What do you think is important when you get to ACC play?
Just firming up our defense and defensive rotations... playing hard. Just continuing to integrate all our pieces in so we can play as a team and be successful.
What did you observe last year from the bench watching ACC action?
It's more intense. Every game is like a March Madness game. Those games are really important.
The competition level raises and you have to raise your competitiveness to match that. I just think the intensity level is what the difference is.
Is that one of the reasons you narrowed it down to NC State and Miami?
I've always wanted to play in the ACC so I'm excited.
On recent play...
We have a lot of guys who can score... do a lot of different things. As long as we share the ball, everybody can make shots, everybody can make plays. It's no stopping us when we do that.
How do you make sure you don't pack your bags mentally before Christmas?
Every game is important. We have to go into this game like it's an ACC game or March Madness game. We have to go into with the same mindset and same intensity.
We can't think about Christmas too soon. It would be a rough Christmas if we lose this one.