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Coach Purnell Opening Comments
We've got North Carolina coming up and we've been looking for a break through game. We've been getting closer, playing pretty good basketball in stretches. I thought we played pretty well against Georgia Tech the other night. We were in a position to win the game near the end. Obviously Elder was awesome. I thought we did a pretty good job defensively with the exception of him.
We are going to have to have a similar effort against North Carolina. Their point guard Felton, McCants at the two guard, and May is as a good a low post scorer as there is in the ACC as well as the rest of the country. Those three just to start with, and then they've got 2 or 3 other guys who can get 20 on you. We've got to do the kind of job defensively so that we don't have one of those guys have a big night.
Two things that Carolina will bring to the table from the opening tap that we have to be concerned with is their trapping defenses and their transition game. They'll trap you at halfcourt. They'll trap you side out of bounds, they'll trap you out of bounds underneath the basket. They can't press without penalty. That's not an option for us.
They are as fast a team in transition as we've played, and we've played some awfully quick teams in transition. When they get the ball in their fast break system, their primary and secondary breaks are as fast as anybody in the country. Of course, with a guy like Felton pushing, that's a weapon.
We can't give up a lot baskets in transistions nor off of turnovers. We've got to ride the emotion of the moment and our crowd so that we will have a chance for a break through win.