Roy Williams did not mince words, calling this North Carolina team the “least gifted” he’s ever coached on his radio show Monday night.
In the midst of a difficult 8-6 start, the Tar Heels haven’t looked like an NCAA tournament-caliber team. That point was further evidenced by North Carolina’s recent home loss to Georgia Tech.
Williams gave his take during his weekly radio show “Roy Williams Live” on Monday, calling his team, “the least gifted team I’ve ever coached in the time that I’ve been back here.”
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to 27-4 lead as North Carolina missed its first 15 field-goal attempts. It was jarring to see the way North Carolina was dominated in the Dean Dome. They trailed by 20 points at halftime, which is the biggest deficit that the Tar Heels have ever dealt with at home at the half, and after the game Williams had plenty to say.
“I want to apologize to all the North Carolina fans, the people that care about our basketball program, former players, everyone that cares about us,” Williams said after the game. “We stunk it up tonight, and it’s got to me my responsibility. It’s the most negative I’ve ever felt about myself. The most negative I’ve ever felt about any team. We weren’t ready to play.”
“We stunk, OK. We were not very good,” Williams continued on Monday night. “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.”
North Carolina is already facing a talent drain facing much of college basketball thanks to draft losses to Coby White and Nassir Little. Freshmen guards Cole Anthony and Anthony Harris are also out with injury.
The Tar Heels have to turn things around quickly if they hope to make the NCAA tournament. ACC play continues as North Carolina hosts Pitt and Clemson the next two games.