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On Rashad McCants’ condition:
“I don’t forsee him practicing today, and really if he can’t practice today, I don’t see how he can play on Sunday. We won’t make a final determination on that until tomorrow. I haven’t gotten any new information from trainer Marc Davis, so that’s where we stand. He told me the day before the Duke game that he wasn’t feeling real well. He played four games and it was just something that never got any better; he couldn’t regain his strength. So I’m hoping, and the doctors are hoping that this rest is going to be really good for him.”
Is this something similar to what [N.C. State guard] Tony Bethel went through earlier in the season?
“I have no idea. Herb [Sendek] said I hope that’s not what it is. Herb and I talked for a couple of seconds before the game the other night. He said, listening to what I was saying, it sounded a lot like what Tony went through.”
Is he feeling rundown, sick; what is it?
“He just doesn’t feel good. Even if you saw the game when we played Connecticut, he kept coming off the court holding his stomach. You guys can ask me a million questions and it doesn’t make any difference. It’s an intestinal disorder and they’ve made a decision that rest is the best thing for him. When it gets to a point when the doctors feel better about him, then they’ll let him go.”
How is Jawad [Williams’] knee?
“He did have a slight sprain in his knee when they collided. He did the running and shooting yesterday and I think he’ll be fine. The crazy thing is it’s the opposite knee from the one that was bothering him before. And at least this time he knew how it happened. The other time, he didn’t even know what had happened. He just knew that he was hurting.”
If Rashad can’t go, do you anticipate starting Melvin [Scott]?
“Yes, but it’s not written in stone. It depends on how they practice and what the match-ups look like and those kinds of things, too.”
Has Raymond [Felton] improved even more than you anticipated a player could?
“If a guy could shoot at one time in his life, and then couldn’t shoot; there’s a great possibility that he could get back and shoot again. But if a guy had never been able to shoot, I don’t care what you do, there is only so far you can go because you’ve already built up so many habits. Raymond evidently in high school was really a big time shooter, but he just got into some bad habits the last couple of years and it hurt his shot a great deal. What he did was re-tool it and work hard. In my opinion, it was one of the easier one’s to change, but I’m not the guy doing it.”
How comfortable with Raymond running the show in the ACC Tournament?
“I’m extremely comfortable, but with my ACC experience, I haven’t seen enough of those games. My experience was only one game and it was a sorry game. No, I’m extremely comfortable. I can’t imagine anybody being more valuable than Raymond because of the way we like to play.”
On the game with Maryland:
“Right now, I could play for Gary Williams and I could enjoy it very easily. But I don’t know if I would like to be a player playing for him this week. He’s one of the guys I truly, truly enjoy and I feel like I have a great relationship with. But we’ll get their best shot. I think they feel like they’ve got their back to the wall, like they’ve bottomed out – any one of those clichés you want to use. We’ll catch a great, great shot from them and it will be a big challenge for us. I think this will be the most difficult road game for us this year.”
How’s your big toe?
“My toe is doing well; it’s getting better. Thank you for asking. It still hurts a little bit, but it will be OK. It’s getting better.”
What did you expect coming into this season?
“I didn’t know what to expect. It’s college basketball; every day is something new to me. But I’m doing OK.”
When you hear coaches say your one of the best players in the ACC, what do you think?
“I don’t know. It’s an opinion. It’s nice to hear. It’s nice to be considered like that.”
On handling your role coming off the bench?
“I’m just about winning games. It doesn’t matter if I score 20 points a game or two points a game. We’re 23-3 right now, so if the coach wants me to do something, I’m going to do it.”
Is there something you wish you did better?
“I wish I could do a better job rebounding. The last game I only had two rebounds. That was probably my toughest night since I’ve been here. It’s tough with Sean playing as many minutes as he does to grab rebounds. A lot of times he takes them from me and Jawad, but we try.”