UNC-UA: Locker Room Report (w/audio)
Stepheson - 10 pts., 6 reb.
Stepheson - 10 pts., 6 reb.
Inside Carolina
Posted Jan 27, 2007


TUCSON, Ariz. --- North Carolina players Alex Stepheson, Deon Thompson, Tyler Hansbrough and Wayne Ellington spoke to reporters outside of the visitor's locker room following the game.

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ALEX STEPHESON

Listen to Audio (1:25)

This is a good statement, but it doesn't say too much. Arizona is a great team. We played well. They played well, but we played better.


DEON THOMPSON

Listen to Audio (1:52)

I found out right before the game (he would start), when Coach [Roy Williams] wrote my name on the board. I was excited. Coach told me he had confidence in me right before the tip off.

Coach emphasized it as an opportunity for the team and guys to step up.

I wanted to play well in front of my family.

The win is satisfying, especially the amount we won by.


TYLER HANSBROUGH

Listen to Audio (1:35)

This is a great atmosphere to play in here.

On Arizona becoming frustrated

I was just concerned about us. They scored to cut the lead a bit, and we just had to say within ourselves.


WAYNE ELLINGTON

Listen to Audio (1:26)

It shows the type of team we are mentally. It shows that we are mentally tough and that we can go on the road and get this kind of win.

We are so deep, and have so many guys that can rotate in and out, losing one of our best players doesn't matter.


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