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What Hubert Davis said after UNC’s tough win at Pitt

The North Carolina Tar Heels moved to 10-3 on the year overall and 2-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a tough, gritty win on the road Tuesday night.

The 70-57 win at Pitt kicked off a three-game road trip in the conference for the Tar Heels. Despite a slow start and not making a field goal for the first 6:20 of the game, UNC was able to battle back and grab a lead at halftime behind the play of RJ Davis and Armando Bacot.

In the second half, UNC showed their toughness against a physical Pitt team, grabbing the lead and never giving it back. They hit some key shots down the stretch and made their free throws to seal it and deliver a win over a team that had a three-game win streak against them.

Before we look too far ahead to Saturday’s showdown with Clemson, let’s look at what Hubert Davis had to say after Tuesday’s big win.

On toughness

“I always tell them the three boxes that we have to check. We got to defend, rebound and take care of basketball. I’m not even talking about at all from the offensive end, specifically against Pitt. I said, ‘look, we’ve got to do a really good job on Hinson, we’ve got to be sound on our ball screen defense and we got to rebound the basketball.’ And I feel like we check those three boxes as well.”

via Inside Carolina

On Seth Trimble's sophomore jump

“It’s natural growth. I mean, I don’t know how else to say it. I was more comfortable and more confident my sophomore year than I was in my freshman year. And then junior year, and I told you I had the double green light my senior year. So I felt really comfortable. I think he’s becoming more comfortable and confident, and it’s because of his experience being his sophomore season.”

Via Inside Carolina

On RJ Davis passing him on 3-point list

“That’s awesome. I want everybody on the team to pass me, Coach Lebo, Coach Sullivan, Coach May. I want them to break every record and congratulations to Armando for getting to 2,000 points. That’s fantastic.”

Via Inside Carolina

 

 

On adjustments due to Pitt's defene

“Well, they’re just a really good defensive team. They have good individual defenders, but they’ve got athleticism and length. I mean, their bigs are seven feet, they’ve got three of them. So it’s not very easy to get to the rim and be able to finish. So for us to get second chance opportunities, we got 15 of them, that was huge for us. And so another area is us getting to the free throw line. That felt like in the second half, that was the key to really extend our lead. I think we’re first in the ACC in terms of free throw attempts and free throw makes, so that’s a big part for us. We were able to get into the penalty and step up and make free throws.”

Via Inside Carolina

On plan to slow down Pitt's offense

“It wasn’t necessarily a plan, it’s just our base defense. For us, it’s limiting teams to one shot every possession, trying to keep them off the free throw line, and (no) paint touches, shots at the rim, no layups, no dunks, no easy post catches and no wide open threes. I felt like we did a really good job of that consistently throughout the game.”

Via Inside Carolina

On rebounding and second-chance efforts

“One of the things that we talked about is, you have to win the battle in the trenches. That’s rebounding, the loose balls, boxing out — those things. I thought we were really good at that tonight. You’re right, Pitt is the best rebounding team in the ACC, and for us to have a chance against them, we had to come up big in terms of rebounding the basketball. And we did it. I mean, not only defensively, it’s the best that we’ve attacked the offensive glass. So we were very active, we were tough, we were physical. And because of that physicality, in the trenches, we were able to out rebound a really good Pitt team. I really think that was the number one determining factor for us being able to get a road win.”

Via Inside Carolina

Story originally appeared on Tarheels Wire