UNC-Duke: Postgame Interviews

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes quotes, audio and video from head coach Roy Williams, John Henson, Tyler Zeller, Kendall Marshall and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who spoke to the media following UNC's loss to the Blue Devils on Sunday.

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Opening comments:
"Well, congratulate Duke on a great game, a great run through the tournament. I love my guys, how tough they were the first two days. I didn't like the way we played, but we had some great things with the comebacks. You couldn't spot Duke those kinds of leads and come back because they are too effective. At the end when Mike took out Kyle [Singler] and Nolan [Smith], I stood up and clapped myself because those are two marvelous players and you don't see seniors hanging around that much playing, and what they did was fantastic. We had some chances, I felt like we got in the second half (when) we cut it to nine we never got the ball. We cut it to 10 and came down and missed an open three and I turned to our bench and said, 'Boy, that would have been fun if we had gotten it down to seven.' Seth Curry made a three from the left corner and Ryan Kelly made one from the right corner and all of a sudden it was back there where it was a really hard mountain to climb.

"You just have to congratulate them. They shot the ball in the basket. They did dome great things. It really hurt us in every phase of the game. We didn't shoot it well. We had too many turnovers. Their defense was so much more aggressive than our offense. We were trying to start our offense 40 and 50 feet out on the court and you can't do that against Duke. We've got to get it into the scoring area and try to have good spacing and see what options you have. They were 9-of-20 from the 3-point line, shot 50 percent from the field and we shoot 25 percent from the 3-point line and 34 from the field. We have four more turnovers so you add all of the things together and it is a bad afternoon for us.

"Congratulations to them. Nolan Smith, I really like him. I really like him as a kid. I really like his game. Before the game, he was down there warming up and I said, 'Nolan, how is your toe?" He said, 'Fine,' and I said, 'Shucks' or 'Darn.' I just love how tough he is. He is really tough on both ends of the court. You saw yesterday he made it tough for Malcolm Delaney and he really made life tough for Kendall. But it was Duke University against North Carolina and today Duke was a much better team than we were."


How much more physical was Duke than you?
"They were more physical and I think overall just more aggressive. The refs let us play and I don't think we adapted to it as well as they did."


On the loss:
"As a team, we didn't come to play. They were more aggressive. They had more 'want to' than us. We've got to come prepared next week."

How much more physical was Duke than you?
"They were physical. We got in there and tried to get tough with them. Both teams came to play, but they were more aggressive. We have to come prepared."


Duke shot 50 percent from the floor today. Is that more on their ability to attack or due to defensive breakdowns?
"It's both, but you've got to give Duke credit. They hit the shots when the ball was in their hands. We could have made it tougher by getting a hand up and discouraging them from shooting it a little more."

On the NCAA Tournament:
"I'm excited. I'm ready for it. We have to think about how we feel right now because I'm sure everybody is hurting, but at the end of the day, we've got to get ready for the next tournament because tomorrow is not promised."


On the quality of play in this league:
"I love the ACC. The ACC has made me a better coach. I just feel that when you are a part of something that's bigger than you and you're in a tournament representing that conference, you should try to be at your best. That's my attitude with it… We don't talk about the NCAA tournament or anything like that. We just say we want to win this tournament. You could see how happy we are."

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