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January 26, 2009
On Monday afternoon, Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams participated in their weekly teleconference. Hamilton talked about the development of Solomon Alabi, his team's rotation, and more. Both coaches talked about their upcoming match-up on Wednesday evening in Tallahassee.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams
"Well we had a nice win to say the least over Clemson last week and played very well and in a half did some really nice things. Then we had a weekend off which was unusual to say the least. So we had seven days between games so we gave the kids a couple of days off and then came back and practiced yesterday and then today and tomorrow so we will have three full days of practice before we go to Tallahassee and play there. We know we have to play well. They had a really nice road win for them this weekend so they are in good spirits. In this league you better be ready to play every night. It shows each and every weekend."
Q: Everybody is talking about Wayne Ellington and how well he has played lately. Does it come down to confidence or something mechanical?
Williams: I think it has been more confidence than anything else. I think as early as right after Christmas we brought him in for an extra session and taped his shot, looked at it, and there is nothing wrong with it, in fact during that session he hit every shot he took just about. Some guys go through time periods where the ball doesn't go in ? Now we are dealing with 18, 19, 20 year olds and we wonder why they cant make every shot but it is human nature, that is what it is.
Q: Can you provide an update on Marcus Ginyard and is there any chance Tyler Zeller may come back this season.
Williams: I will go to the second one first because I answered it on my radio show. Of course there is a chance but I think it is awfully stupid. He hasn't been released to play yet. If he comes back and plays one game he loses a whole year and so there is always a chance but it is not the smartest thing in the world to have happen. He hasn't been released yet and will not be released for at least, don't hold me to this, three to four more weeks because he doesn't go back to the doctors until then.
I talked to (Marcus) yesterday and he still did not practice yesterday. We are going to look at him and talk to the doctors a little more this week so there hasn't been any decision made on him.
Q: Was this a pretty good timeframe to take a weeklong break?
Williams: I don't think you ever know until you see how you play the next time. This is not an exact science, what may be good for one team may be bad for another team. We really haven't taken any time off. We gave them Thursday off and then Friday and Saturday we brought them in and did run and shoot. Sunday we did planning for Special Olympics and then had a short practice right after that. So we have taken a time period off from the game. I think it is good because we didn't beat on each other for a couple of days. Hopefully that will help Danny's (Green) aches and pains and Tyler's (Hansbrough) aches and pains, all of them hopefully it will help them there. Whether or not it gets us prepared to play Wednesday night we will have to wait and see.
Q: In regards to preparing for Wednesday night, was there any one particular thing you tried to work on during this break?
Williams: As I said Thursday was off, Friday and Saturday was just run and shoot, and that is all just individual work. It isn't really complicated, it is like it sounds. We run and we shoot a lot. But then we came back yesterday for a very short practice and just worked on our half-court offense just because I wanted to get them back into practice mode. Today, I just finished the practice plan this morning with the staff, and we are going work on just about every phase of the game today and tomorrow too.
Q: Going back to your two losses to start the conference schedule, what kind of issues were present in both of those games and what are you doing better now?
Williams: Well the other team played very well, that is part of it. Wake Forest has shown how godo they are. Boston College, right after our game didn't play very well, but they have come back and gotten two more conference wins in a row now. I think there play was a huge part of it. Our inability to shoot the ball effectively in the second half was the thing that stood out. We shoot 26% in one half and 28% in the other game, in the second half of both of those games. We didn't defend well, we didn't rebound well, but the one thing that sticks out is how poorly we shot the ball. I think you have to give credit to the other teams defense then.
Q: Can you address the challenges that Florida State's front line poses at both ends?
Williams: First of all, I think it still starts with Toney (Douglas) because I just think Toney does such a good job providing the leadership mentally plus what he does physically for that team. Their frontline is difficult to score against. It is hard to get easy baskets inside against them. It is a frontline that is similar to Wake Forest in that they are so big and they can run more than one or two guys out there too. I think they make it difficult for you to get easy buckets and if you can take away another team's easy baskets, it is a huge advantage for you. I think that is something Florida State can do.
Q: How do you prepare for that?
Williams: You can't because you can't simulate that in practice. You can't make your walk-ons, Patrick Moody is 6-4 and I can't make him 7-1 today. So you just talk about it and try to get better ball movement and quicker moves inside and see what can happen.