"I thought our kids played well, especially in the second half. This has been a week where there's been a little bit of adversity with guys getting hurt or sick. And then Virginia played really well. When Elton Brown plays like that, he's as good a big guy as there is in the league. In the last five games, he's really stepped it up for Virginia. And (J.R.) Reynolds is an outstanding player. I thought (T.J.) Bannister really settles them down. I thought they played with a lot of heart and they were tough to defend."
"(Chris) Duhon really sparked us in the second half. Tonight he broke the steals record at Duke and he did it at a time when we needed him to steal the ball. He just gave us a lot of energy. I'm proud of our guys. Luol (Deng) was really hurting during the first half and at halftime. Our trainer, Dave Engelhardt, and our doctors were able to put him in a position where he thought he might play. And then Shelden (Williams) got hurt. You're wondering what the heck's happening. I thought our crowd was really hungry and great tonight. They gave this team a big boost, a huge boost, and that helped us tremendously. Duhon has today what (Daniel) Ewing had Sunday. He's under the weather today like Daniel was. Daniel's getting better but this was Chris' first day with it. I thought he responded really well in spite of that. We're really pleased with the win, and especiallythe fact that we played the last 10 minutes so well."
"When it got to 57-54, there was a lot of game pressure on our team. Luol (Deng), Shelden (Williams), Chris -- they really responded well."
"As soon as Luol got into the game, he brought energy to the whole place, not just our team, because we hadn't seen him for a long time and I'm not sure if any of us expected to see him. And then how he played brought even more energy. Our kids have done that all year. They have really good character. Virginia was playing really well, they put us in a tough position and then we responded, which was nice to see."
On J.J. Redick driving more to the basket in the second half after taking three-pointers in the first half "J.J. is trying to adjust, not be one more dimensional. When he does that, because people over-commit, there's more of a tendency that he's going to get fouled because you get off-balance, you go after his shot and all of a sudden your start grabbing him. If that's the thing that's being called, he's going to go to the free throw line. That's what he did in the second half. I thought he was a real smart player tonight. For the season, he has a very efficient box score. He gets 20 points and he might get 10 shots. When you've got a guy who can do that, that's a heck of a player. He's been a heck of a player all year and tonight he was really good."
"Herb (Sendek) has done a great job with his team. They're undefeated at home. We respect them greatly. They have some older guys. (Marcus) Melvin is one of the more unique players in the country. Scooter (Sherrill) is a veteran who is playing great and (Julius) Hodge is that multi-dimensional player. And (Ilian) Evtimov is like a junior because he sat out. So they're older. They have a nice plan. When you get ready to play somebody, you see how hard a team plays. That's a reflection of good coaching. And then, how well do they use the personnel they have? I'm not sure anybody plays any harder or uses their personnel any better than Herb does. I think we do a good job of that, too, so I would expect a really good game on Sunday night."
"We definitely talked about it, that we needed to get out to a good start and come out with a lot of energy. And we did - the first four minutes we played with a ton of energy. Our fans were great tonight. They were out in full force. We kept fouling, and we weren't executing offensively and let them back into the game. But UVa played really well. They're going to win some conference games down the road. They're very talented."
On Luol Deng:
"He was great. He gave us a really tough performance, and for him to do what he did in the second half was great for us. He's a dynamic player. He can do a ton of things. He so versatile, and he give us a lot of options where he can penetrate from the top and make plays off the dribble, or he can post his man up."
"We're 2-0 this side of the first half of the conference season, and we have to go on the road now. It's four days away, but State's playing well. You see about 20,000 people dressed in red, screaming at you. It's definitely a road game."
On the middle of the second half:
"We just didn't have the energy that we needed. We didn't match their energy level. They came out playing with a lot of confidence, and we were just right there with them, but we have to take it even to a higher level. I think that's what we started doing, and our defense got better, we started getting our hands on balls, and we started getting into the open court. We're pretty dangerous when we get off and running, and we finally started to get into a little rhythm, and things started working out for us."
"Our big guys did a great job of battling down there. They were doing an amazing job, just being physical with their big guys and grabbing defensive boards and limiting them to one shot so we could get off to our transition game."
On becoming Duke's all-time leader in steals:
"It feels great. All these four years have been great. I've had the opportunity to watch guys learn and grow, and I just thank the whole university and the program and everyone that has supported this team and also me. This is a shared award."
"It just shows that we're a balanced team. Everybody feels involved in the offense. We just have to pick our defense up to another level. I think the last couple of games, all since the Carolina game, we haven't brought the mindset and the intensity that we need to dominate on the defensive end. We need to bring that back and start playing Duke defense again."
On the upcoming match up with N.C. State
"We have a lot of guys banged up, a lot of guys that are sick, and we just need to get healthy. We're going into a tough stretch now. We have to go into a hostile environment at N.C. State, and we have to be healthy and ready to play, because they're playing really well."
"It was pretty physical tonight, and their big guys came out to battle us. It was a pretty brutal night."