Coach Quotables: Jan. 16



Clemson's head coach Brad Brownell on home court advantage in the ACC...

"Well, I think it helps. I think everybody enjoys being at home, especially when basketball season officially gets going. We don't quite have the crowds sometimes in December and November that we usually have in January and February, and so it makes a bigger difference for us. And I'm sure the same is true in some of the other places in the league....And I just think sometimes it's not always who you play but when you play them and sometimes when you have a little extra time to get ready, a little rest, your guys are ready to get back out there again after you've had three or four days of practice. They're tired of practicing.

Duke's head coach Mike Krzyzewski on the leader(s) on his team...

"Well, I think that you have to be flexible in the group that you have, and the group we have has they're 15 and 2, and they're overall doing a really good job without just having one or two guys. So we have to be flexible in how we bring a team like this along, like we were, I think we have been and I think will continue to be unless we see an emergence of consistent excellence by a few guys, or one guy. I really think the guy who's played unbelievably well since Christmas is Miles. I mean, and you see Quinn Cook playing better. We just want to keep seeing improvement, and we'll adjust accordingly."

Florida State's head coach Leonard Hamilton on Deivida Dulky's 32 point performance against North Carolina...

"Well, Deividas really just scored out on the floor of the offense. We didn't run a whole lot of sets for him. I think we had much better ball movement and ball reversal. Our execution of our offense was just better. We all know that Deividas has been our best jump shooter over the last two or three years, but unfortunately like a lot of players, he's been trying so hard that I think he just hasn't relaxed this year and shot the ball as consistently as he has in the past. He spends so much time in the gym, I just think that the fact that we have not been playing very well was weighing very heavily on him, and he just relaxed himself, and it was one of those games that I'm sure most players will have in their career where they seem to come out of their stressful mental state. So he was locked in, and we didn't do anything different than we normally do except his along with some of the other players' shots were falling. "

Georgia Tech's head coach Brian Gregory on the Yellow Jackets' improved performance in conference play...

"You know, I think our guys just kind of realized that if we do what we're supposed to do and kind of stick to the core objectives that we've talked about, and that's playing really good team defense and that's kind of rebounding by committee with everybody on the glass, we're going to put ourselves in a position where as we steadily get better offensively or on the nights where we shoot the ball well like North Carolina State, then we have a chance to do some good things this year. We talk about the future and building for the future, but at the same time you want to make sure that you're not looking past the present right now."

Maryland's head coach Mark Turgeon on Sean Moseley's toughness...

"Sean brings it every day. Sean has been there. He's won a league championship, he's played in the NCAA tournament. He knows what it takes. You'd have hoped that our young guys would start taking the same approach that Sean does every day for practice and in games, and they still haven't done it. But no, his will to win yesterday was off the charts. He defended, he made all the plays for us late, and he continues to try to lead this young team as best he can. He played like a senior. He played like a senior that's been there, that's been to the NCAA, and he knows what it takes. I was really proud of him yesterday."

Miami's head coach Jim Larranaga on Reggie Johnson's effect on Kenny Kadji...

"I think Kenny Kadji was praying for the day that Reggie Johnson would come back and be available to man the center position and take up a lot of space in the low post and guard the other team's biggest man. Kenny is very much a finesse player, a terrific shooter. He's better suited to play the four than he is the five. With Reggie inside, it's chosen his role and made him more comfortable, and given him better shot opportunities. We want him to continue to make progress at the offensive end and really, really work at defending and rebounding. Because when he's not having to battle in the low post the whole game, there are nights when he can crash the defensive backboards and the offensive backboards and be a huge help to us in that category. "

North Carolina's head coach on what response he is looking for this week in practice after the Florida State game...

"See if we live. I don't think it needs much elaboration. We've got to have great practices. I mean, we're not going to go up and beat Virginia Tech just because we lost on Saturday. People say, oh, they're going to bounce back. It makes no difference. We could go up there and play well and still not be successful. We've just got to do a heck of a lot better job."

NC State's head coach Mark Gottfried on whether he'd like a consistent starting five...

"Yeah, most people do. Especially if you're winning, when you're winning games. If you're losing, sometimes you want to evaluate your team and maybe shake things up. But I do think players get into a rhythm, even the guys coming off the bench. They really start to understand that groove of when I'm normally coming into the game. So I think there are some positives with that. "

Virginia's head coach Tony Bennett on how he plans on getting recruit Teven Jones into things both on the practice floor as well as academically...

"From a basketball standpoint it helps give us some depth in practice. He can't play in the games, but it will just get him more ready for the following year. Plus in the process it helps us having another guy. From the academic side of things, he won't be traveling, so he can really focus in and try to get off to a solid start here and get some quality credits and start his academic career on the right foot as well. So, again, for us, this is a win win, and I appreciate it that Coach Huckaby would be unselfish enough to say this is going to help you guys and help him, and he allowed us to have him because he had obviously graduated from high school."

Virginia Tech's head coach Seth Greenberg on the Hokies' shot selection...

"First of all, we charted every single shot from last game, and we've got one or two shots I would have liked back. But we actually got good shots. We're not playing fast enough. We've got to get out in transition. Our wing guys are not running hard enough. They're not running deep enough. They're not giving us enough space to attack. "

Wake Forest's head coach Jeff Bzdelik on Ty Walker's improvement this year...

"It's a combination of a couple of things. Number one, he's grown up through the years. I think this past experience that he had to endure has made him appreciative of the opportunity that he has. He understands also too that there is an urgency here that he only has a handful of games left. If he's going to make anything of his career and leave a mark, it needs to be done now because there is no tomorrow. "