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“There’s not a lot to say, except to congratulate Duke; they played very, very well. I’m not their coach, so Mike [Krzyzewski] can evaluate them better than I can. Early in the game, we didn’t want to give them open threes, then they make three of them in the first three minutes of the game. We had 15 turnovers that led to 27 points; that’s been a problem for us all year and it was again tonight. Their defense was stronger than our offense. Their defense was the aggressor. Their defense was the actor and our offense reacted to what they did. They basically dominated that end of the floor with their defense.
"On the offensive end, they made threes, and when they missed, they got a rebound, kicked it out and made another three. It was not very pleasant for us to say the least.
"But I do want to congratulate their seniors particularly. Jon Scheyer is a young man that I’ve really enjoyed watching him play except against us. To go from a 'shooting guard' to one of the primary ball handlers and have seven assist and zero turnovers, that’s sensational. I’ve really enjoyed him as a college basketball player and think he stands for so many great things. Lance Thomas doesn’t shoot it very much, but he does all the dirty work and really helps their team. Brian Zoubek, especially down the stretch, tonight he had 13 rebounds, that’s three of the last four games that he’s had double-figure rebound totals.
"Their senior night was so emotional. It was a very positive experience for them and a very negative experience for us. A great senior night for them; their crowd was sensational.”
On what he said to his team after the game:
“There’s not a lot you can say. We got our tails kicked. I told them that if they take this and learn something from it and change, then you can still get something. But if you say ‘oh well,’ you’re not going to get any from it. You’re not going to get anything from it if it hurts and you don’t change. We’ve got to change our behavior. Even the last play of the game, I tried to run the play for James Gallagher, who hasn’t scored all year and we can’t even listen and pass the message along to the other people. If you can take something that’s this bad and hurt from it and learn from it and change, then you’ve got something you can take. But if you don’t change, you’re not going to get anything from it.”
On Duke’s chances to win the national championship:
“I said in the preseason and I still believe it, that this is the best Duke team they’ve had in the seven years I’ve been here. Mike [Krzyzewski] knows them a heckuva lot better than I do, but to me, they don’t have any holes. Their rebounding and their depth up front is so much, in my opinion, better. They have more of them than they’ve had in the past. Zoubek has really started playing and been a huge factor. The stats say they only had five blocks, but they didn’t give us anything easy around the basket. His improved play has definitely got to help them.”
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How did you feel walking off the court?
“I couldn’t believe it. Four times is nice, but it came to an end tonight.”
On preventing this loss from hampering next weekend’s chances:
“We’ve just got to get everybody in a better mindset to start working harder in practice the next couple of days to get ready for the ACC Tournament. It’s just going to depend on everybody’s attitude when they come into practice these next few days.”
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What does it do for them when their “Big Three” are hitting?
“It builds big leads – that’s what it does.”
What does this team have to do now to get ready for the ACC Tournament?
“Just go to practice and keep fighting. It’s all the same in that you don’t take a different approach after a loss. This one may hurt more because of Duke and the margin, but we’ve got to go to practice and keep fighting.”
Did you feel like this team didn’t come out with any intensity?
“A little bit. I just felt like they came out with more fire and intensity than we did. It wasn’t like we came out without any fire. There was some part of us that wanted to play hard and play well, but I guess it just didn’t come out.”
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Is there any way to prepare for the initial onslaught that Duke is known for at Cameron?
“Yes. It just seems like we didn’t come out with any fire from the get-go. The first couple of possessions it seemed like we were on our heels the whole time. If guys want it bad enough, they’ll come out and compete with some kind of heart, but we didn’t do that tonight.”
How is that possible in this kind of game?
“I don’t know what to tell you.”
Listen to Audio (8:35)
“Well we played a full 40 minutes and that was one of the best games we have played all year. Our defensive intensity was there throughout. We really cared for the ball offensively. Our two guards had no turnovers. Jon [Scheyer] had seven assists and no [turnovers] and Nolan [Smith] had five assists and no [turnovers]. Those three veterans on the perimeter set the stage in the first half with how they passed and moved and worked with one another. We played really well. I think we would have been tough to beat tonight against anybody. Our fans were great. Our seniors have been such a good group. They deserve this moment. I am really happy for them.”
On what it means to win the ACC regular season title:
“You live through your players. People say, ‘Well, what do you still have to accomplish?’ It is not about me accomplishing, it’s about living it through them. To be with Jon Scheyer, Lance [Thomas] and Brian [Zoubek] for these four years. They won an ACC championship last year, but to do it in the regular season, they have something that will be there forever. We talked about that yesterday.
"Today wasn’t a game against North Carolina. Duke and North Carolina games are great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not forever, unless it’s for a part of a championship or an outright championship. That’s the bigger picture. That is what we talked about. We really did not talk much about … ‘Boy you got to win because its North Carolina’ … it was all about the regular season and finishing up the right way.”
On preparing for North Carolina with using last game or just new developments:
“You always look back and see what they did. We didn’t shoot particularly well there and neither did they. I think some of that had to do with the defense both of us played. We are better than when we played them the last time. We try to see what worked against them, here are the things we are doing a little bit better, maybe we can get those things going well again. The two times we have played them, we played very well defensively and rebounded well.”