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Roy Williams Live: Garrison Brooks Taking Lineup Change in Stride

Being removed from the starting lineup as a freshman can affect any player, but UNC coach Roy Williams says Garrison Brooks has handled the move well. “I told him, ‘You’re still going to play,’” Williams said on his radio show Monday. “I think I’d be stupid if I just didn’t play him, because you’re not going to get better if you’re not given opportunities.”

Tar Heels could have tough task keeping home streak vs. Clemson

UNC’s unprecedented dominance in homecourt outings against Clemson could be in danger tonight. Clemson arrives holding a No. 20 national ranking to take on the 15th-ranked Tar Heels, who are 58-0 all-time at home in the series. “Clemson is coming in having beaten some good teams,” Roy Williams said Monday. “Probably the best team Brad has had in a few years.”

Seventh Woods Cleared for Shooting, But No Clarity on Return

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams on Seventh Woods's injured foot. "Now they’ve released him to start shooting some, but not a lot at that, so he’s still quite a bit away from being ready to play. But it’s just a process that you have to go through.” If Woods continues to miss games deep into the ACC season, he would be eligible for a medical hardship waiver.

When UNC can expect to get Seventh Woods back

Seventh Woods suffered an early December stress fracture to his left foot. The injury required Woods to wear a boot through much of December. Roy Williams mentioned during his Jan. 8 radio show that Woods is no longer wearing the boot or using crutches. But he hasn’t yet been cleared to run, and Williams didn’t give any timetable for when he might be able to practice again.

Tar Heels need to find a rhythm if they want to run with the country's best

It had been a perplexing night for North Carolina – another one – and anyone wanting the current status of the Tar Heels needed only to ask the man standing outside the locker room. Roy Williams had two words to describe himself at the moment. “Frustrated,” he said. “And challenged.” Nothing shabby about their 14-4 record, but nothing that reassuring, either.

UNC by the numbers: Which lineups worked best at Notre Dame

The Tar Heels were out-rebounded by Notre Dame 45-37 on Saturday. There are few things — his wife, children, grandchildren — that Roy Williams cares more about than rebounding. The starting lineup (Joel Berry-Kenny Williams-Cameron Johnson-Theo Pinson-Luke Maye) was on the floor together for 11 minutes and 21 seconds on Saturday and was out-rebounded 16-7.

Lucas: Senior Speech

Usually, when Roy Williams talks, the floor is completely his. You could probably count on one time during his tenure at Chapel Hill when a player has interrupted him. This time, however, someone else wanted to speak. As you'd expect, it was senior Joel Berry, who'd just drained the two game-winning free throws. "Coach, it's not you," he said. "It's us. We've got to play better."

UNC Frustrated in Victory

For the third time in eight games, UNC locked down its opponent in the final minutes to overcome a significant deficit and figure out a way to steal a win. Roy Williams, however, will not allow anyone to forget about his team’s mental lapses, or its lack of hustle at times, or its failure to box out, or the fact that Notre Dame was handicapped without its two stars.

Roy Williams Post-Notre Dame Quotes

Roy Williams: "I feel maybe the luckiest I’ve ever felt in my life to win a basketball game. It’s very frustrating, but we ran one play perfectly and Luke Maye got a dunk out of it. Joel Berry gets fouled and makes two free throws when you’re down one and that’s always a toughness issue for a kid, so I’m really pleased with him. I thought (Notre Dame) played harder than us."

Video: Roy Williams Post-Notre Dame Press Conference

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 69-68 ACC road win over Notre Dame on Saturday in South Bend.

Rebounding Key To UNC's Smaller Lineup

Roy Williams was asked Friday if the performance against Boston College eased his worries about the smaller lineup's rebounding ability. "I'm not that confident about it, but that's the reason why we keep emphasizing it to make sure they emphasize it enough themselves." Theo Pinson said the smaller lineup created more space for the Tar Heels to attack the basket.

The Keys to UNC's Small Lineup

The fear of a rebounding disadvantage was one reason why Roy Williams was hesitant to move to the small starting lineup that he rolled out against Boston College on Tuesday. The lineup of Joel Berry, Kenny Williams, Cameron Johnson, Theo Pinson, and Luke Maye contains no player over 6-8. Williams's risk paid off as the Tar Heels cruised to an easy 96-66 win.

Roy Williams, UNC Players on Handling the Critics

Roy Williams said he rarely sees anything on his team anymore or any of the criticism. Usually, it is from a buddy who sends him an article to read. "I am sure I see it some," he said. "I have gotten so old over the years that I really don't read much about our team. I think Coach Smith read a lot of it. I just don't do it," Williams added. The players are different. They see more of it.

UNC vs. Notre Dame Preview

The Tar Heels broke a two-game losing streak with a 96-66 win over Boston College on Tuesday and now head to South Bend with hopes of winning on the road for the first time in ACC play. Roy Williams started a small lineup for the first time in nearly five years against the Eagles, although the coach and players credited better energy for their play more so than the lineup switch.

Video: Roy Williams Pre-Notre Dame Press Conference

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Friday ahead of the Tar Heels' Saturday matchup at Notre Dame (6:00 pm ET, ESPN).

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