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Sport Roy Williams rips his North Carolina squad: 'This is not a very gifted team'

04:50  08 january  2020
04:50  08 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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North Carolina is off to an 8-6 start to the season, and in the wake of a 96-83 loss to Georgia Tech on Sunday, a frustrated coach Roy Williams called his squad "the least gifted team I 've "The crazy thing about it is, our team , and we've had some very gifted teams , this is not a very gifted team .

It's very frustrating right now," Williams said. "As a coach, I feel like I 've done the worst job with this As a coach, though, it's understandable that Williams wanted to voice his frustrations after what The Wolverines limited North Carolina to only 24 points in the paint, 39.4 percent shooting on the night

It's been a rough season for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and it seems to be wearing on head coach Roy Williams.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Roy Williams reacts in the second half of North Carolina's loss to Georgia Tech.© Bob Donnan, USA TODAY Sports Roy Williams reacts in the second half of North Carolina's loss to Georgia Tech.

The team is just 8-6 and coming off a 96-83 loss at home to Georgia Tech that wasn't really that close. UNC fell behind 19-2 and 27-4 in a performance that left Williams the "most upset, most disappointed I've ever been in my life coaching a basketball game.”

The Hall of Fame coach, who remains tied with mentor Dean Smith for fourth on the Division I all-time wins list with 879, still seemed distraught about the state of his team speaking Monday night on his weekly "Roy Williams Live!" show, saying the group was "the least gifted team I've ever coached in the time that I've been back here."

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"We tried to recruit him very , very hard. Williams isn't going to lay bare his gameplan for Wednesday's game, but that may be a similar strategy the Tar Heels deploy. "In a lot of ways," Williams said, " this is the most gifted Duke team in the 16 years I 've been back."

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“We stunk, OK. We were not very good,” Williams said of the loss to the Yellow Jackets. “The crazy thing about it is, our team, and we’ve had some very gifted teams, this is not a very gifted team. It’s just not.”

UNC was dealt a hard blow with the knee injury to standout freshman Cole Anthony in December. The Tar Heels were 6-3 when Anthony — who was averaging 19.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and nearly two steals per game — went down. They have gone just 2-3 since, including a loss to Wofford.

If trends continue, North Carolina is in danger of missing the NCAA tournament for just the second time in Williams' 17 seasons at the school. Before returning to his alma mater in 2003, Williams missed the Big Dance just once in 15 seasons at Kansas, in his first season in 1988-89.

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His team proved to be just as determined to counter anything it got from Syracuse, a 10-seed that had gritted its way into the That he feels under siege here is not something Williams has tried to hide. The first team to do so? North Carolina ’s 1982 squad led by Michael Jordan and James Worthy.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams had finished with his press conference following his team ’s 96-71 victory against Miami when he remembered he had This was Williams ’ response to Gottlieb: “You have no freakin’ idea what you’re talking about.” After that Williams took it to another level.

Williams has won three national championships at North Carolina, the most recent coming in 2017.

Contributing: Bob Sutton

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Roy Williams rips his North Carolina squad: 'This is not a very gifted team'

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Anthony's absence felt as Tar Heels continue to struggle .
When it was time for North Carolina's players to finish packing the visitor's locker room and board the bus to the airport, Cole Anthony stayed back and waited for his teammates.Anthony was already dressed in a burgundy suit, a burgundy and white tie and white tennis shoes. His eyes were glued to his phone. He made the trip with his teammates to Pittsburgh for UNC’s game against Pitt, but did not play. He’s still rehabbing from a knee surgery last month that was done to repair a partially torn meniscus. He’s expected to return any day now.

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