ACC Coach Quotables: Jan. 23

Jan. 23, 2012



Boston College head coach Steve Donahue on the ACC's road successes...

"That's a hard thing because you look over the years in this league it's been dominated by home teams. The only thing I would say to you is there's a lot of teams in transition right now in this league. So the consistency of play, including us, isn't there yet. So you're going to get teams that feel good on the road just because they're just feeling good and playing well at that point, and the team at home isn't as consistent as it would be. I think that's what you're seeing in this league."

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell on what he'll work on during the team's week off...

"Well, what we'll do a little bit is try to do some individual skill work with guys and try to get up some more shots and work on a few of the things fundamentally that maybe you don't get as much time for when you play three games in a week. All you're doing is prepping for the next game, and sometimes you're not getting up as many shots as you need to, and so we'll try to do some things with that. We'll do some things with tape with bringing guys in and watching film with coaches and trying to show some things from several games that we think can help us on both ends of the court. But try to spend some one on one time with the kids, especially early in the week."

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on what makes Florida State so dangerous...

"Well, they're the most experienced, the oldest team in our league, and they're as deep as anybody, and they play really good defense. You know, they have men. They have six guys who are seniors, two post grads and then James who's older because of his military service. I mean, they're just different than anybody in our league. It's easy to see that they're very well coached."

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton on dealing with the emotional highs and lows in a season...

"Well, we've all as a coaching staff always understood the strengths and weaknesses of our team, and most of the progress we had to make were more mental and emotional than anything else. And we've tried to be positive. I've tried to stay focused. I've been consistent in our approach...And finally, once we went and lost badly to Clemson, it kind of we all kind of it kind of brought us into a real serious focus, and hopefully that will be something we can maintain the remainder of the season."

Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory on the Miami team as a whole...

"Yeah, you know, I mean, I think any time a change is made in the program, there's going to be a learning curve when you add when you add to it the inability to have a continuous lineup and players because of the stuff that Jim has gone through with injuries and different things like that guy is sick, it makes it even more difficult. And so the flashes of the team that you know Jim can have there, you know, has been just that, just flashes...You know, they have a pretty good package, it's just unfortunate for Jim with a guy with his coaching pedigree and how good of a coach he is not to be able to have all those pieces together all the time to have the type of team. But there's a lot of basketball left to be played, and I think they're one of those teams that, as we hit the end of January here, that's only going to keep getting better."

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon on Alex Len as a player and on his health...

"First of all, his ankle, we'll see when practice comes around today if he's going to be able to go. A little sore, treatment yesterday. He's in class unfortunately all day today, which makes it tough for treatment, but we'll see. I expect him to play Wednesday. How much and how healthy he'll be, we'll see. That could change between now and Wednesday. But he played well his first few games, play well at North Carolina State. I thought he was aggressive. He seems to be in foul trouble a lot. Obviously Saturday he got hurt early and really wasn't doing much before he got hurt, but got hurt early, and it might be a confidence thing. Teams have been able to scout him a little bit. That might be part of it. But he just hasn't really got into a flow the last three or four games. We need him on the floor because defensively he just gives us a presence around the rim, and he's a good rebounder for us."

Miami head coach Jim Larranaga on Kenny Kadji...

"Yeah, I think they're starting the season when Kenny was basically our biggest guy. He was not totally comfortable in that role, and he hadn't played in a long time. He hadn't played in like a year and a half against competition. He started to play pretty good in early December, and then when Reggie Johnson became eligible and he was able to move away from the basket he was much more comfortable playing that four than really being the five man. Since that time, he shot the ball extremely well. He's helped us by rebounding the ball well at both ends, and he's really having a nice year."

North Carolina head coach on dealing with Dexter Strickland's absence...

"We haven't even talked about it very much, but yesterday in practice we put Reggie in there, and I would assume that's the way it would stay unless something weird happened in practice. Reggie's gotten better defensively. He's started giving us a lift rebounding the basketball on the offensive board, and the defensive board. I think that he deserves it. Knows more about what's going on than P.J., for example. I know that there are 25 to 30 minutes a game there that somebody's going to have to pick up, and my guess it would be a combination of a lot of guys. But we'll see after we start Reggie."

NC State head coach Mark Gottfried on the hype surrounding this week's game with North Carolina...

"Oh, I think our players will be excited. They've been excited to play every game, but this game's different. There is no question. It feels different to your players, fans, students on campus. So our players are very well aware of that. For us, it's just a great opportunity and I think our players view it like that."

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett on Sammy Zeglinksi's shooting woes...

"I think I told you Sammy was really sick a couple of days before, and I don't think he quite had his energy. But if it's a good shot, you take it with confidence. I've said that before. Keep trying to find ways to let it come and shoot with confidence. Then if you can find other ways to help out the team, Don't be defined at all by that shot. But know when you have a shot, you have to have the confidence from your coach, from yourself to shoot it with rhythm. That's when you start pressing or aiming a little more than trusting your stroke that you get in trouble."

Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg on his team's first conference win...

"I'm really proud of our guys. It was a much needed win, and more importantly it was important for us to finish a game. We've been in that position before. To be able to do it on the road was hopefully, obviously, it gives us something we can build on. Having said that, it's one win. We have to prepare for a tough week. A very talented, athletic offensive minded BYU team, then getting back into league play. It's hard when you're playing these back to back games against new opponents. Usually when you're playing for a league game, at least if you coached against that coach before, you really have a good feel going even prior to starting your preparation on how you're going to play that game."

Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik on his team's confidence right now...

"I think we're in a good place. I mean, we really had just one clunker, and that was North Carolina State where we just allowed the fact that we couldn't score to affect all areas of our game ask we had zero energy and just wasn't very good. I think Maryland we played well for good portions of the game. I thought Boston College we obviously played well on the road there. Duke made a lot of tough shots, but we competed and we scored. We just couldn't stop their barrage of threes. So we're feeling good about ourselves and we're anxious to compete against Florida State who we know is playing an extremely high level, and we're looking forward to that challenge."