On North Carolina’s late rally against Boston College:
“We got closer by effort. I talked to the team in our meeting this afternoon – with six minutes and 23 seconds to play, we were down 15. From that moment on, we outscored them 15-7. And the wild thing is that we were 4-for-18 from the floor and 5-for-12 from the foul line. And so you say, ‘Well, how did you even get it that close?’ It was because of effort, because the kids did such a great job. We also got 12 offensive rebounds in the last six minutes. If we rebound like that the entire ball game, we’re going to beat everybody and half the NBA teams.”
On the concept that different leagues tend to have their own style of play:
“I do think that you’ll go to several leagues and you will see some similarities there. I do believe that Pitt is a very physical team. They had a great, great decisive win at Georgetown after Georgetown had beaten UConn. I think Pitt is very physical and I think Georgetown is very physical. I don’t necessarily think Notre Dame is that way. They tried to spread and run with us when we played them in Maui. I do think, and part of it is the regional basis of what you have to recruit against.
“I think since we came back into the ACC six years ago, I think there have been several teams in the ACC that have tried to speed up their style of play, just because that’s what we try to use in recruiting and so they want to do that themselves. I think three or four teams have tried to speed up play…
“Sometimes I do tend to think that which region you’re in, the kids see that kind of play in the schools that are close to them and most of the kids are going to stay a little closer to home so you will see that play continue, if those schools are successful.”
On UNC’s free throw shooting:
“I think we’ve been a good free throw shooting team. Last year, we were a great free throw shooting team. At the end of a game, we could put five guys on the floor that shot over 80 percent from the free throw line, and we’ve got those same five guys back this year. We have shot them pretty well. Sometimes you miss one and you start thinking about it a little bit. We’ve worked on free throws and I don’t say a heck of a lot about it.
“I’ve used this analogy before that one year Doug Moe was the coach of the Denver Nuggets and they set the NBA free throw shooting record. At a clinic, or just a talk, somebody asked him what he did on free throws and he said, ‘We don’t do anything.’ And they asked him what he told the players, and he said, ‘We don’t even talk about it. What you’ve got to have is good shooters who make them.’ There’s a lot to that.
“So we work on free throws during the exam period and during this break period. We brought the guys in at least two or three times just to shoot free throws for 45 minutes, because I do want them to practice it to get their stroke grooved. So we’re going to continue to do it that way.”
On if he’s ever made a hole-in-one on the golf course:
“I’ve made one hole-in-one on the practice range one time, and I went out and got the ball out of the cup.”
What was your wife Wanda’s response?
“She really ticked me off… It was 118 yards. I hit a pitching wedge about 12 or 15 feet past the hole, backed it up right into the hole, went home, got Wanda, drove her down there and showed it to her and she said, ‘Well, this is so close it shouldn’t even count.’”
Defensive players of the game:
“Ty Lawson was the defensive player of the game in Reno, and Bobby Frasor was the defensive player of the game [on Sunday].”
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