Pitted against a sideline din that wouldn't quit, ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder was trying to relay a quote from North Carolina coach Roy Williams midway through the second half of UNC's 69-53 loss to arch-rival Duke.
Williams apparently wasn't impressed with his team's poise, and the frenzy behind Ponder was part explanation, part exoneration.
This was, after all, a mighty big stage for the young Tar Heels. That they weren't equal to the task is disappointing but not conclusive.
North Carolina can still make a deep tournament run this season.