Quoting ACC Men's Basketball: March 5, 2012

Boston College head coach Steve Donahue on the strides that the Eagles have made team wise…

”Well, I think in terms of individual things, I look at those guys. We're constantly evaluating guys because we're just in a spot where we're going to figure out who's our foundation, who's going forward, and I think a lot of guys have made great strides individually. I think we learned to compete a whole lot better than we did earlier in the year, whether that's defensively and rebounding and taking care of the basketball, just understanding at this level how hard it is to compete and make sure you compete on every possession. Now, the reality is there's some guys that are probably playing a lot that won't play as much in the future, and we're going to have to evaluate all that. But I've been really pleased from November to now, just the guys' sense of how to compete in a game, and for the most part they've done it over the course of the season pretty well.”

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell on Clemson’s developing rivalry with Virginia Tech…

“Oh, I don't know. I'm sure my first answer would probably be that the talent level on the teams is very similar, because at the end of the day that's what some of it gets down to is the kind of players you have. I think really good environments at each place. Both places have good home environments, and teams usually do a good job playing better there. But I don't know. I just think it's a game, we recruit some of the same kind of guys and some of the same players, so I would imagine that there's some familiarity there, and it's just going to lead to some closer games. I don't know if there's specific anything with style of play or anything of that nature because all of his teams pressed and were up and down the whole time and we're not as much that way and the teams were still really close, and they've kind of been that way in the two years I've been here.”

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on whether his teams are engrained to excel at the ACC Tournament…

“No, no. Each group is different. We've had obviously great success in winning 10 of the last 13 and three in a row. But each team is different. We just try to do our best there, and we think it's a great, great tournament, and it's a celebration of our conference, and we've won some close games in it, which put us in a position to then play for a championship on Sunday afternoon on a number of occasions. And then we've won a lot of those occasions. We just think it's an important event before you go to the next even more important event, which is the NCAA tournament. “

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton on the importance of the ACC Tournament compared to the regular season…

“I value we value both of them. We think the regular season is just as or more important, or equally as important from that standpoint because it's an excellent measure as to where you are. But on a national basis, the team that plays well in the tournament are the teams that get the automatic bids to the NCAA tournament, so quite naturally it's extremely important. The only reason why I think that mindset would creep into the process is that so many of the teams in the ACC have played so well over the years, and they've always been qualified to go to the NCAA tournament that maybe they didn't have to worry about what they did. Maybe they gave the appearance of it not being an issue, but I think every school plays with a tremendous amount of pride. Everyone knows that it's always important to be able to stay on that ladder and cut Nets down and say that you're No. 1, so I don't think that the tournament would ever be devalued or not an important factor of the whole process.”

Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory on the types of challenges Miami presents…

“Well, you know, they have great size inside, obviously. With the versatility of those big guys, to be able to score on the block and also be able to stretch the defense on the perimeter, and their athletic ability and explosiveness on the perimeter with the depth that they can play and different guys can do a lot of different things, you have to play a total game in order to be able to compete with them. You can't probably emphasize one key aspect, because they've won games in a lot of different ways, and I think that's one of the things that has been a key to their success. And I think that that really poses a challenge for us. You have to do a great job on the glass. You have to do a great job in transition defense. They can get after you defensively, so you have to take care of the ball. And so Jim has got those guys kind of really buying into his style, which is a very versatile attack, and he's such a good coach, he figures out during the game which way needs to be exploited, and they had some match up positives with Kadji, and he really hurt us, and then we didn't do a good job of guarding the three. They were 9 of 17 from the three.”

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon if he approaches the ACC Tournament differently because he needs to win it to get a NCAA bid…

“I think it does a little bit. I think each team is different. You have a veteran team, you'd approach it different. You have a young team, you'd approach it different. The one thing that you always do is you just prepare for the team that you're playing. The one thing that we'll do, and I'm sure Wake Forest is doing the same thing, we're just going to prepare for Wake Forest. Playing them just happens to be a part of a tournament. We'll do everything we can to prepare well for them, and then if we're lucky enough to get a win, then we'll prepare for the next one. But I think every year is different depending on your team and depending on your circumstances.”

Miami head coach Jim Larranaga on how Shane Larkin is holding up at this point of the year…

“I think he's done a great job since he's been added to the starting lineup. He helps us in many, many different ways. He's our primary ball handler to begin the game and to begin the second half. He's also someone that's made some terrific defensive plays. He made a fantastic steel at NC State last week to give us a chance to win that. So I just think he's had a very, very solid freshman year and we're real happy we have him.”

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams on NCAA Tournament seeding…

“Well, we feel that we have done a pretty good body of work throughout the course of the whole season, and we'll have to wait and see where we are seeded. Right now our focus people may not believe, this but our focus is on playing well in the ACC Tournament. And we'll talk about the NCAA Tournament after we finish playing the ACC Tournament. But I do think our body of work all year has put us in a pretty good position. I was asked a question last week, and I even told them that I think the team that wins the regular season should get the automatic bid, but that's not the way it is. But we were able to emphasize in the regular season last week, and now we are trying to emphasize the ACC Tournament.

NC State head coach Mark Gottfried on if his opinion on his seven-man rotation has changed for tournament time…

“Not necessarily. I think we have some guys that are ready to play if we need them; that maybe have not played as much. But also like the fact that that group of seven gets into a really nice groove, too. So we'll adjust if we need to, but I think that we are who we are at the same time.”

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett on how thankful he is to not be playing Thursday…

“Yeah, I think just as you said, the extra day is important; the rest, and to finish in that spot certainly is important. So very thankful to again be in this spot. You know, had it not been this case, you just get ready and you play. But whatever you can get to this point in the year with a smaller team or an extra rotation, an extra day can make a difference. And also to work on areas that you need to improve on, which there are certainly even though we have been through a lot of games, there's still areas from a physical and mental standpoint that you can try to fine tune and get improvement on.

Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg on Cadarian Raines’ emergence...

“Yeah, it's a great story quite honestly. You're talking about a kid who had two major surgeries on his foot, and actually had to have shock therapy to try to stimulate the growth in that bone last year. And to see him have a chance you have to understand, here is a guy that has literally never been through individual workouts until this year. He's got this great, big body and he's worked extremely hard. I'm just really proud of what he's doing. You know, he was contributing to our team prior to Victor's injury, but his role has changed, and he's really put his arms around that. You know, obviously with playing time, he has gained confidence. I think it bodes well that we are going to have a legitimate low post scoring threat in the future. You know, again, he's only a sophomore, but he's a young sophomore in that last year he only played four games; the year before, I'm not sure how many games he played, but he didn't play a whole lot of minutes. You know, I'm excited about what he's doing, and he's another kid, that it's great to be in the gym with him, because he really is committed to getting better.”

Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik on where he has seen the most improvements in his team since January...

“Well, we were not very good offensively in that game. We stood around a lot. Our screening is better. Our execution is better. We are making better decisions with the basketball right now. Although in the second half when we played them, we scored I think 40 points and shot the ball well. I just think we are much better offensively, and somewhat better defensively but we still have a ways to go in that department.”