Quotes: Ewing, Randolph, and Deng

Daniel Ewing, Shavlik Randolph, and Luol Deng met the media prior to Saturday's showdown

Daniel Ewing

On the importance of Saturday's game:

"Obviously, we need to get back on the right track, coming off a tough loss against Georgia Tech at home. There are going to be a lot of emotions tomorrow night. We just need to get back on track-come out and play hard, give a winning effort and see what happens from there. We just have to improve going into the ACC Tournament and the NCAA's. I don't think it all happens in just one game, but we need to take some steps forward to try to get back to that point of playing the way we're capable of playing."

"[Georgia Tech] was just a disappointing game for us because we didn't play the way we were capable of playing, not to take anything away from Georgia Tech, they played a great game. It was just disappointing for us to come out, knowing what was on the line-a chance to win the ACC conference title-and the way that we played was disappointing."

On chances of being a number one seed:

"I think we are a number one seed, because we've had a good schedule, especially on the road with some good road wins early in the season. We've played some tough games, against Michigan State up there, against Texas. I think if we take care of business tomorrow [against North Carolina] and in the ACC Tournament, we should have a good shot at being a number one seed."

"There will be a lot of emotions. The fact that it's Duke-Carolina, and then for our seniors, it's their last night playing in Cameron Indoor Stadium, playing in front of that crowd. Hopefully, we'll be focused enough to get out there and play our hearts out and give our fans a good game."

Shavlik Randolph

"I think we're a number one seed, especially in the conference we play in. The ACC is by far the toughest conference in the country. We've won some big games. We still have games left to go to be fully deserving of it, but I think there's no reason why we shouldn't be able to get one."

On the game against North Carolina:

"We definitely want to come out and play better. I don't feel that we played winning basketball on Wednesday. I think what we want to do is try to play winning basketball. I think whether we win or lose won't be important. I think if we play winning basketball, that'll take care of itself."

Luol Deng

On his performance against Georgia Tech:

"I basically didn't take the right shots out there, I took bad shots. I couldn't get anything going. I just had a horrible shooting day."

"The coaches and my teammates still want me to be aggressive. A bad shooting night is not going to stop me from shooting the next game. It's part of the learning process. I had a meeting with Coach [Krzyzewski] and he was telling me not to just lay back and not take shots. It's going to happen, I just have to take smarter shots."

On the North Carolina game:

"I'm excited. I can't wait, just like when we down to North Carolina. I was really excited. It's one of those games that you look forward to so much. It's going to be a great game tomorrow. We're going to be ready to play."

"Tomorrow is one of those games you think about even days before the game. It's one of those games where you follow the tradition, you play your heart out, you just come out and play. You make things happen, you make plays happen for each other."

"The rivalry is part of it, but with this sort of game, it's not really what you think about. It's there, you can't really avoid it, but it's a very important game. Everybody's excited about it, the whole team's aware of it. It's what everybody's talking about."


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