Quoting ACC Men's Basketball: February 20

Feb. 20, 2012

Boston College head coach Steve Donahue on if the winning the ACC tournament presents a goal for his team…

“I think there's no question. I think you constantly talk about getting better so you can get into the conference tournament and make a run. I really wish the Ivy did the 20 years that I was in the league, I didn't have that chance to talk to teams that were out of it early. So, yeah, I think that's definitely motivation. I think that's something that works around the guys right now, take a couple of days right now, we have three regular season games and we are excited to go down there and play our best basketball.”

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell on whether North Carolina is the most talented team in the league or the most difficult to play…

“I think they are probably the most talented, especially physically. Their length and size is very difficult to deal with on both ends of the court. You know, they get more easy baskets than most teams because of how they are in transition. You have to use a lot of your - you've got to pay so much attention defensively to get back that you don't maybe go to the offensive boards as much or as hard. And so you're not getting second shots very often. They are getting some second shots because of their size and length. And it's funny, the first two baskets they got I think were offensive rebounds, two of their first three baskets were offensive rebounds and in both situation, one, we were blocking a kid out and it just bounced in a different spot and another one was kind of a similar situation where it's a longer rebound and led to a dunk. It's just like you can guard them and do well, and then all of a sudden you still maybe don't get the rebound. They make you pay.”

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on what makes Florida State such a great defensive team…

“Yeah, you know, they have the great combination that you can't teach of length and quickness. You can't simulate that in a practice. You know, the length that they come at you, and then they are quick, they have good athletic ability. And this team is really deep. So they come at you with nine or ten guys; so they are fresh. They are experienced. They have length and they have quickness. And then they are well coached in their principles. They do a great job of teaching man to man defense. It's a combination that will produce the results that they have. Leonard has done a great job of not just teaching it, but recruiting to his system.”

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton on whether his team is feeling any more pressure…

“I don't think we feel any pressure. No one has acted like they felt any pressure. We are not caught up in maybe our location is an advantage in some ways, because we are not caught up in the media frenzy of all what goes on in that region between Clemson and Maryland and Virginia and the four schools in North Carolina. We are not really caught up in the day to day excitement that goes on in that area. So a lot of the things that maybe might be cause them to feel pressure, we are not exposed to. But we are struggling along, just trying to win games. I have not seen any signs that any of our kids feel any unnecessary pressure. I think we make some mistake, like all teams do, and maybe we might make some poor decisions here and there, but I haven't seen any signs of our players acting like they feel any unnecessary pressure.”

Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory on the balance of his team without Glen Rice Jr....

“Well, you know, I think we have grown in that area. One of the things that we have tried to do is especially some of our younger post players is to give them the confidence that we want to go into them and play some in out basketball and those guys have responded all year long in a real positive manner. You know, it's completely new for them, and so with that has been some inconsistency. But if you look statistically, not just in minutes played, but also in production, and you add Julian Royal to it as a freshman, where he started to what he's doing now, those guys have really grown up this year…But I do think we the last few games, we have moved the ball better. And in particular in the Virginia Tech game, I thought offensively, we were really sharp and defensively, we did some good things, as well. We were able to go back to establishing ourselves on the backboard, which we did not do against Wake Forest. And so those are key components for what we try to get done. You know, it's not any secret, when we have done those things, we have played much better, performed much better.”

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon on whether the ACC tournament helps in terms of focusing and keeping attention late in the season…

“We have not gotten there yet. I'm sure it will that week. We are just trying to be the best team we can be. We have got young guys and just trying to get them better. You know, I think before Pe'Shon got hurt, we were thinking differently. We were really starting to play well. And it's just kind of changed everything here in the last week. We are still trying to play well and we are still trying to win every game, there's no question about that. But right now, we have got to improve this and we have got to get guys used to playing the positions they are playing and lack of depth and figuring out which non scholarship players I'm going to play in the game, and that's changed every game. So that's where we are right now. And we have had so many games, we went Thursday night at nine o'clock, Saturday at one, and now Tuesday against Miami. We really have not had much time to think about anybody but our opponents, unfortunately. More so than working on ourselves.”

