Leslie: "It'll Be A Great Game"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Junior forward C.J. Leslie met with the media to discuss Saturday's game with North Carolina.

C.J. Leslie

Early on it seemed like shotblockers like [John] Henson really affected you. He's not around anymore, but do you feel like you're a lot more confident playing Carolina than you were earlier in your career?
[Laughing] I think I did pretty good when he was there. I think 20 points, or whatever I had, I think that's a very strong game for anybody.

Carolina is a great team every year. I look forward to battling just like we did in years past. I think it'll be a great game.

Do you remember any of Dexter Strickland's comments from preseason about how NC State was the least of their worries, they pretty much owned you guys, and you guys didn't have the right to even talk about UNC?
I'm not aware of any comments that Dexter Strickland made. What did he say?

Talk those guys up every single year, we beat them every single year, they are the least of our worries. Beat us one year and then we'll talk. Until then you can't put them in the mix." It was before the season started.
If that's the way he feels, then that's the way he feels. I don't know what to say about that. It's his comment. He's entitled to believe whatever he wants.

They are averaging like 20 3's per game. Is that unusual compared to some of the teams you've played in the past?
I don't know. I'm not really focused on what they do, what they're best at or what they do in the past. I'm focused on the team that they are right now.

We just have to get out there and guard them. I'm sure that we played some type of team like them this year or in the past. We just have to make sure that we're ready and be prepared.

How much of that was you didn't get a fourth shot at Carolina?
We lost to Kansas so we didn't make it to them. You can't focus on them without seeing Kansas first.

We believe we can beat everybody. That's just the mentality that you have as a basketball player, that everyone has to have. So we just look forward to coming out and having a great game.

How much do you need to win this game?
Every game counts as one.

But, it's Carolina. From a personal standpoint, beating those guys finally.
I would love to beat them. I would love to beat everybody. We still have to realize that this is a rival game, but every game counts as one.

Given it's Carolina, does it make it easier to bounce back from Tuesday?
Whenever the next game was... we're going to look to take revenge on that and get back, look forward to having a great game. You can't dwell on the past.

UNC likes to get up and down the floor. Do you look forward to a game like that?
That's my style of pace. That's the style I like to play. That's the style I feel comfortable with. I look forward to having that.

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