If you’ve already read my game story in the previous blog post or in the paper or elsewhere online, here are some extra quotes.
But first, some key aspects of the box score: VT shot 32 percent from the field in the 2nd half and was 2 of 7 from the field in OT. VT had 14 turnovers and was outrebounded 47-34. VT shot 38.7 pct from the field, actually better than UNC’s 37.5 pct. Green had 4 assists and no turnovers.
In addition to Green going 7 of 21 from the field, Brown was 3 of 12 with 5 turnovers and 10 points, Raines was 6 of 11 and had 12 points in 41 minutes, Eddie was 6 of 15, and Barksdale was 0 for 0.
And now the extra quotes:
Raines on the loss: “I don’t think we should’ve went to overtime. I think we should’ve (gotten) the win early, get home.”
Raines on the approach with McAdoo: “We wanted to sit in the zone and just make them make plays. He was shooting well … and he made us pay for it.”
Raines on the key to his offensive performance: “Just playing confident, being focused and just finishing.”
Green on all his second half misses: “It just wasn’t falling, that’s all, one of them nights. … It’s frustrating but it’s part of the game. It happens. Everybody goes cold. …. Shots didn’t fall. .. I didn’t make plays when I needed to make plays. … It was a lot of one on one looks and I took advantage of them, I went to the hole. … I’ve got to finish and that’s what I didn’t do tonight.”
Green on missing the potential game winner with 4 seconds to go: “Reggie tipped it. He got a hand on the shot and it fell short. … He was a tall defender and got a little hand on it and made it fall short. But it was a good look. … I got the space I wanted. That’my favorite move — go to the left, step back. … Reggie … got a nice little finger on it, enough to take the air off of it, and it fell short.”
Green on Paige: “Big props to him, stepping up as a freshman and making plays. We didn’t think he was going to do that, we thought Bullock and McAdoo was going to kill us.”
Green on the first half: “We had a fire to us, we played great. … We came out 2nd half and we knew they were going to make their run. What we were supposed to do is counter that run. When they hit us in the face we’re supposed to answer back. And we did, we did a good job. But I don’t think we did the job we needed to do to win.”
Green on OT: “We didn’t make plays when we needed to.”
Green on the loss: “It’s going to stay in the back of my mind. I didn’t like this at all.”
Eddie on the losses: “Extremely frustrating. Really, really, really really frustrating to be so close and know rhat you’re just a couple plays away from getting that win.”
Eddie on the first half: “We was really finding the open guy and getting out in transition.”
Eddie on Green’s day: “They really keyed in on Erick in the 2nd half and he wasn’t able to get his open looks or get to the free throw line. … They really sent 2 guys at him. They wanted to get the ball out of his hands, and when he did make an attacking move, they made it really tough on him without fouling.”
James Johnson on the loss: “To be here with the ball in regulation to end the game, I thought we put ourselves in great position and we just couldn’t finish the game.”
Johnson on Green: “I wanted him to be a little bit more aggressive but they did a really good job. They switched diffferent guys on to him. …. They did a really good job defending him, funneled him into the lane tonight and then when you get into the lane you had Desmond Hubert there and McAdoo there. They did a very good job. …. They were shots that he’s been making. They were good looks, even … the game winning attempt I thought was a good shot.”
Johnson on Brown: “We wanted to kind of attack Paige a little bit and Robert was able to do it in spots but not as much as we wanted.”
Johnson on leaving Barksdale in so he got his 4th foul: “He was playing with a lot of energy even though his numbers didn’t look it. … Being in our 2-3 zone, he’s a little bit more seasoned there. .. I just felt comfortable with him.”
Johnson on Green not going to the FT line: “He has to continue to attack. …. We could’ve attackd in transition a little bit more. … They’re going to fly at you, they’ve got guys that can block shots, so I thought he needed to get in there and do some more shot faking. And when we did, we got the ball inside and we shot faked, we actually scored, Cadarian Raines did a good job. So I thought (Green) should’ve maybe did some shot faking. …. We as a team need to attack more in transition. That’s where we we’ve been pretty good at it, getting to the free throw line in transition and pushing the issue and attacking the basket and I thought they did a good job of getting back in transition.”
Johnson on his defense: “We did a really good job taking them out of their transition … To hold them to 55 points in regulation, I’ve got to tip my hat to our defense. … It started with our offense, we took good shots, we ran good offense …. and then our guys did a good job of really sprinting back. … We felt if we could have them play against our set defense, whether it was our … man to man or … 2-3 zone, we felt like we would be in good shape.”
Johnson on the team’s depth problem: “I’m starting to see it in the last couple games, I think we’re wearing down a little bit. The lack of bodies, the lack of depth is starting to wear on us. Especially these guys, not only their first group but the second group they bring in are big physical guys and we’re leaning on them and battling them all game, it’s wearing us down. … This is what I’ve got. What I could do is tell him not to play all those guys he’s playing. Would that help? Tell him, hey, let’s play six for six. … But that’s not how the game works. … We’ve got to try to find a way to finish games regardless of fatigue regardless of foul trouble down at Clemson. … I’m pleased with the overall maturation of this team. I’d just like to see it show up in the win loss column, that’s the tough thing.”
Johnson on the first half: “We came out ready to play mentally, physically. .. We took good shots, we moved them around.”
UNC’s Reggie Bullock was 3 of 13, including 1 of 8 from 3-pt range. Leslie McDonald was 1 of 7, including 0 of 5 from 3 pt range.
Roy Williams on VT’s zone: “If we’re getting stops on the defensive end then we have some opportunities to get the break before they really set up and we weren’t doing that and then they were setting up and … we kept just passing it from A to B to C around on the top. It was frustrating to us, we kept screaming, Go on in to the high post and try to set screens on the perimeter. And we didn’t do a very good job of it. In practice we’re so good in the zone offense I said Why would anybody ever zone us? But there’s a difference between practice and the game.”
Williams on Green: “We tried to keep fresh guys on him but nothing really works because he’s really really good. They set a lot of screens which are hard to get through. Reggie has a little more size and Marcus did a good job guarding him.”
Dexter Strickland on UNC: “We did a great job as a team of containing them and forcing them to take tough shots.”
McAdoo on the VT zone: “We knew coming into the game that they were going to be running a 2-3 zone and at first I struggled with it. But we knew how to attack it and we’d been practicing and knew it would be extended. I really just tried to camp out in the mdidle and when my shot wasn’t there kick it out.”
VT’s 60 points were the fewest UNC has allowed in an OT game since 1981. The 12-point margin of victory was UNC’s biggest in an OT game since 1984.