OVERALL: "It was an excellent win. I thought we played very well and our full
court pressure was very good. We were able to set the tone going into the
half, and came out in the second and made shots. The field goal
percentage was huge, we rebounded better, and played better this time
against a Top 10 team. I have always said you have to take away lessons
from losses, and I thought we were able to apply them tonight. We really
embraced the atmosphere and were comfortable."
ON DUKE OFFENSIVELY:
"If you pressure well, then they will spend a lot of energy trying to beat
it. We not only pressured in the back court, but the front too which we
haven't done in recent games. We played with energy and tenacity and were
able to disrupt them offensively. Our guys did a good job of guarding
ON BENCH PLAY:
"When you play pressure defense, then you have to play 9 to 10 guys. The
second unit was able to go on spurts and get easy baskets. Guys like
Tanner Smith are always in the mix."
ON THE MARGIN OF VICTORY:
"I was certainly surprised. You can't expect to win by this margin, you
just saw a better team tonight."
ON THE PHYSICALITY OF THE GAME:
"It seems like all the games are physical when you are playing in the ACC.
We got in the bonus early in the first and didn't foul after that which
was important. The second half we did the same, and didn't put them on
the line a lot and allow them to come back."
ON INSIDE PLAY:
"Our big guys were a huge part of the game. We talked at half about
getting the ball back inside, and the key was to make Duke defend us
ON THE CROWD:
"It is a great atmosphere. With the kids camping out and their
enthusiasm, you want to smell the roses."
Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski
ON THE GAME:
"Well, Clemson played great. They have a great team, a great crowd and
great coaching. We were the opposite. My hat goes off to them."
"We just didn't compete. Clemson out played us for 40 minutes. It was 40
minutes of them dominating. They just kicked our butt."
"I'm not surprised about anything tonight, Clemson is a great team."
"We had no chance of winning this game."
ON CLEMSON'S DEFENSE:
"They didn't win because we played poorly. They played better and made us
not play well. I'm not going to make excuses.
"At no point did I think it was over. At any time, if you think its over,
then it is."
ON THE LOSS:
"Our players shouldn't forget this loss. This is as bad as you can play.
You can't say 'oh that's okay'. Not if you're wearing a Duke uniform."
ON THE LEAGUE:
"I've been the most outspoken in the league. Tonight was a vivid example
and a good reference point of this great league. It's a great league with
lots of veteran players."
"Rivers and Booker are two of the best players in the country. Purnell is
one of the best coaches. They have other players that show up every night.
Clemson's program has a lot of pride."
ON WHAT HE TAKES FROM THE GAME:
"This was a 27 point loss. You have to take responsibility of what you've
done. What you do with the responsibility determines where you are. Don't
make any excuses."
PURNELL: Post-game Audio
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