has been more important to us. In lower scoring games, it has become more important, as well, because we get too many shots Do not give enough gifts at the aggressive end to make. We made eight stars tonight. It is more than what we are making, but dishonestly going two-seven in the second half does not help you. So that’s a lot of things, folks. “
Six points in the final seven minutes. What were some problems there?
“Well, we miss something, I don’t remember if it was during the time that we missed some free throws. Maybe it was already. But we had an open spot, Garrison said One missed an open (from) about 10 feet … Armando missed one; they dropped it off the board and it came out the other side. You know, you got in by scoring yourself or getting defensive stops by others. Stop the run. And we were not able to put pressure on them by scoring and we couldn’t even get a stop. So it wasn’t just our defense, guys. “
Interpreting the initial lineup changes and the second half lineup
“Our defensive grade in the North Carolina State game became more than a decision, but there are a lot of things that go into deciding who starts and who doesn’t start. The toughest was Garrison because his defensive grade was not as bad as the other two, but at the same time, I try to treat him appropriately. And at halftime, I decided to just go with different people. I trust Garrison, but even Garrison is held at a high level defensively, and Leakey, I think, could be one of the best defensive players in the league and he should be defensive at a high level To be conducted by form. And Caleb, as well, his defensive grade at North Carolina State was really poor. And they all started playing. I tried to bring them up, it really couldn’t make a heck of a lot of difference what you start with. It really is not. I mean, Marvin Williams never started a game for us and we won the national championship and he was the second player taken in the NBA draft. Steve Woodbury in Kansas never once started a game for us for his entire junior year and he ended the second team all conference. So you will succeed whether you are there as a sub or a starter. “
Never stranded in first half after season opener
“You know, we made it over 10 times in the first half. It’s not at all like we played brilliantly. Georgia Tech didn’t let us perform as well in the first half, as in the second half. They called it Changed myself a little bit, but we were able to. I wasn’t happy with the way we played, but again, I don’t think the starting lineup change had anything to do with us. We just got a little Got the ball inside and made some baskets there, but got to play the total game. “
Does starting a lineup suddenly change the decision or something you thought about?
“Guys, you get it, I have to make a lot of decisions. I’m not going to put it through the freakin press and everything. If you want me to tell you, defensive grades sucked. They just weren’t bad, they were Were terrible. And I don’t have to … Well, I decided to start a few different ones. It didn’t matter how much they played. They still played minutes. You watch the stat game and you tell me Whether you think we were defensive.
What does not translate between practice and sports?
“Our special attention. Again, I’d say to focus on the defensive end of the floor. Our movement without the ball at the offensive end of the floor. And the guys who make shots in practice don’t necessarily do much in the game. . And then the head coach is taking it out of himself. “