Hubert Davis calls out North Carolina's lack of talent after blowout loss to Wake Forest
North Carolina coach Hubert Davis didn’t mince words after UNC’s 98-76 loss to Wake Forest on Saturday evening.
Davis was quick to call out the Demon Deacons’ talent advantage in his postgame press conference, specifically mentioning Wake Forest’s Daivien Williamson, Alondes Williams and Jake LaRavia.
“I think the difficulty at times to overcome is because you’re playing against better players,” Davis told reporters after the game. “At the end of the day, Williamson, Williams and LaRavia were the best players on the floor. It wasn’t even close. We didn’t have anybody that could guard LaRavia. He controlled the entire game. He punched us in the mouth at the beginning of the game. Alondes and Daivien, they could get into the paint at anytime they wanted to.”
LaRavia finished the game with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Williams and Williamson weren’t far behind, pouring in 23 points and 19 points, respectively.
Davis later compared Wake Forest’s talent advantage over UNC to that of a few NBA Hall-of-Famers compared to himself.
“I’ll give you an example,” Davis continued. “When I was in the NBA, I did all the things. I did the scouting report. I denied one pass away. I was in a defensive stance. And at the end of the day, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson were better than me. And I’m not saying that [Williamson, Williams and LaRavia] are that good, but they were better than us today. Does that mean they’re a better team than us? I’m not saying that. But today, those three players were the best players on the floor and it wasn’t even close.”
This was North Carolina’s worst loss since Wake Forest since Feb. 6, 2002 when the Tar Heels lost by 24 points.
The Tar Heels are now 4-3 in ACC play and are tending in the wrong direction. They now enter a stretch where they will play three games in a six-day span, with all three contests being in Chapel Hill.
UNC hosts Virginia Tech on Monday.