Quoting ACC Men's Basketball: February 13

Feb. 13, 2012

Boston College head coach Steve Donahue on if there a big difference between playing at home and on the road for his young team…

“I didn't think so just because we haven't had a lot of success either way. Sometimes the pressure at home is even worse. That's why I think going on the road it's almost fun for the guys. This is all new experiences. We travel nice. We're kind of secluded. We're in enemy territory. I think it's a good way for the guys to focus in on the task at hand.”

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell on what is happening at the end of games for his Tigers…

“It's been some of the free throw shooting. We've actually lost four games this year where we've had free throws to tie in the last 15 seconds. Haven't been able to convert. Virginia Tech, Boston College, Maryland. Those are three games in the league that we were actually shooting free throws in under 10, 12 seconds. If we tie the game, we make them. We have a non conference game with South Carolina that was the same way….You feel a little snake bit. In all honesty, some of the kids have executed things very well to put ourselves in a position to make a play, but we haven't closed it, we haven't made the shot or made the free throws, so we've let some teams off the hook a little bit.”

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on what having a game from a senior like Miles Plumlee does for the rest of the team…

“Well, it would be significant if anybody did it. When a senior does it, it means he has a sense of urgency. At least it shows up that way. The end is coming near. This is his last time. Sometimes for a senior that can motivate a guy to do a little bit more, do what he's capable of doing. With some kids it gets them a little bit nervous. Hopefully what happened with Miles, he can now put it together. We don't expect him to get 22 rebounds a game. The fact he got that many, and they were two handed rebounds, and he pursued the ball, hopefully that's something he can do at a higher level than he's done for the rest of the year.”

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton on his team contending for an ACC regular season title and having the target on its back…

“I do think there's some added motivation and respect that people give you when they see you're contending at the top of the conference standings. There's no question that it's easier to motivate your team, especially when you're a team that's trying to move up the ladder. That's a total mental adjustment for our team especially because we're always trying to catch up with other people. We're not accustomed to being in spots with people where people are coming at you with the aggressiveness, with the focus that people seem to be playing with now. There's another mindset that you have to be in. We're learning. That was a great lesson taught to us at Boston College because they were at their very best. They hit 10 threes on us. They were attacking the basket, were extremely sharp. We weren't quite as sharp. That's what is going to happen to you in the ACC. “

Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory on where he’s seen improvement in his team…

“Well, I just think we're moving the ball better on offense, we're sharing the ball better. At times that becomes an Achilles' heel where when we don't do it, it puts us in a difficult situation. Our defense is much, much improved. Our halfcourt defense is pretty darn good. We're actually able to make up for some mistakes in the halfcourt defense with some guys that have blocked some shots. Daniel has done a good job of that.”

Maryland assistant coach Scott Spinelli on the Terrell Stoglin’s tweets after the last game and Twitter in general...

“Everything is fine on this end. Coach Turgeon handled that with our team on Saturday. The policy here is Coach Turgeon really wants his guys or our players to mature and he allows them to use social media networks like Twitter as part of being a young college student and maturing, so they should be able to handle it. So Coach Turgeon has handled it. All is fine on this end. He talked to the team after the game on Saturday. I think sometimes, as you know after a loss, everybody is frustrated. But he's handled it and our team has accepted what he said to them and everything is fine here.”

Miami head coach Jim Larranaga on Shane Larkin's development and the challenge in getting him playing time with two veteran guards…

“Well, first of all, when Shane came in as a freshman, we didn't know if he was going to be available. And we didn't find out until after the season had already started that he was going to play. And so he spent all of the month of December coming in off the bench, and the majority of January. But it became very, very clear during practice, as well as during games, that we needed to have someone who could just distribute the basketball so we could get a little better balance in our offensive attack. And Shane was the most likely candidate. We moved him into the lineup, the starting lineup six games ago, and we proceeded to win five in a row and lost a very, very tough game at Florida State on Saturday.”

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams on if he’s ever had a year with this many injuries in his coaching career...

“You know, I've coached so long, I did have that one year. I had one year at Kansas that we had four guys that were going to be primarily our No. 4 man or power forward or whatever. We had three of them go down. And that's what we have had this time. I mean, Leslie and Dexter were going to have great competition for that starting two spot, so we lost Leslie in the summer and Reggie is having great competition with Dexter and getting quality minutes. And Dexter slides up to the one and then Dexter goes down and that means Reggie slides in there. So then we have P.J. as the first sub at that spot who also comes in as the first sub at the three and then goes down. So it's only happened once, and it's very difficult to handle, there's no question about it. So many people thought our depth was going to be fantastic in every area and it's not quite what we had hoped it would be. Dexter's loss is even more telling because that took away our starting two man and also our backup point guard. But it's not something I'm enjoying going through, I can tell you.”

NC State head coach Mark Gottfried on ESPN’s Joe Lunardi having NC State as one of the last teams into the NCAA Tournament…

“As a former member of the media, one thing I do know, is Joey Brackets, who I love, his lists will change at least a hundred times between now and Selection Sunday. So all those things are fun, and there's a lot of chatter about who is in, who is out, and the way that you get into the tournament is to win games. You have to earn your way in. And outside of that being a fun thing to look at, there's not a lot of I understand, there's going to be a lot of movement in any of those kinds of lists.”

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett on if fatigue has been an issue for his team…

”I'm not sure. I think foul trouble hurt us against Carolina from a rebounding standpoint. Obviously they really attacked us and got on the offensive glass, and we didn't do as good of a job as we needed in that last we were up three with about 16, 15 minutes and then certainly they started slowly pulling away. So we had some hard match ups out there and we didn't have probably our best rebounding lineup on the floor because of foul trouble. Did we get tired in that game? You know, looked like it as the game went on, we did get a little tired, but I think when you're playing that hard, when you're going against ACC competition, and certainly Carolina, they were running the floor and going to the glass; that's going to be part of it.”

Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg on how he can increase the intensity of his practices…

“We are not going to roll out the ball and have guys down on the floor or taking torque drills. Again, we are not about gimmicks. We are about just day to day, doing the right thing, and making progress. You know, again, our effort, and prior to Miami, we had three great days of practice. We are just not as tough as we need to be. And we have got to really redefine for our guys what toughness and playing hard is, and bend the goals to play well, which is obviously something we are working towards.”

Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik on Travis Mckie’s difficult time in conference play…

“I think it's a combination of several factors. I think No. 1, I think that we haven't set good screens and physical screens, but that's not in our nature to be honest with you. And so it sometimes is difficult to get guys open, that's No. 1. No. 2, last year, I think that Travis played a lot of four for us, and now as it is a three man, which is primarily where he's been, as we have gotten into conference play, it's a work in progress for him to continue to work on his skill set, change over from in high school, he played a lot inside. So he constantly is working on his game to improve his skill set, which will allow him to be more creative off the dribble, to create space for himself.”