ROY WILLIAMS, TYLER HANSBROUGH, BOBBY FRASOR & WAYNE ELLINGTON
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"Needless to say, we're still happy we're playing. I thought we played the first half really, really well. Except for a couple of three or four probably bad shots. One charging foul and about three bad shots. Other than that I thought we played really well in the first half. I think the pace of the game, and the number of big guys that we could run in there, perhaps, tired them out a little bit.
"I don't think their big guy was nearly as effective as I've seen him on tape. That's what we try to do all the time is try to make the pace and stamina a question mark.
But we didn't shoot the ball nearly as well as we wanted to. We missed a bunch of easy ones, but I was pleased with about everything we did. You take away some of the bad decisions on the shots in the first half, and we feel very fortunate to continue playing, and we're glad to be here playing in the game on Saturday."
Talk about Ty and your thoughts about Saturday potentially? And how different things are for you to game plan and minutes and all of that?
"Well, it is difficult, because you don't know what's going on. I was very disturbed with Larry in the first half for getting a third foul on really a silly, silly play. Because we've got Larry and Bobby, and that's it. And you've got to have people not make plays like that. I have no idea about Ty. That's just the best answer I can give you guys. If we practice tomorrow if he's able to practice and do some things in practice, I'll probably play him. But if he's like he was yesterday, then I'm not going to play him."
Obviously everybody has a lot of high expectations, but I'm not sure any of them compare to the president of the United States. I was just wondering, you know, what you thought about him picking you guys to win it. As a coach, do you feel a little more pressure to make him look kind of smart?
"You know, I love the president. I really, really like President Obama. I've been fortunate enough to meet him, and I really, really like him. I think it's great that he's a sports fan and goes through the bracket and the whole bit like that. But frankly, he's got some more important things to worry about than the NCAA Tournament. But I still love the fact that he's willing to be involved.
"I know the truth of the matter. He really didn't know who to pick. But when he played pick-up with our guys, nobody blocked his shot and everybody passed him the ball, and everybody set screens for him. Wanted to let him score. So it's payback for us being so nice to him. And he drove to the basket one time, and Tyler didn't take his head off. So that was good."
Could you talk about Tyler being a career scoring leader in the Atlantic Coast Conference now? I mean, you know the quality of athlete that's played in this league all these years. That's a pretty good accomplishment there.
"Well, it is big time. The people here were nice and gave us the basketball. I gave it to Tyler. We'll get it printed up for him, and probably NCAA will call me and tell me it's a violation, but I can handle that one.
"I do think that he said it best. When you think of the players in this league, the caliber of the players and understand that he scored more points than anybody that's played here, that's as big as it can be. But as he said, he was trying to focus on winning a game. Tyler Hansbrough, from the first day he stepped on our campus, has tried to be the best player he can possibly be.
"If you think back of some huge celebrations that he's had. The one when he made the basket against Virginia Tech last year in the tournament, yes. But the one when Wayne Ellington made the three at the end of the Clemson game was huge. Those celebrations for other teammates' success really speaks volumes about the kid. He's got individual honors, but he wants his team to do well.
"As Wayne said, sometimes you just think how lucky you are to play with a youngster, and how lucky I've been to coach him."
Now that you've broken the scoring record in this conference that's had so many great players, what does this mean to you, and how do you feel?
"Well, it means a lot. You know, I look back and think of all the players that I've watched when I was young and in the ACC. All of those, and for me to top all of the scorers in that league, it's special. It's an honor. But still, at the same time, you know, I came here to win the game today, and I didn't want to focus on individual goals."
Can you tell me, you had a timeout there before you had the free throws to make it. Can you tell me what's going through your mind there and whether you noticed the standing ovation you got when you made the one to break it?
"Well, when the time outs, I was like just shoot your free throws like you always shoot them. So I tried to block everything out. But once I got the standing ovation, I thought about waving, but no disrespect to anybody, but I just wanted, again, to stay focused on the game."
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What do you think about the people that are saying that you can't play with an injury, and the toe injury is similar to a hang nail?
“If anybody says that, I played the Duke game with almost a broke foot right after I hurt it. So anybody that says that, I feel like is retarded.”
How does the toe feel compared to a couple of days ago?
“It’s a lot better. We’re just working on it and doing little things to it is making it feel better.”
How's the toe feeling today?
“It’s feeling better – a lot better. I was out there running around, laying the ball up and just doing little things like that. I was actually walking on all five of my toes, so I think it will be a good possibility that I play on Saturday.”
Do you expect to play on Saturday?
“Yeah, I think so. I’m pretty sure. Coach said something about it, so hopefully.”
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Your thoughts on Frasor and Larry Drew?
"I think they did a great job. They set the tempo and set the pace, and did a really good job defensively. They made some shots when they were open."
You looked like you felt more comfortable with your shot --
"Definitely, definitely. No big secret to it -- if you're a shooter, you just try to keep shooting. You have days when you're off, and you have days when you're on. Today, I don't think was an off-day, but I don't think it was an on-day either, but I just kept shooting the ball."
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"We had a great year. Just a fantastic season. We played a great, great team today. I think they played a pretty good game, and we couldn't score enough. They had a little easier time scoring on us.
"So it was just one of those games where they just were so strong around the basket. Scored a lot in the paint. Turned us over enough times to score in transition. Crashed the glass enough to score on second chance points. Just scored too many ways for us.
"We got the ball inside enough, our interior guys got shots that they make against most teams but we weren't able to put them down. Probably the length and athleticism of their front court had something to do with it certainly. Got a lot of shots up just didn't make many of them, and the game got out of hand.
"So, they're real good. I'm sure they'll keep playing for a while. At least I think they've got a good chance to keep playing for a while.
But I'm really proud of our guys. We had a fantastic season. I just told them in the locker room, in no way do I want them to feel anything but proud of what they accomplished this year, and feel good about what they did. To walk as tall as they can possibly walk. Feel as good as they can possibly feel about themselves. And be proud of what they've done not only as a team, but also in helping the university get some exposure. Helping the big south get some exposure. Just doing great, great stuff on and off the court."
Could you just now that you've seen Hansbrough in person, your thoughts about him? And also how tough it is to slow them down when they get on a roll running the way they did today?
"Well, I'd seen him before. You know, he's just a very persistent, aggressive player. I don't think he played so great today. Everyone's getting crazy about him. He's great, don't get me wrong, but he shot 5 for 16. So it's not like he had Bill Walton NCAA experience out here. He didn't need to do much more. Wayne Ellington was pretty good today.
"But as far as their speed, yeah, it's something. Those guys fly out on the wings. Whether it's Hansbrough or Davis or Thompson, they fly down the middle of the floor, too. So they're not only coming at you wide, but they're coming at you right down the middle of the floor, too. If you're trying to load up the middle of the floor to try to help out on the guy getting to the basket first, sometimes you leave the wings open.
You know, they're just good. They're just real, real good. And what they do, they do well, and today they did it really well."