What Hubert Davis said after North Carolina’s big win over Virginia

North Carolina had a long wait in between games with a whole week off after beating Virginia Tech last Saturday. And as they waited a week to face off against Virginia, the Tar Heels left Charlottesville with a big win on Saturday.

It was an ugly first half for both teams but it saw the Tar Heels take a 26-16 lead into the break. UNC’s defense was fantastic as Virginia struggled from the field. However, the Tar Heels couldn’t put it away and had to hold off a Cavaliers team that cut the lead down to 5 late in the second half.

But a win is a win and the Tar Heels will take it, especially after seeing RJ Davis only go 1-of-14 from the field. Still, they got the win as Cormac Ryan lead the way with 18 points.

Before we look ahead to the Miami game on Monday night in Chapel Hill, let’s see what Hubert Davis had to say about the win on Saturday.

On Cormac Ryan's shooting

“Against Virginia, you’re gonna have to knock down some shots and he was the only one that consistently was able to shoot the ball from three. And that was huge for us from the standpoint of him making them, but him making them I think stretched out their defense. And so when we had Cormac coming off those screens, they were so aware of where he was. We were able to get in the second half some baskets around in the paint, because of Cormac and his ability to shoot the basketball today.”

via Inside Carolina 

On RJ Davis and Elliot Cadeau's shooting struggles

“Going into this game, you know, one of the things that we consistently said to each other is whatever it takes on both ends of the floor. Whatever it takes to get through a screen, to box out, to rebound, to talk on defense and dive on loose balls. Offensively, whatever it takes to come off those screens, to post up hard, to get second chance opportunities, to knock down open jumpers, to get to the free throw line, whatever it takes. And so, I think I mentioned it before, we’ve been in games like this where you just had to find ways to be able to win and just another gritty win for us and I’m just really proud of this group.”

via Inside Carolina 

On Jalen Washington's minutes

“It’s just huge. Again, whatever it takes. Having Armando get two fouls and having J-Wash and James (Okonkwo) come in and help us rebound defend, that is what is needed. You know, this is a team and with this team, everybody has an opportunity to step up when their number is called. J-Washington, James I thought did a fantastic job stepping in when Armando got in foul trouble in the first half.”

via Inside Carolina

On message to team at halftime

“We felt good about where we were after the first half. But you know, we talked about where we could have been because we had turnovers, we put them on the free throw line, we gave them second chance opportunities. And so I told them that we’re in a good spot, but the most encouraging thing was that we can be even better and I felt like that really got them going and really confident out there.”

via Inside Carolina

On getting sole possession of ACC lead and mindset moving forward

“No, not at all. You know, I told them to celebrate this win because winning is hard and I want them to enjoy this moment. And I said as soon as we get back to the Smith Center and the bus goes right into the tunnel, now we focus on our preparation for a really good Miami team on Monday. Something that we’ve said throughout the entire year, there’s more to be said and more to be done. And so we just have that type of mindset.”

via Inside Carolina 

On Duke/Wake, court storming

“I would like to stay away from that. I don’t know the incident that you’re talking about, I wasn’t at that game. I haven’t seen any clips of it. And so, you know, I think it’d be negligent on my part to comment on something I know nothing about. … It’s not something I really think about as the head coach of the University of North Carolina. I have a lot of things on my plate, and I don’t really have room for that to be on my plate.”

via Inside Carolina

Story originally appeared on Tarheels Wire