Gottfried: "It's A Great Opportunity"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State's Mark Gottfried met with the media to discuss the upcoming game against No. 2 Duke.

Mark Gottfried

"I think that we have to figure out something to do with him. If you try to play him 40 minutes one-on-one in the post he'll become a real handful."

"We'll be like most teams. We'll try to give him some different looks and see what works best."

"For us, if we can... every team is different that you play."

"It's something we've done in the past. It's something that we'll see if it's effective to do."

"Obviously we have to do a great job guarding Okafor... it's going to be a collective effort with our guys."

"We need all four of our big guys ready to go."

"Last year we gave it to them a lot. They pressed us and we turned it over 80 feet from the basket. We anticipate some of that again, and we have to be able to handle that."

"Taking care of the basketball is going to be very important."

"You're excited. They are ranked No. 2 in the country. I think most people around the country would agree that probably Kentucky and Duke have pushed out there a little farther than everybody else."

"It's a great opportunity for us. We had a great practice today."

"We know they are a talented team. We have to be ready to play."

"I don't know if there's anything magical. I think we'll have a great crowd. The enthusiasm will be at a high level. It will be electric... all those things. Our guys will feed off that."

"We have to play the game and we need to play it really well against a very good team."

"We've been over there a lot, but they are really good. It doesn't matter where you play them, I don't care if it's here or there."

"We are excited to have a chance to play them at home. We really are excited about that. It's a good opportunity for our guys."


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