Quotes: Duke vs. George Washington

Several Blue Devils met the media after Saturday's second round victory.

Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Opening remarks
"We played really well, and we had to play really well because they're a really good team. They're a Top-10 team, and to play them in the second round, we knew that if we were fortunate enough to beat Southern, that it was going to be a great match-up for us.

"The biggest thing today for us was, well two things; our defense, which translates also into defensive boards, and our handling of their pressure. Josh (McRoberts) and Shelden (Williams) were incredible on the boards. What's new for Shelden? Today, with that effort, he broke the Duke record for career rebounds. Shot-block record, rebound record; he's been an amazing winner. We put the ball in the hands of our two freshmen, Greg (Paulus) and Josh to break their pressure, and they were great. I thought Greg's attitude, his enthusiasm, his verve right at the start where we were going to attack their pressure, was key to our win. Having Josh back there, he makes so many good decisions on inbounding the ball and he can handle it like a guard, gives us a great weapon against pressure. I'm really pleased. It was an honor to play against GW. Karl's (Hobbs) kids are a team with great heart, and a great system. For us to win this game is a big accomplishment for our basketball team."

On whether or not the team's performance against Southern helped them focus today
"Yes, I think it did. We had a very intense day yesterday (in practice). It started when we got back from the game. By the time we came to practice yesterday afternoon there was a great spirit on our team.

"Southern did us a favor by playing so well against us (on Thursday). I thought we played very well today. I mean, very well."

On playing in Greensboro
"I love Greensboro. I've said that my whole career at Duke. I love Greensboro. I think Greensboro epitomizes what our conference is about. It has fans from every school, they follow our program and embrace our league better than any league in the country is embraced. So, it's always an honor to be here. The people who run Greensboro Coliseum, all the volunteers, it's always first-class. Whether it be officials, visiting teams, or whatever, they treat everybody like they're gold, and I appreciate that. I know when I finally finish coaching I'll look back, I think some of my most memorable games and times will be in this coliseum, because of being with such great basketball fans."

On Shelden Williams
"He's great, in every sense of the word. We're so lucky to have him. He's going to go down as one of the great players in this conference, and at Duke. He's broken all of these records, and I think he's scored over 1,900 points too. He's such a team guy. Someone at the next level's going to be really lucky, because he'll play for 12 years, be a starter, and bring his lunch pail every time, and be a double-double guy."

On the difference between the team's performance today and against Southern
"I just felt it yesterday at practice, that we're finally in the NCAA Tournament. Our kids were excited. We didn't even use the full time (at practice). I didn't want to use the energy."

On the performance of Paulus and McRoberts
"When my two freshmen (Paulus and McRoberts) are playing like that, it brings everybody together. They were playing with such enthusiasm. They're very competitive kids and they have such good game personalities, that when they allow themselves to show it, which they do much of the time but not all of the time, then we're just better."

J.J. Redick

On the last time he was 2-7 from the free-throw line
"Probably when I was eight and I shot two-handed. It was just a weird thing.

"It's something that happened a few times this year, where I've missed multiple shots. It's something where I just have to focus more. There's so much going on in the game and I just have to concentrate a little bit better."

On making it to four straight "Sweet 16's"
"It is a nice accomplishment to be part of four ‘Sweet 16' teams. It shows a level of consistency that we've had since we've been here and over the past nine years. For the seniors, we've already been to the ‘Sweet 16' three other times, so we're probably looking for a bit more than that."

Shelden Williams

On the play of Josh McRoberts
"The way that Josh played today was an amazing lift. For him to be a low-post presence and also getting his hands on defensive rebounds was a big boost for our basketball team. Seeing his face being very energetic and into the game, was an amazing lift for our basketball team today. He's finally putting steps together and becoming more consistent. Hopefully he'll take this game onto Atlanta."

On making it to nine-straight "Sweet 16's"
"For us to go to the ‘Sweet 16', only 15 other teams can say that, so I think that's a big goal for our basketball team - where we get out of the first two rounds and head to the next two rounds. I think that's a big accomplishment but hopefully we don't just stop there."

Greg Paulus

On maintaining a good lead throughout the game
"We didn't let them get back into it by turning the ball over. In games past, where they've come back, teams that turn the ball over give them free runs and easy baskets. We did a good job of defending them today."

Sean Dockery

On finishing the game after a strong first half
"We knew if we showed this team any weakness, we know that they are capable of coming back, because of the game we saw before. So we knew coming out in the second half, we had to attack and attack not even on offense, attack on defense and that's what we did. Most of our plays came off defense today and we're proud of it."

Josh McRoberts

On controlling the game throughout
"We know coming in that they were a great team. Even if we got them down, we knew that they were going to come back. Everybody saw what they did against Wilmington the other day. We knew that they'd been doing that all season and we knew the pressure was on us to keep pressing up the lead and stay strong."

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