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It was an unbelievable effort from our team on both ends. We knew that if we could execute and get the shots we needed, we would have a good [field-goal] percentage. Outrebounding UNC was huge. We knew we had to concentrate on that, and we came out on top.
We’re getting the looks we need and knew that those shots would fall. I keep saying we need to be patient and the guys did a good job waiting and forcing [UNC] to play defense for more than 40 seconds. I thought our offensive attack was great. We made a few turnovers, but we kept our heads up and made huge shots. We finished the ballgame the right way.
On Courtney Fells’ three-pointer at the three-minute mark -
It was one of those shots down the stretch when the other team is making a run and we need to stop it. We moved the ball around the horn and found him when he was open.
[Tyler Hansbrough] is a handful. He’s active, he’s aggressive. Our bigs held their positions and made it tough for him to do what he normally does.
We went zone to protect him [Engin Atsur] from foul trouble and to slow UNC down. We made match-up adjustments for who would cover [Ty] Lawson.
We needed Ben [McCauley] for his offense and his defense. He plays very intelligent defense and kept up our momentum. The younger guys like Dennis [Horner] might not be able to handle it as well as he did.