Quoting ACC Men's Basketball: February 28, 2012

Boston Head coach Steve Donahue on Ryan Anderson and Lonnie Jackson's elevated play towards the end of the year...

"You know, I think what we're trying to do all the time with all these young guys is trying to evaluate who's going to be your real foundation going forward, and those are the things that I'm looking at, and I agree with you...I think they've established themselves as solid ACC players at an early part of their career that I think we can expect great things. The rest of my evaluation is we've got to continue to evaluate these guys and add pieces to what we need in the future. There's no real answer to that. That's the hard part of trying to figure out what guys are going to help you and when you go evaluate them and who can maintain their toughness and their execution on both sides of the ball in a long season, and that's what we're trying to figure out. Is it youth or is it inexperience, or is it just like, hey, they're giving all they've got, that's all they've got in the tank."

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell on the things Tanner Smith does that you can't see in a box score...

"Well, little things like inbounding the ball against presses, against pressure, underneath out of bounds, you know, in difficult situations. Telling other guys on the court what to do and when they're in the wrong spot, where to be to get in the right spot, and then just all those huddles that you have and free throws and that players kind of have throughout the course of a game, the guy talking the most in our huddle is Tanner Smith, and he's settling guys down, every once in a while probably getting in a guy's face. He's telling guys what they need to hear. Those are things that are hard to measure in terms of significance until all of a sudden a kid is gone and you start looking at your huddle and things like that and they're just different and they're not as good and not as productive and wondering why, and there are more mistakes, and it's because you miss a guy like that."

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on if this has been more difficult than previous years or at least different in getting to the same position...

"Oh, yeah, a lot different. You can tell by the number of starting lineups. We don't have one kid who's started every game. You know, we've had nine different players start games. And we've had our toughest schedule. This has been a really tough schedule in a long year because it started with the summer tour. So you have a chance for a team to run out of gas or get tired mentally and physically, and different guys have had to emerge and become consistent. I really think right now our perimeter with Tyler, Austin and Seth have been really consistent, and then Andre comes up with big games. We haven't been scoring inside as much as we had been, and if we can get that going again, then we'll be a little bit better."

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton on whether there is such thing as momentum going into the ACC Tournament...

"Well, I think everybody wants to win each and every basketball game. This is not about that. You normally feel better when you're winning than you do when you're not. Sometimes when you lose you're more motivated. What we have to do is just not try to look too far into the future and worry about the tournament. What we've got to do is just focus on the game and try to win them one at a time. I'm not really concerned that much about the tournament, the ACC tournament or the NCAA tournament in particular, because I do believe that those things pretty much take care of themselves if you stay focused and consistent with the opportunity you have available."

Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory on how difficult is it to maintain the intensity and the emotion for a team that has struggled and then how gratifying it is to see the team perform well...

"Well, we've talked about it. Guys are going to not buy in or give up? If you have any character at all, and if the game is important enough to you, and if the school and what you're trying to do is important enough to you, you stick to it. You know, there's days where the cloud is a little darker than normal, but you've just got to keep telling our guys that this is a process that we're under, and it's not going to be easy. I think some of the preliminary stuff before  the season helped these guys kind of understand what they're under and had to look at the big picture of what we're trying to get done. You know, the hardest part for young guys is that there's not the instant gratification. Are they working harder? Are they trying to play harder? Are they trying to do the right things in other areas, as well, and why don't they just automatically get rewarded for it? Well, it doesn't work that way. It just doesn't.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon on what Sean Mosley means to the team both in terms of his game, his contributions on the stat line, but also the leadership and the things behind the scenes...

"Well, Sean has had a great year. He's been really pretty consistent daily in practice. He brings it every day. He tries to motivate and lead in practice as best he can with this team. You know, for me, it's been great because he does bring it every day and he competes every day, and he prepares every day to win games. You know, whether it looks like it's rubbing off on the young guys or not, it is, and he's really the only example I have of that, a guy that's won, I guy that knows what it takes to win, and so it's been very helpful. You know, just me being my first year, he's bought in from day one, and I'll never forget that. He's helped this transition. This could have been a really ugly year for us, and it's turned out to be a pretty good year. There's still a lot ahead of us. Hopefully we can do some things. But I think the reason we've been somewhat successful is because of Sean and his effort every day."

