Thoughts on UNC’s seeding in the NCAA Tournament:
“Well we were a little disappointed. We thought we’d be better than that. There’s no question about it but the bottom line is it is what it is and we have to go play. All that other junk doesn’t make any difference. All their reasons doesn’t make one frickin’ bit of difference. The bottom line is that it came out like that on the bracket and we’re going to go to Kansas City and try to play as hard as we can play.
"I’m ecstatic for my team. A lot of people had doubt even our most die hard fans were worried during the course of the year as to what it was going to be at the end. We won eight of our last 10. I really think our team got better and better as the year went along. I’m very proud of them for what they’ve accomplished down the stretch and ecstatic that we’re in the NCAA Tournament. We’re ready to go play and hopefully play better than we did even this weekend.”
On the seeding of other ACC teams and whether the NCAA committee harshly treated the conference members as a whole:
“Well it was disappointing. It was disappointing for our league to get that little respect. It was disappointing to have two 2’s and two 8’s. Everybody has their own opinion. Opinions are like noses everyone’s got one kind of thing. To me, it was sad. It was disappointing there’s no question about that. I have a hard time understanding the lack of respect. But like we say, it doesn’t make any difference, you’ve got to go play. I’m not going to spend too much of my time at all discussing things that don’t make sense.”
On the ACC Tournament championship game versus Miami:
“It was a great tournament run. I thought we did some good things against Florida State. We did good things against Maryland. We were tested and some toughness was shown. P.J. Hairston, I can't describe how pleased I was with him. Not just the way he played but the toughness that he showed because he’s been a guy we’ve always worried about how quickly he was going to bounce back. I mean I’m in there in the training room when they’re sewing his hand up and there is blood everywhere. To handle that kind of injury and even in Saturday’s game when he was 3-for-10 he still did some good things for us. I loved his toughness and I think that’s going to take him and help him throughout the rest of his career. I think it’ll take another step up for him.
"Then in the championship game for about 36 minutes in or something like that it was a big-time basketball game. At one point we were leaving a timeout and it might have been at the three- or four-minute timeout I turned around and the crowd’s into it a little bit and I said these people have got to be enjoying this basketball game because this is a big time game. Unfortunately for us, Miami made more plays down the stretch in the last four minutes. We were 13-for-23 at one point from three and we missed our last six. And they made good plays so you’ve got to congratulate them. I just think that they are a fantastic basketball team. They have no holes. They can score outside. They can score inside. They can play slow. They can play fast. They defend you like crazy.”
On P.J. Hairston’s injury:
“He was holding the ball. The guy hit the ball trying to knock it lose and the way he had the grip on it his fingers were spread. The basketball itself jammed between those two fingers and split the webbing between the middle finger and the ring finger and it split it on both sides. It’s the third time I’ve had a player have that injury. One was a long time ago with Sam Perkins when he played for us and went up to block a shot. The rim caught between his two fingers and cracked it open but this was actually the pressure of the basketball separating those two fingers. It just split it.”
On the play of Marcus Paige, P.J. Hairston and Reggie Bullock this weekend:
“Reggie was 3-for-14 yesterday. Nobody wanted to do better than Reggie wanted to do for himself and for our team. He did play very well for three days. P.J. did some big-time things in the first and third games and really helped us in the second game. And with Marcus I think he’s getting better and better. He has the 13 turnovers the last two games of the regular season. He turns around in the first game of the tournament and I think he has ten assist with one turnover. Second game he didn’t play nearly as well yet made two of probably the biggest field goals in the game down the stretch against Maryland. Then turned around yesterday and had 17 and just really did some good things for us. He needed to play the best basketball he’s played all year which I hope that’s what everybody does.”
Comments on signee Isaiah Hicks winning the state championship with J.F. Webb:
“Everybody was ecstatic. I think he had either seven or nine blocks. He was needless to say a very active young man. They won I think in overtime but 34 (points) 30 (rebounds) - I don’t care what league you’re playing in that’s pretty good. To do it and win a state championship he has to be thrilled and we’re thrilled for him.”
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