PC: Turner and Lacey Meet The Media

SYRACUSE, NY -- NC State's Ralston Turner and Trevor Lacey met with the media to discuss Louisville.

Hi, Ralston. When you get to this stage of the Tournament, the seeds still apply. In other words, if you guys win this region, is it an upset?
I think so. Correct me if I'm wrong, we're the lowest seed in this regional. So I think, if you look at it from that standpoint, yeah, it would be an upset.

What about your standpoint on it?
I don't look at it as an upset. I feel like we're a higher seed than where we are. We had some ups and downs earlier in the season and played ourselves as an 8 seed. By the seeding it would be an upset, but I don't feel like it would be an upset. We're up there with any team.

Trevor, what did you guys do so well in Louisville against them the first matchup? Kind of what do you draw off that this time?
We defended them well. Most possessions we limited them to one shot. We handled their press well, and we created easy opportunities for us on the offensive end by handling their press. If they press, again, we have to do a good job on their press and keeping Harrell off the glass.

As a follow-up, how different are they now without Chris Jones in what you've seen on film and what you've faced?
I think they're different just because of what Chris Jones brought to the team, but at the same time, they're still good, obviously. They wouldn't be here if they weren't. They found a way to kind of get it done without him. So they're still just as dangerous.

Ralston, you were here a couple years ago, and I know the rims are different and the court's different, but same building. Any thoughts on that as you come back out on the court today? Any kind of advantage you have, having played here?
No, I actually didn't really think about that game at all. The only thing I thought about was I probably feel better coming in here versus the first time I did. The first time, any time playing in the Dome, it's different. But I've been here before. So at least it didn't catch me off guard.

For both Ralston and Trevor, normally, when you play Louisville, you've got to be able to handle their pressure, and you've got to be able to rebound. Do you see much difference in that strategy for tomorrow?
No, I don't. I think it's going to be the same way. They play a variety of defenses. They do a good job of being pressured. In order to be successful, you're going to not to have turn the ball over. And on the defensive end, you're going to have to defend.

TREVOR LACEY: Like Ralston said, that's how they are. That's how they've been all year. Get pressure and create turnovers and get some easy opportunities to score.

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