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Duke vs North Carolina post game quotes

Posted Sunday, March 4, 2007

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Chapel Hill, NC - Quotes from the press conferences following the North Carolina Tar Heels 86-72 win over the Duke Blue Devils.

UNC Coach Roy Williams

Opening Statement:
"It was a great afternoon for us. It was a very fitting way, in my opinion, for Wes Miller and Dewey Burke and Reyshawn Terry to play their last game in the Smith Center. It was a big time game. It's a very aggressive, physical, demanding game on both ends of the floor. Tyler Hansbrough, I told him - I guess its about as big a compliment as I would give him - that was a Sean May-like - 26 points, 17 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. He was impressive. I thought Marcus coming off the bench, giving us 13 was something. Defensively - in the first half I thought we were pretty good, in the second half I didn't think we were nearly as good. But again, we were playing a very, very good basketball team."

UNC head basketball coach Roy Williams

"I liked our defense, as I said, for the first part of the game. Early in the game, we were extremely active and got a big lead - I don't know how big - but we basically kept that almost the whole first half."

"You hate that it ended like it did - with the stuff going on but, at the same time, we were very, very pleased and we also realize that we're very happy and very lucky. We got a lot of help down the last week of the season. We did set a goal of winning the regular season. We didn't think we would part of it at 11 and 5 but we're very thankful for that and now we've got to play."

On the incident at the end of the game:
"I thought that Tyler was hit. The referees said that they would look at it. They did say immediately it was going to be an intentional foul but they wanted to look at it on the monitor. They looked at it on the monitor and then made their decisions."

On the extent of Tyler's injury:
"It's not like a prize fight where you ask what the other guy looks like - he looks pretty bad. They say that it is not broken."

On the inside game plan today:
"With Tyler and Brandan I think we should. I'm still mystified cause I thought we were maybe going to be the best shooting team I've ever seen and we haven't shot it consistently all year. We make some, but don't make some. I felt all year that we were going to be a great shooting team and we haven't been, but those guys inside have really done a nice job. Georgia Tech, the other night, we lost. To Maryland, we lost. But if you look our big guy stats are still pretty good. We are at least sensible - we're not the brightest guys all the time but I do feel like we have to go inside with the basketball."

On whether the team was made aware that a win would give them first place in the ACC:
"I went to the baseball game and somebody came down and told me that Wake Forest had beaten Virginia and I said it makes no difference - we still have to play. If the team knew that it was first place or fifth place - I didn't say anything about that."

Tyler Hansbrough

On the foul on Tyler Hansbrough that led to Gerald Henderson's ejection:
"I have not seen the replays - I told you my impression. I thought Tyler got hit."

On Coach Krzyzewski suggesting that the team's starters should not have been in the game when Tyler Hansbrough was fouled:
"I don't understand that - I mean both teams had `em in. I was sitting in the stands my first - the only game I saw when I was first here as a high school coach - we win and beat Duke and we were down by eight with 17 seconds to play. I don't even know how much time was left when it happened. And in fact we had a substitute up at the free throw line - if you want to go back and look at that. If you go back and look Michael Copeland was sitting up at the free throw line cause I was trying to Tyler out of the game. It's not my fault that Tyler got the offensive rebound and somebody else missed the sucker. But that is enough said about that junk."

Reyshawn Terry

On if he feels like the team is going into the tournament playing well:
"Yea, I definitely feel like we're getting to where we should be. This part of the season, it's crunch time now. We can't afford any setbacks. I think Coach Williams is going to get us prepared and we're going to take it upon ourselves to take that time to be ready to step up to the plate."

On finishing tonight:
"We were just determined, more than anything. This is our home court, and this is our archrival. We definitely wanted to finish out on top, and I wanted to go as hard as I can and give it the extra effort on my Senior Day here."

Brandan Wright

On inside the paint shooting:
"When we get the ball in the paint, inside the three point line, making shots, the sky's the limit for us, we can do anything. Tyler was really on tonight; he had an excellent game. Guys really went out there and put it all on the line for the team."

On getting the "mojo" back:
"I don't think we ever lost it, personally. A lot of critics want to say we did, but, like the guys said out there, we're going to be fine. Just continue to play hard and bring it together on both end of the court...If we play up to our capabilities, it's going to be hard for other teams to beat us."

Marcus Ginyard

On playing Carolina's game:
"We've been talking for a couple days now about really getting back to our principles. We talked about toughness a couple days ago and defined toughness as not letting other teams take us out of what we do. What we do is pound the ball inside. We start it inside, and if they're covering us inside, then we kick it out. If they're not handling us inside, then we're going to pound it inside. We just kept pounding it and kept pounding it, getting them into foul trouble, and we just got the shot that we want. Like we said, we weren't going to let them keep us from getting the shot we want."

