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“Well, needless to say this feels better than it did in Winston-Salem the other day. I think in the first half we were pretty doggone good. In the second half, we didn’t rebound nearly as well as we wanted, nor did we make the shots. At the same time, we were up 14 at the half, and in the first few plays in the first few minutes of the second half, we got to 18 or 19 [points] ahead. But when it got up a little higher than that we got a little complacent, a little lethargic, and weren’t moving as well as we did. But again, this feels so much better and I do believe that it was good basketball particularly for us in the first half.”
On defending Sylven Landesberg:
“He’s going to be a complete player, there’s no question about that. Right now, his game is more driving to the goal, but we were trying to make sure we cut off his driving lanes, like we tried to do on Jeff Teague last Saturday; [but] we just didn’t do a very good job of it. We’ve had more practice at it the last couple of days at practice. He’s going to be a complete player. He’s had a heck of a year.”
On getting Tyler Hansbrough the ball down low:
“We tried to make a quicker move with the ball or get it out. He got caught in the first half waiting until he had the double team or triple team. Tyler’s going to get a lot of attention and rightfully so. He is able to get in there, and everyone is going to talk about the 28 points, but I like the 12 rebounds and five offensive rebounds.”
On the win and team morale:
“It’s a long season. I never said that we were the best team in the country, that’s what everybody else said, and the last three games everybody has acted like we’re falling off the end of the earth. Somewhere in between is probably where we are. We’ve got to try and get better each and every practice and try to get better each and every game.
“I don’t think the season is over just because we won today and I didn’t think it was over because we lost on Sunday, but it was disappointing. It’s disappointing when you lose to Boston College. It’s disappointing when you lose to Wake Forest, but at the same time we’re not going to anoint anybody right now.”
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On the win:
“This stretch has been frustrating. Tonight it was us playing like we know how to play and doing something things defensively and coming together as a team.”
On moving the ball around:
“We have to understand that when there are people around us, there are other people open and that is what we did better tonight, find open people.”
On the environment:
“Coach Williams always says to act like they are cheering for you and turn it into positive energy. It is the ACC, anywhere you go on the road, you are going to get hassled.”
On Ed Davis:
“He always finds a way to get that block in or play defense. He has come along way defensively for this team.”
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On his role on this team:
"That's one thing I can give the team every night -- rebounding and blocked shots. That's one thing I think I can focus on every game. Scoring would just be a bonus for the team."
What's the toughest aspect of adapting to college ball?
Just how you have to condition your body and how you have to eat healthy. Just everything about it. Just treating your body good."
Were you expecting to be booed when you entered the game?
"It was expected. My dad told me it was going to happen. I took it as a good thing and just laughed it off."
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On the team's performance:
“One of the main reasons we have turned the ball over is because of carelessness or selfishness. We wanted to cut down on turnovers. In order to do that, we had to cut down on the selfishness which led to a better effort as a team.”
On the hostile environment:
“We are not new to this. It is something we are used to now. We know every time we go out, everyone is going to give us their best shot.”