UNC-Duke: Postgame Quotes + Audio

Inside Carolina
Posted Mar 9, 2008


Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Roy Williams, Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green and Wayne Ellington, who spoke to the media following the 76-68 victory over No. 5 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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ROY WILLIAMS

Listen to Audio (6:02)

Opening remarks:
“I honestly believe that I would say this even if we had lost the game; I truly, truly appreciate Duke University, Mike [Krzyzewski] and his staff for being willing to do certain things tonight. It was their idea. They initiated a lot of the things. We had the ribbons and Eve [Carson]’s name on our jerseys. To have a moment of silence and to have the teams come together before the game, I think it says a lot about college athletics, the ACC and it says a heck of a lot about Duke University.

"I’m lucky to be involved in such a great rivalry. It was two teams playing as hard as they could possibly play. It was a very rough and physical game. It was really two teams with a great deal of intensity and aggressiveness. We got some great play down the stretch. At the end of the game both teams were frustrated because our fouls didn’t put them on the free throw line and they couldn’t put us on the free throw line.

"Danny Green was huge tonight. The kids did a great job. What a great situation for college basketball.”

On Ty Lawson:
“He looked better tonight. He was important to us. Q[uentin] Thomas made a big three. For us to be the best team we can possibly be we need both those guys playing all out. Duke is really good. I know they don’t have that big center inside, but it’s hard for our big guys to get out and guard those guys 25-30 feet from the basket.”

On Tyler Hansbrough:
“I’ve said all year long that Tyler Hansbrough has gotten better and better. He is not a defensive liability anywhere. In the game in Chapel Hill he took three charges in the first half. He can really move his feet and it’s not normal for him to guard Greg Paulus. He can guard a 6-foot-8 guy and do a better job against him. Again, it was a huge emphasis for us not to give up so many threes, but we gave up almost just as many as last time because that’s the focal point of their offense."

On North Carolina’s defense:
“I think we have gotten better defensively. We’ve been drilling it since the first day. I don’t think anybody works harder on it than our kids. It’s a challenge to try to be a really good defensive team. Sometimes you get lucky and they miss shots as well. The statistics show that we’ve gotten better defensively. It’s something that you have to be good at if you want to reach those big time dreams that we have.”


TY LAWSON

Listen to Audio (1:58)

On jumping out to an early lead:
“It was good because we took the crowd out of the game for a lot of the first half. We were able to go inside and get Tyler the basketball, and Danny played big for us, so that’s how we got a big lead in the first half.”

On how he feels about winning the regular season championship:
“We haven’t won the ACC title straight out since we’ve been here, so it feels good for that. No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament coming up, and so this is one step that’s leading to another for the ACC Tournament Championship.”

On his health:
“I’m probably like 80, 85 [percent]. I’ll keep working on my ankle and things like that, but I feel good, though.”


TYLER HANSBROUGH

Listen to Audio (2:12)

On holding Duke scoreless on their last 11 possessions:
“We just had to get some stops. We switched [on] the screens, we definitely tried to control the penetration and get a hand up on shots and made sure that they didn’t get an offensive board for a putback.”

On the death of Eve Carson:
“It was just a shock when it first came out. She was such a great person. It’s been a sad atmosphere around campus and it’s sometimes hard to stay focused with the things going on, but definitely, our prayers go out to her family.”


DANNY GREEN

Listen to Audio (4:36)

On the team’s mindset when Duke retook the lead:
“We’ve been down before – it’s nothing new to us. Just because it’s Duke doesn’t mean that we can’t come back on them and win. We kept our composure [and] kept playing. There was still a lot of time left… We got stops we needed, we executed, got the ball inside, got some easy baskets, easy lay-ups, tip-ins and hit our free throws at the end when it counted.”

On the team shooting better Saturday than in the first meeting:
“We didn’t shoot the ball well at all the first time we played them, and that’s not normal for us. We wanted to play better, and we wanted to shoot better. Not just me, but Wayne and our perimeter guys. We took it personally.”


WAYNE ELLINGTON

Listen to Audio (2:05)

On the decision to switch on ball screens:
“We knew that with the style of play that they have and the guys that they have on their team, that they like to pick and pop out for the three. The big guy, [Kyle] Singler, he can shoot it, so that’s what we did tonight.”

On having a good performance against Duke:
“It felt good. I just let it flow tonight. I didn’t force anything and I just let the game come to me and it felt good to finally make some shots and get in big win in this building.”



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