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“Travis [Wear] will not play… Travis hasn’t done anything in a team situation. Yesterday he shot some, even did some of his post moves, but we had to keep him by himself because we didn’t want him coming down around somebody’s foot. So he will not play. Tyler Zeller will play. He practiced a little on Monday. Wednesday was an off day but he got some shooting in and then he went through a full practice yesterday, so I fully expect that ‘Z’ will play.”
How much do you think Zeller will play?
“That’s a good question, because I don’t really know. But I’m hoping that we can get him in and get some productive minutes out of him and that with each and every game he can build on it. But it’s hard – he’s been out for 10 games or something like that, so it’s been quite awhile. But we’re going to give him a chance to see how he can do when he does get back in there.”
What about Marcus Ginyard? How’s his ankle?
“I think he’ll be fine, as fine as he’s been all year. I think that’s the tough thing because he hasn’t been 100 percent all year, but he practiced yesterday. I tried to give him a couple of breaks, but that’s about it.”
How important is it for you that this team makes a postseason tournament?
“It means a great deal to me and I think it could be important to us, but we’ve got to play our way into that. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m still confident that we can go on a run and we can be in the big tournament. It looks a lot more cloudy from what everybody says and being able to look at it realistically, and I can understand that. But that’s what I’m focusing on right now. If not, I’ll be more interested in the ACC Tournament than I’ve ever been interested in it. That’ll get a couple of calls, I’m sure.
“We just have to do every thing we can every single day. We’ve got to have a big-time practice today. We didn’t have a very good practice yesterday. I left and I was a little upset and they were also. So we’ll have to have a good practice today.”
Do you feel like you’ve had to combat a sense of resignation?
“I haven’t felt that. I don’t mind telling you that on Tuesday night, I really didn’t feel like we competed mentally or physically near like you need to. That was the most disappointing thing to me. I’ve never had a team that didn’t do those things.
"Every year I’ve been a head coach, I’ve gotten letters from high school coaches and junior college coaches [and] Division I coaches talking about how they love watching our games because we competed so hard. Most people like to talk about running the ball and the fast pace, but the coaches always talk about how hard we compete and I haven’t gotten those letters this year. That was the disappointing thing. But I really don’t feel like they’ve resigned themselves to just playing out the season. It’s very difficult for them to do that because they’re such good kids and it’s very difficult for them to do that because we can really make practice awfully miserable if we feel that.”
On the Ed Davis situation:
“I talked to Ed. I talked to his father. I talked to the agent. I think it was something that was not against the NCAA rules. I think it was something that in their mind was very harmless, very small. But if you are Ed Davis, a basketball player at the University of North Carolina, there’s nothing small and there’s nothing harmless. I brought that out to the team yesterday and made sure that they understood that.
“I’ve had conversations with Ed and Terry throughout the year and after the season is over with, we’ll sit down and talk and I’ll give them my opinion, my recommendation and they get to make the decision. But it was more educational than anything, because I really do believe that it was something that was not nearly as big as it ended up being. But that’s educational too, because it tells you what this world is.”