Quoting ACC Men's Basketball: Feb. 6

Boston College head coach Steve Donahue on how Patrick Heckmann is dealing with mono and if there any chance that you'll get him back at some point…

”The answer to the former, he's doing fine. It's frustrating, because when you have mono, there is really nothing you're allowed to do exercise-wise. I'm trying to get him to look at games and sit back and really take in, now that you're in that competition and try to learn from what's going on out there what you can do better. So I don't know if there is anything physically. The prognosis going forward, I would think that we're going to try to see the doctor this week at some point. Try to start exercising again for another week or so then get them back here a week to ten days, two weeks, maybe. That's, unfortunately, that's not a really direct exactly when, but that's where it stands.”

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell on why the Tigers are unable “to get over the hump” in close games…

“We've had a couple times where we've had some scoring droughts that have really hurt us where we've gone three or four minutes at times where we maybe haven't gotten the kind of basket that we need. Some of it goes along the lines of still not having that one guy that just goes by people and maybe drops it off to somebody for a layup, draws two people on a drive, finds another guy on penetrating situations… We just have a small margin for error. As a result, we end up in a lot of these close games.”

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on what he’s stressing to his team in terms of preparing for North Carolina this week…

“Is this a 10-minute answer (laughter). We're going to stress more than I can talk to you about. The main thing is to be prepared for playing the most talented team in our conference, and maybe the most talented team in the country. They have great experience. I mean, they have four guys who are on the pre-season Wooden Award. They can be an offensive juggernaut, especially at home. I mean, we have to play really good defense in order to have an opportunity to beat them.”

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton on the maturity and presence Bernard James brings to the team after serving in Iraq...

Well, I've been asked so many questions about maturity, serving in Iraq, and basketball. I think some of it is altogether different. The most important thing is Bernard is a young man who is learning the game of basketball. The game of basketball is new to him. He's not very experienced from a basketball standpoint, but he's experienced in life, which gives him a certain level of maturity where he listens, he's coachable, he follows directions. He has a keen sense of humility and where he is, what he wants to accomplish, which makes him an outstanding young man, a great teammate, a great guy to coach.

Georgia Tech head "coach Brian Gregory on the Yellow Jackets’ first win in Philips Arena…

“The people at Philips and the people before that at Gwinnett have been tremendous. Philips is a wonderful facility. They've done everything possible to make it a home court as you can. Just the simple fact, it's not. So it is what it is. I thought the crowd was tremendous on Saturday. I thought in some key moments of that game you could feel it. Obviously we had that in the Duke game, as well. So there was a little more electricity in the place. But it's difficult. It is difficult. Can't use that as an excuse. Now getting a win there will make it easier obviously. I think that was a monkey on our back that needed to be eliminated, and we were able to do that. Now we just got to move on.”

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon on if Miami’s win over Duke surprised him…

“Well, we played them without Kadji. With him they're a heck of a team. I just remember watching film. I hadn't watched Miami a lot. Watching film preparing for Miami last week, I just couldn't believe how talented they were. They were just across the board really good players. Scott is a heck of a player, Grant, Kadji, Johnson. They just got really good players. The guys coming off the bench are all good players and good shooters. Jim's teams always play with great confidence. Does it surprise me they won at Duke? A little bit. But they do have some upperclassmen that have been through some things. They were able to hang on. A lot of teams wouldn't hang on and get it done. They were able to do that.”

Miami head coach Jim Larranaga on what he told his team in the locker room after the Hurricanes beat Duke…

“I basically just said that they should be proud of themselves. That they held their poise. They played very, very well for extended minutes to earn a 16-point lead. Duke played great to erase that 16-point lead. And it took an awful lot of resiliency to hang on and continue to fight in the overtime and come out on top. That they needed to enjoy it, but for only that day. That game is behind us now just like the game on Wednesday against Maryland. It was a great game. You won in double overtime, but you have to put it behind you very quickly and get ready for the next one. That's what we're about to do now. Put those two games behind us and get ready for Thursday.”

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams on sizing up Duke after the Devils are coming off a loss against Miami…

”You never have any idea how the other team's going to react to anything, because you don't coach them. You have a feel for your team and how they're going to react. I just know that it's North Carolina against Duke, and we've got to play our best game of the year, regardless of where we're playing or what time the game is. Offensively, most weapons, in my opinion, most weapons of anybody in the league. You've got to be able to put the ball in the basket. I thought that was one thing Miami did yesterday. When the lead got down to one, and Duke took a one-point lead, then Miami scored. Duke went down and scored, and Miami came back and took a one-point lead again and they kept scoring.”

NC State head coach Mark Gottfried on whether he thinks about the Wolfpack getting into the NCAA field…

“Well, you always do. Anybody that tells you they don't, they're lying. You always do. But that cannot be our emphasis every day. Our emphasis has to be on the next opponent and how are we going to play well in this one game. But as a big picture, I think it's natural, and hopefully we can do well down the stretch…

”We played a great schedule in the non-league, which was good. Obviously you have to keep winning games. It's fun for the commentators to talk about who is going to get in the tournament in the second week of February. But the way to get in the tournament is to win games. Everybody that's in the tournament every year, they've played their way in. They've earned the right. So that's what we have to do.”

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett on Mike Scott’s improvement this year…

“He's more versatile in terms of I think he's improved defensively. He's more of a team-oriented defender. We always get on those guys that that's got to continue to keep improving. But he's trying to be more of a help defender and working on that aspect of it. Offensively he's developed the versatility in his game to face the basket more and stretch his range out. And when you're hurt, a lot of times all you can do is spot shooting. You try to really groove your outside shot, but I think he's developed more. He's had that a little bit, but he's enhanced his ability to face and stretch the defense, get the mid-range shot play off the dribble a little more. So I think that's probably added to his versatility as much as anything on the offensive end.”

Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg on Miami big man Reggie Johnson…

“Well, he's a mountain masquerading as a man. He's a massive mass of humanity. He's got terrific hands. Again, it's like a different time zone when you get from one side to the other side. So he has the ability to create an angle and finish around the basket, not by getting up, but by creating angles because of the size of his body. A lot of times there is a direct correlation between the size of someone's rear end and their ability to score. But he's like Sponge Bob Square Pants. The guy is square. It is impossible to get around the guy. So he uses his body well. He targets well. He catches anything that's thrown to him, which is a huge asset, and then he creates angles. You've got to give the guy credit. He's really doing some special things.”

Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik on the difference between Florida State and Virginia defensively…

I think Virginia's defense, yeah, there are philosophies. Virginia's defense is more of a packed kind of defense where they're putting really good ball pressure on you, but their players off the ball are in gaps. So you really don't have any space to drive. Whereas, some other defenses everybody's more tied into their own man and not allowing you to catch it. Virginia does a great job of, like I said, you get nothing easy with Virginia. Their offense helps their defense. I think that's a key phrase. Their offense helps their defense because they don't turn it over. If they do turn it over, they're good turnovers. Turnovers that they can get back, set their defense up, get it set and defend. Whereas bad turnovers are turnovers out there out on the perimeter where the defense steals the ball and goes in for a dunk, and you can't defend that. So their offense helps their defense by controlling the ball, manufacturing high-percentage shots, not turning the ball over in a bad way. Then they get back quickly in transition. They get their defense set, and they don't allow you to get to the rim easily. So it's more of a pack defense where they really plug holes, so to speak."