Frustration Mounting

Bullock (Maloney/USATodaySports)

AUSTIN, Texas – While Roy Williams admitted to being concerned about the ramifications of Wednesday's 85-67 loss at Texas on his team's confidence, his primary message was clear - the Tar Heels have to buy in and show up on game day.

"if you're real confident and your play stinks, you've got to understand that to get better and if you're unconfident and your play stinks, it doesn't make any difference if you're confident or not, you've got to start freaking playing better," Williams told reporters during his postgame press conference. "So far we haven't been able to do that.

"We've played Butler, a very quality opponent. We've played Indiana, a very quality opponent. We've played Texas at Texas, Indiana at Indiana and those are good opponents. We haven't played well any of those three games... I've got to do a heck of a lot better job and they've got to buy in and we're just doing some of the silliest things out there that I've ever seen."

When asked if he agreed with his head coach's comment about the players needing to buy in, James Michael McAdoo replied, "If he says so, yeah."

"Definitely, as you can see tonight," the sophomore forward continued. "We buy in, we beat this team easily."

Junior wing Reggie Bullock was more outspoken, telling reporters that Williams's comment was on point.

"A lot of players just don't need to worry about individual stats," Bullock said. "Just go out and commit to this team."

General George W. Casey, Jr., the former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, spoke to the team last week and his message focused on how everybody has to commit to the team for it to be successful, according to Bullock.

"That's one of the main things that we have to work [on] with this team," Bullock said.

McAdoo didn't seem to think his team was flirting with the edge of a dangerous slide.

"I think you always are concerned about that, but it's not like we're going to take some big time off here," McAdoo said. "We come right back and play in a few days, so you've just got to get back and keep chipping away and hopefully things will become a little bit easier for us and guys will buy in."

Bullock hopes this type of loss is nothing more than growing pains and can serve to show this team where it needs to improve with ACC play rapidly approaching.

His message in the postgame locker room scene was both succinct and direct.

"I told the players when we came in that we can't keep playing like this," Bullock said. "If we keep playing like this, teams are going to keep kicking our ass."


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