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[Coach Roy Williams] just told me he had confidence in me and not to get my head down. He understands what I’m going through but to just keep confident and keep playing my game.
I felt real comfortable. In the first half we weren’t shooting well at all as a team. Bad games come and go, but hopefully everybody will bounce back. It’s just finding a rhythm, and once I found that rhythm I started playing well.
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Defense is more important than scoring. That’s been our emphasis in practice.
It was kind of tough, because this was my first college game on the road. This game’s going to help me a lot throughout the season.
[The defender] was backing off me, and normally I don’t have to shoot. But he backed off, so I knocked it down today.
[In the second half] we made shots, and we forced the tempo at both ends of the floor.
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[Danny Green] just kept the beat going. We just fed off of him and got some shots.
We handled [the road game] well; we came away with the win. It takes a lot of poise and discipline for young guys of their caliber to come in play in front of a big crowd and hostile environment. We know now they can get the job done.
I’m not worrying about scoring a whole lot of points, because we have other guys that can do it. I’m trying to do the small things to the best of my ability; when I do that, all the other things start to click for me. When I get in my groove, my opponent is pretty much at my mercy.
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I wasn’t surprised [by the crowd intensity] at all. This was a real good team we played against, and they were hyped up. They had been down in five of their last eight games and came back to win. We just came to play and get the job done.
We played great defensively; the shots just weren’t falling [in the first half]. That’s all it was. Everybody came in the locker room [at halftime] smiling, because we knew the shots just weren’t falling down. When we came out in the second half we hit like four or five baskets in a row, but the defense was there all night.