North Carolina coach Roy Williams started his postgame press conference after his team’s 80-72 loss to Kentucky in Chicago and said a lot of nice things about the Wildcats.
“Well, hope everybody has a better Christmas than I’m going to have. Mine’s not going to be as smooth as I would like for it to be,” Williams said.
“But congratulate John and his club, and amazing thing to look down and Ashton Hagans is 2-for-6, seven points, and I thought in some ways he was more dominating in the game than anybody, seven steals. We turned it over 18 times, 17 times, and gave him 20 points out of it. That’s one of the keys for us in the game was to make the easy play and not turn it over but their effort I thought was much better than ours.
“We had one play where they go down and get a layup and we had a couple guys that I didn’t think sprinted back as hard and they got a layup and it comes down and one of those guys on Kentucky came running from behind and the corner crossed from our bench and deflected it.
“So I think Kentucky’s staff did a better job than North Carolina’s staff about trying to get the kids to play as hard as they possibly could play.
I don’t think either team played exceptionally well but John’s club came better prepared, and it’s a little frustrating for us right now. Not much else to say.”