Monday, January 10, 2011

Tar Heels try to stay tenacious and resilient as Virginia Tech comes to town

In just the second ACC contest of the year, North Carolina is facing one of only two teams predicted to finish ahead of the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill Thursday night.

Virginia Tech, picked by ACC writers to finish second in the league to Duke, has won six games in row including a 71-59 ACC win over Florida State Saturday. All-ACC selection Malcolm Delaney is leading the way offensively and Jeff Allen is the leading defender and rebounder.

Carolina stands at 11-4 including an ugly win in Virginia Saturday.

"Our losses were against good teams but we just didn't play as well as we needed to play," UNC coach Roy Williams said during a teleconference Monday. "I think now the guys are understanding that we gotta step up and play. We're going to get everybody's best shot Nobody is going to roll over just because we're North Carolina."

Williams said he was proud of the tenacity it took of coming from 11 down against the Cavaliers when things weren't going well for them.

"Just because we haven't played well the last six minutes doesnt mean we can't play well the next six minutes," Williams said, adding that coaches try to get the players to focus on the next play. "I told them at halftime (of the Virginia game) 'that's about as bad as we can play.' I told them at the 10 minute mark 'we've been awful but we're still here and have a chance.' That's been important to our team and will continue to be important."

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