Tuesday, January 18, 2011

After Tigers go to 0-55 in Chapel Hill, UNC coach defends his team against critics

UNC coach Roy Williams was a little salty after his team's 75-65 victory at home over Clemson.

He was happy with his team - and why not, they clamped down on defense and held a good Clemson team to 35 percent and the Heels outscored the Tigers 12-2 over the last five minutes to make Clemson zero for 55 in Chapel Hill.

But Williams was salty because he got an earful from Carolina fans on his Monday night radio show about Sunday's lackluster performance at Georgia Tech. "Don't call me next week and tell me how good we are," he said speaking in general to Carolina fans. "Keep your damn phone calls to yourself."

Williams said he had great restraint during the radio show but after his team played well over Clemson, he evidently couldn't hold it in any longer.

It's good to see Williams defensive in support of his team. However, that was a sorry effort in Atlanta - so sorry that longtime Carolina fans had never seen anything like it. And they said so but Williams said he didn't care how long people have been Carolina fans, that these are 18, 19 and 20 year old kids.

Williams did say that his team was more enthusiastic and aggressive than it had been in any ACC game so far over 40 minutes. "Our defensive intensity in the first half set the tone," Williams said.

Reggie Bullock's three triples and 16 points in the first half helped the Heels to a 46-38 halftime edge. The game was tied, however, with five minutes to go before the 12-2 final run.

For more on the Clemson game, please click here.

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