Post Game Quotes: NCAA Second Round

Quotes from several Blue Devils after a gritty victory over MIss State in the second round

Mike Krzyzewski

Opening statement:
"It was tough to score today... both teams played hard. They played really good defense, and obviously we did, too.... We feel fortunate to win."

On Randolph and Williams' interior defense:
"If they do drive...either one can block a shot... Shav is a really good shot-blocker coming from the help side. We rebounded well against a rebounding team."

On Redick as a `marked man':
"It's a good thing, too, because you're playing four-on-four - it makes it more compact...and opens up other opportunities for other players."

"It's been a truly rewarding, amazing year...because I have a great group of kids who have never made excuses and who play their butts off. ...I love this group of kids. It's as good a group as I've ever coached."

J.J. Redick

On being a `marked man':
"It's very difficult to be in a situation where every game you're going to get the other team's best have to prepare for that, and that's what I've done all year."

"It was really difficult to score - they played really good interior defense."

On Coach Kryzewski's win:
"It means a lot to me and to us as a team. You know he wouldn't talk about it, but I made sure all the guys on the team knew about it. I mentioned it to the team before we went out on the court. I said, `We need to win it for him."

Daniel Ewing

On containing Mississippi State's offense:
"The biggest thing for us was limiting Power's and Frazier's threes."

"Lawrence [Roberts] and I have been playing against each other since we were 12 or 13 years old...we were always playing against each other. [After the game] I just told him to keep his head up and that he played a great game."

Sean Dockery

On Mississippi State:
"They're an excellent team we knew they'd play hard and they were excellent."

On coach Krzyzewski's record:
"It's great to be a part of this. He's a great coach and he didn't talk much about it, he's all about the team first."

DeMarcus Nelson

On Coach Krzyzewski's milestone win:
"It feels great, I mean that's the reason I came here to the Carolina's, to play for a great coach and a winning team that's on it's way to the Sweet 16."

Lee Melchioni

On the team's mentality and play:
"We have to play with a lot of heart, if we do that then we can beat anybody, but if we don't then anybody can beat us."

On the upcoming Austin regional:
"We know that all of those teams are good, but we're not scared of anybody."

On the advantage of already playing (and beating) Michigan State:
"There's no big advantage. That game was a lot different, it was in Cameron. We will be a little familiar with them I guess.... The key against Michigan State before was stopping them in transition."

On Coach Krzyzewski's win:
"We celebrated quietly in the locker room, we tried not to ruffle his hair."

Shavlik Randolph

On the emotional play against Mississippi State:
"We played with the attitude like tonight could be our last game - we didn't necessarily do that against Delaware State.

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