Miami head coach on if he knew that Kenny Kadji would be this good of a three-point shooter…

“You know, we had not seen Kenny on tape or anything, had not practiced or anything until we got here. First time we ever saw him in a five on five situation was like in the middle of October. It was very clear once we started doing shooting drills, that he was an exceptional shooter. Even though his size would indicate he should be a great back to the basket player. He's more comfortable facing the basket. So when Reggie Johnson became available to us, Kenny was able to move more to his natural forward spot, and his game really expanded to what he was comfortable with, and that is Reggie inside and him on the perimeter shooting jumpers.”

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams on what improvement he’s seen in NC State since the teams last met…

“I think they're playing like all teams are. I think the more you play together under your system, I think with each week you get more accustomed to what the coaching staff wants. You get more accustomed to getting the shots the way that the new style, the new philosophy of play is going to help you. So I think the experience of playing that, every week you get better and better. They appear to be healthier. I think that they've settled in on the starting five, and they've got a couple of guys coming off the bench that know their role that have come in and doing some good things for them. You know, the youngster, Johnson, the youngster that came in for them the last couple of games has scored for them, put the ball in the basket. Has given them another quick player out there on the court. Then you go down to DeShawn Painter who is playing coming off the bench and giving them good moments early on, and I think he's still doing that. So I just think they're more experienced in what Mark and his staff want them to do. They've gotten better defensively. To me, they're better in every phase of the game, and I hope that we're better. But I do believe they're better right now than at that time.”

NC State head coach Mark Gottfried on how he’s planning to offset UNC’s size...

“We bought a stretching machine. We're trying to stretch our guys so we get taller. We're trying to stretch ourselves from 6'8" to 7 foot. You know, it's difficult because not only do they have great length, they use it in a very effective way. In other words, offensively. They go the offensive rebounds and use their length there. They can score over you with the basketball defensively. They alter a lot of shots. We've got to be creative, and our guys have to attack their size, especially inside, much smarter than we did. In other words, I don't think you can just back a guy down and shoot a normal, back to the basket, post move. And we've made too many of those attempts. So we've got to be a lot better than that.”

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett on what Virginia Tech did effectively to guard Mike Scott in the first match up…

“They made touches hard, they made catches hard. They just did a nice job of surrounding him and smothering him, and sometimes coming off of guards. They just were very aware of him and played a very physical game and made some plays offensively. But a lot of teams, Mike's having to work very hard to get good opportunities, and that is to be expected when you're putting up the numbers he's putting up. He's a focus of a lot of defenses. Obviously in that game, Tech did a good job of really making them work.”

Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg on whether he addresses the rivalry with Virginia at all…

“Any time you have a rivalry game, you're always playing for something bigger. But, again, Virginia-Virginia Tech means a lot to our basketball team. It means a lot for us continuing to move forward and winning games. But it also means a lot to the Hokie Nation like it does to the Cavaliers. It's obviously a game that on the court is extremely competitive. Off the court you would hope it would be civil. We don't recruit a ton of the same players, but we have recruited a couple of the same players. Our biggest thing is we're very proud of what we're doing here at Virginia Tech, but we had a great road win against Virginia. They're now our next game, and we have a chance to, again, in league play, to sweep anyone is difficult let alone to sweep your rival.”

Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik on how he is using the week off…

“Well, what we've done is we gave them Sunday and Monday off. Yesterday and today. They'll do individual workouts tomorrow, and we'll go back to team practice on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday in preparation for our game on Saturday. This is our first break in a lot of ways this year. I just think we have some guys that because they don't have a lot of depth, and I've got a couple of guys playing a lot of minutes, I think it's a much needed break for them, especially with the academics at Wake Forest. It gives them a chance to catch up and rest their body. As I told them, you might have days off, but you utilize those days off effectively to make sure that they're productive days. Days where you get in and see the trainer. Take care of the injuries that have accumulated throughout the course of the year. You eat right, you sleep right, you get in the ice bath and take one a day and make sure that you're preparing your body for next Saturday and resting your body in a way that will be beneficial to you. Again, they might be days off in one sense, but in the other sense, they need to be productive days and handled correctly.”