Quoting ACC Basketball: January 30



Quoting ACC Basketball

Boston College head coach Steve Donahue on the status of Patrick Heckmann...

"Yeah, it's not good. Unfortunately Patrick has mono, and it's an acute mono, so it's probably in the start of it. We're unfortunately probably going to miss him for the whole month of February."

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell on his team's need for balance...

"Well, I think it's critical for us because Andre had a huge game against Georgia Tech. It's a little bit of a different game when a guy makes seven threes. We haven't had that happen very often. But I think we're the kind of team that we need three or four guys to get in double figures to really have a good scoring night because we don't maybe have the one guy who's going to get us 20 on a regular basis. So if Andre gets us 14 or 15, then we're going to need a couple other guys to get 12, 14 points to get 65."

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on Austin Rivers' season so far...

"It's gone well. I mean, he's made good progression for a freshman, and obviously he can get a lot better. To learn about all the things you need to learn about at this level is not easy. But he's shown a willingness to learn, and overall he's had a really good year. But I think he could have a much better ending of his freshman year if he keeps at it, and I'm sure he'll keep at it."

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton on Michael Snaer guaranteeing Florida State to win the ACC title...

"That's a case of a kid who has not been there and done that, an excited kid who probably just really spoke out of turn. He's talked about it, feels sorry for what he said. I think sometimes when you're trying to go to a place you haven't been, sometimes you've got to deal with things that you haven't ever dealt with, and I think that's a case of a youngster being overly exuberant, a kid who probably obviously stuck his foot in his mouth."

Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory on how his team is handling losing...

"Yeah. I mean, you wouldn't be doing your job if you didn't worry about that stuff, because I mean, losing games wears you out, and it's not just coaches, it's the players, as well. You know, as a coach, I can take a look at this schedule, the first eight game schedule and so forth, and look at it and say, only played three games at home and two of those three home games are against Duke and Virginia, top 20 teams. There's a lot, there's no doubt about it... Well, sooner or later, you've got to have, as I always say, some tangible evidence that what you're doing works, you know, and so, yeah, you worry about that. You've got to make sure that the guys are continue to plug along, and as you know, there's nothing better for that than to get a couple wins. As you also know, winning makes big problems look small and losing makes small problems look big, and you just need to make sure that you're constantly communicating those situations with your players."

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon on Alex Len's condition...

"Yeah, I think he's healthy. I don't ask to be honest with you. As long as he's able to practice and play in the game, I don't know if it's 80, 90; I don't ask him. He just hasn't played well, just really hasn't gotten into a groove, hasn't felt comfortable out there, but still does nice things for us when he's out there. He defends the rim, rebounds pretty well, and I'm just kind of hoping he gets relaxed and starts to play better. He's gotten in foul trouble every game, which hasn't helped him, and it's just a maturation process. It's a more physical game than what he's used to, and once he gets used to that, and it might be a year from now before he gets used to it. I'm hoping it's Wednesday at Miami."

Miami head coach Jim Larranaga on competing against other ACC first-year head coaches...

"Well, as far as the four new coaches are concerned, I think all of us are competitors. We care far more about our own program, our players, wanting to win than we worry about the other guys. Although whenever our opponents play outside the league, we're always cheering for ACC schools to win because I think it's what's best for our conference to earn more at large selections to the NCAA tournament at the end of the year. Mark does a great job. We competed when he was at Wichita State, now at George Mason. We're both 3 3, so this game becomes meaningful. We're both in the middle of the pack trying to move up. All these games become hugely important. I'm sure they'll be ready and I'm sure our guys will be ready for a hotly contested game come Wednesday night."

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams on Reggie Bullock's transition to a starter...

"Well, I'll sure it's made him happier. Everybody would like to start and get more minutes. Reggie has really been playing fairly consistently for us all year long. He had a couple games where the shots just didn't go in. But his effort defensively and his work on the backboards is what has been able to keep him in the game even when his shot wasn't going in...I wanted to encourage him to play and not judge his worth on whether or not a shot went in. I think he bought into that and he continued to work on the defensive end and continued trying to do some things for us on the backboards. Now I think he's being more productive because of those time periods earlier and getting more minutes. I'm sure he enjoys that part of it, too."

NC State head coach Mark Gottfried on C.J. Leslie's recent cramping issues...

"It popped up a little bit in the game but he recovered from it. It's been an ongoing issue, trying to figure out why and how, what we can do to help that. For the most part I think our doctors have done a great job. Really they have all the time. But it's just a constant thing to check his hydration levels, see if he's been drinking enough, eating well, those type of things. It's one of those tricky things I've not dealt with before, to be quite frank. We're trying to do the best we can with it."

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett on his desire to make Virginia the flagship team of the state...

"Certainly that would be great. It means you would be a good team because there are very good teams in this state. When you take over a program, your initial thoughts are, Let's get it going in the right direction. Let's establish what we need to establish so there's forward momentum. Sometimes it's stopping, plugging some gaps, stopping some of the things, rebuilding, getting some things set before you can take on the visions of grandeur."

Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg on the progress of his young players at this point in the season...

"Obviously we have concerns about guys hitting the wall. Again, this is the first time for these young guys, especially when you're counting on them to play substantial minutes, that each and every game is an event. They may have one game in a month that's a big game. They have two and a half months worth of big games. But I think our guys are making progress. I was really pleased with Marquis' poise the other day at Maryland. I think he did a nice job. Even though Do hasn't shot the ball well, I thought he did some good things the last two games. Again, he's continued to rebound the basketball. Robert Brown has had his moments. C.J. has had his moments."

Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik on how Ty Walker is doing after his injury...

"Well, obviously when the injury occurred against Florida State at halftime, he was evaluated. The doctors said he had a mild concussion, a slight concussion, so we held him out for that game. He did not practice the next day at all. He went through the tests that they administer when a young man has a concussion. He felt better that next day, but there was no contact, no nothing. On Friday, they elevated his heart rate when we practiced on Friday. He had no headaches, no symptoms whatsoever. They evaluated him Saturday morning at 10:00, administered another test to him. He scored extremely well and they cleared him to play. How did he respond? Like the rest of our team, we had some really good moments where we played well and some moments where we didn't play well. So he was normal is the best way to describe it. He's had a couple really good days of practice with no ill effects at all. Hopefully we got that behind us."