On perimeter defense:
"We really felt like we had the advantage on the perimeter. We didn't feel like they were going to be able to stop us out there on the perimeter, and just having that confidence really gave our guards just that extra push to be able to penetrate and make big time plays."

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Opening statement:
"Well they played a hell of a game. They're fast and deep. I thought our kids played their hearts out. And I had a chance to watch the play. We'll take all responsibility, but if there's anyway Gerald Henderson did that intentionally, it's crazy. He's moving away from him, he's going up to block, he's not even seeing how he hit him. He should be fouled, but that's not the way he plays and that's not the way we play. He didn't extend anything, and it's unfortunate. The officials have to call what they do, and I'm sorry that Tyler got hit. That's not what he wanted to happen. But also the intent was not to do that. There was nothing extended, and he was hit somewhere on the forearm as [Gerald Henderson] was turning. I feel badly for Tyler and we apologize for that, but I know there was no intent to do that. Otherwise you would push your hand out. Again you go with what was called and I feel badly that that was happened."

Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski

On suspending Henderson for the next game:
"I don't know why they do that. Whatever happens happens. Somebody should look at it. If they see it different, then we accept it. I know there was not the intent to do that. And the game was over before that. I mean the outcome of the game, let's put it that way. That's unfortunate, too, that those people were in the game in that play."

On closing the deficit in the second half:
"We got that kick to [David McClure], and we just weren't able to handle that. [Marcus] Ginyard's three was big when it was 53-50. And [Josh McRoberts] missed a layup. So we had some opportunities, and our kids fought the whole game. They played hard, and they do have adaptive shot-blocking. Another time Brandan Wright really made a great block on [David McClure] also. We knew that they would play really well to that."

On Tyler Hansbrough's performance:
"He's a great player. Numbers like that don't surprise me about him because he's done it before and will do it again. He's one of the best players in the country. Those kind of players put up those numbers."

On the decision to go small:
"I thought it helped us really. We thought that to take advantage of that or the fact that they had been playing that way might give us a boost. Obviously you're going to get hurt defensively. Again we got it to two doing that, and whether it was the right one, what are you going to do. You have to make adjustments to try to win a ball game. I thought our kids did a good job of that, and then they did a good job in attacking that."

On the foul called on Gerald Henderson:
"Whenever you're in those situations, it may be the right judgment. [Gerald Henderson's] a great kid. You don't want to make a rash judgment, and it may be the right one and we'll go with it. I don't know why you'd make it right then, unless they have to do it and then it's reviewed."

On if closing the point difference took a lot out of his team:
"That's why we called some timeouts. With their height, they were able to take away two of those plays. We have to convert on those plays if we're going to win this game as we would in most games where we're playing against the caliber of opponent we did this afternoon."

On what he wants to see from his team in the postseason:
"Well just keep getting better. We played a hell of a schedule, especially in February. Sometime you can't see as much improvement because the team you're playing against is better. Carolina is better than we are. That doesn't mean we can't win. By playing these people you should get better. And I think we have, it's not reflected in the final conference record."

On what he wants to see this week:
"Just us getting better and we have to get refreshed before Thursday because we've played on Sundays every Sunday for the last two months. We have to get refreshed and try to be at our best when we go down to Tampa."

Gerald Henderson

On the foul on Tyler Hansbrough:
"I was not intentionally trying to hurt anybody. Obviously it was a foul. I was not trying to hurt or hit the kid."

On an apology to Coach Williams or Tyler Hansbrough:
"I didn't get a chance to yet, but I will when i see them."

Greg Paulus

On Gerald Henderson absence in the ACC Tournament:
"He's been really well for us and he had another great game today. We are going to have to step up, everyone is going to have to step it up a little bit more in order to fulfill what he brought to the team. He's going to be okay and he'll be back and we just need to have him keep playing the way he is."

On Henderson getting over this incident:
"Gerald [Henderson] did not mean to anything, I think it was an accident. He was trying to make a play on the ball and the way the play went it was a bit more physical. He played well, Tyler [Hansbrough] played well. They deserve credit for what they did they played well."

On the process after this game what is the plan:
"Getting ready for the tournament. It's that time of year, we'll travel in a couple of days, and we'll wait to see who we play. When we figure that out we'll do scouting and just get ready to go with that. That's what's ahead of us, that's what's next."

Josh McRoberts

On what made Tyler [Hansbrough] tough to guard:
"He was getting the ball, he was getting possessions, and he was getting shots."

On the second half run:
"We started playing better defense to get us back in the game. They got a few shots that dropped and we could not make shots during possessions and that's what happens."

On Gerald Henderson's possible suspension:
"Hopefully it won't be, he didn't do anything that was intentional. I don't think they should suspend him. If he is, we'll move on and he'll be fine when we get him back."

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Duke vs North Carolina post game quotes
Coach Krzyzewski suggested that the team's starters should not have been in the game when Tyler Hansbrough was fouled.
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