Despite his frustration, UNC coach Roy Williams -- who will have his personal 20-year streak of NCAA Tournament appearances broken -- shared the sentiment.
"If somebody's going to invite me to play, I'm going to play," Williams said. "Are we worthy enough to be invited? That I don't know."
Big shoes for HB to fill next year.
It's extremely disappointing, to say the least. But it's been that kind of year. We've played a stretch recently where, in the first half, I'm pleased with our effort, pleased with our concentration. We're up 10 but we missed five, six shots from two feet---I said at halftime to the kids that we can play so much better. And they (Georgia Tech) come out and score the first seven points of the second half.
And then it goes back and forth for a while, but the bottom line is we just couldn't make shots. In the first half, they shoot 34 (percent) and we shoot 36 (percent). In the second half, we shoot 30 (percent) and they shoot 50 (percent). Down the stretch we tried to stay in front of the guy and tried to really make sure it's only one shot. They seemed to make their shots and we missed ours on the other end.
The first half, our defense was stronger. We got some off of turnovers and scored a couple times, but we didn't score a single point off turnovers in the second half. It's very frustrating. We've got wonderful kids---it's just been the kind of year that I'd never imagined, hope I never have to go through it again. But it's what it is, and congratulate Georgia Tech. I think that (win) will help them on Sunday (get into the NCAA Tournament).