Miami head coach Jim Larranaga on what he's learned about coaching in the ACC...

"Well, the first thing you know is every game is a huge battle. Every team is very, very well coached, and very, very well prepared. Everybody is very good on their home court, and many of the teams are very, very tough on the road. I would say the other thing is we're learning about the University of Miami. One of the things that people said was that, there was not a lot of student support or fan appreciation. But looking at the last couple of home games against Carolina, we had the largest student turnout in the school's history, 1500 students, which is the maximum number of tickets available to students. But 1500 seats are reserved. That was a sellout. And yesterday, we had the second sellout in school history. So it's great to see the enthusiasm and the growth in our program in a very short period of time."

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams on what he wants to see his team do better in the final two games of the regular season...

"Yeah, if I were a football coach, I would add special teams, but I can't do that. So I'll just say offense and defense. We don't have special teams. But you could say special situations. We didn't get very good shots except for Z's dunk down the stretch. So we've got to get better in late game situations. But Virginia exposed us, I thought, defensively. We weren't tough enough or patient enough to guard for 35 seconds. Then we've got to do a better job with our motion and our screening and our execution of our set stuff on the offensive end."

NC State head coach Mark Gottfried on campaigning for a NCAA Tournament berth...

"No, number one, most of the time coaches campaign when they're asked a question. They respond. I think we all normally would do that. I don't know that that has much bearing on anything. The committee does a great job. They have every ounce of information you could possibly dream of. I don't know that a coach going on television and singing his song at the end of the day does much different outside of making him feel good. I think my time in television you learn that it's easy for somebody on television, including me. It was me to say that team should get in the tournament, or that team shouldn't get in. At the end of the day, you have to earn your way in, and that's what we have to do. There are other teams around the country like us. You have to earn your way in by winning games. It's not smoke and mirrors. It's a simple equation. So I think that's where you end up at this time of the year."

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett on Jontel Evan's offensive turnaround...

"He's tough. He's very explosive and quick with the ball. So he has an ability to get to the paint with him being an upperclassman, I think he's matured and has improved. He still has some room for that at his touch around the basket. He worked hard in the off season on his floaters, his drives, his touch shots because he knew he was going to get those. And he's worked hard on his one dribble pull up and those kind of things. He seemed to have a somewhat better decision going in there and take advantage of mismatches. He's done a nice job and certainly made an improvement. I wish I could say it's this catch phrase that I used with him or gave him this confidence. But I think he's gotten better and let the game come at times and known when to be aggressive. Because of his strength and quickness, he is really hard to keep out of the lane. He made some good passes against Carolina and some finishes. When he can mix those together, that really helps us."

Virginia Tech head coach Set Greenberg on what senior Dorenzo Hudson has meant to him and the program...

"He really has. He's had a really good career. I don't know exactly how many points he has now, but he's been part of a team that's won a lot of games. He's played selfless, he's been off the ball. He's been a good teammate and a good locker room guy. He's also a guy that's had a good college career."

Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik on C.J. Harris' season...

"First of all, C.J. Harris, you're right, has had a very quiet, terrific year. A very consistent, great approach to the game in terms of he always seems calm and cool and collected. Yet he absolutely loves the game. He is a gym rat. Always in the gym working on his game, handling the ball, shooting the ball. He just loves to play. It's reflective of the way he's improved. He's very athletic. In the last game against Boston College he even surprised me. He came down the court to the left side and dunked the ball with his left hand. Just really surprised everybody, including myself. Just like the way he's approached his game, he's quietly, extremely athletic. He's very cerebral, very skilled. Last year it might have helped him last year playing the point guard because it improved his ball handling. It improved and expanded his game as well. So, yeah, he's been a great leader in many, many ways."