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Williams On ACC Teleconference

Some quick highlights from Gary Williams's segment on today's ACC coaches teleconference:

Williams said one key challenge for his team in its final nonconference game Wednesday night against Morgan State (5-8) will be not looking ahead to Saturday's ACC opener.

"In Morgan State, we're playing a local team from Baltimore that has already beaten a Big East team in DePaul, and it's a game that can be a little tough for us because we do go into the ACC play with Georgia Tech right after the game, so we're really trying to focus on Morgan State because they're a pretty talented basketball team."

He also said he believes the Terps are more consistent now than they were back in late November when they knocked off Michigan State in the Old Spice Classic.

"We run better offense for more of the game. You know, we started with a very young team; we only have one senior, so you know, it's been a work in progress, but I think hopefully we're approaching the point where we can be very competitive in the ACC."

Williams offered a take on the performance of that lone senior, Dave Neal, who has entrenched himself in the starting lineup after begining the season on the bench.

"Dave's got a lot of, like, YMCA moves. He's got that step back jump shot. He's got that little flip underhand that guy's usually pick up after they're done playing college basketball. But he's been a pretty effective force. Whether he can do it against the teams on a consistent basis in the league remains to be seen."

And of course, the conference call would not have been complete without Williams talking about the lack of respect being afforded to his team and his conference.

"We beat Michigan in between their wins with Duke and UCLA, and it was like it didn't happen. You know, I guess it didn't happen. But I think we deserve, you know, you look at some of those teams that are in that 20-25 range, and I mean, it's a difficult job. I vote on that coaches poll; it's hard because there's teams that deserve votes, but you can only vote for 25. You can't vote for 30 or whatever. I understand it, but at the same time, we have to be, as a conference and as individual schools like a Boston College, they have to be vocal about where we belong. Because the other conferences do that. They are not afraid to go out and say they deserve more teams and you know, it really doesn't hurt anything. In other words, it's one of those things that if you say it, you say it. It's okay to say it, and people can disagree with you. That's great. That's what's great about sports, but we shouldn't be afraid to say it."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 5, 2009; 12:04 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

THE POLLS ARE SET UP TO REWARD THE TAEMS WHO STARTED IN THE PRESEASON AT THE TOP.LOOK AT NC THEY LOSE AND GO DOWN TO #3 AND BC HARDLY MOVES IN.
HOW IS UCLA POSSIBLY #12

Posted by: UNCLEHARRY115 | January 5, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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