Thursday Press Conference Quotes + Audio

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – UNC head coach Roy Williams, Sean May and Jawad Williams, along with Villanova coach Jay Wright, Allan Ray, Jason Fraser and Randy Foye addressed the media from the Carrier Dome on Thursday…

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ROY WILLIAMS (8:56)

Opening Statement:
"We're excited. We feel much better, needless to say, about the way we played the last two games in Charlotte than we were for the ACC Tournament. It was a great regular season for us, but we really are excited to be here."

You had talked last week about how last year was one of the most miserable of your coaching career. Could you expand on that, and explain what you meant by that?
"I rarely used the word always, it is the most difficult year I ever had. I don't think that anyone in coaching, the way I look at it, could ever be miserable, but it was the most difficult year, which may mean I have lived a sheltered life because the rest of them were pretty doggone good. But you have the emotion of leaving a place that you loved, and had been for years. The difficult emotions of the kids that had gone through the tough time at North Carolina. They are trying to establish the trust that you need as a coach and player relationship. Going through some injuries and not having enough depth at certain positions, so on the court, it was difficult. But it was just a difficult year."

We noticed that Sean May, along with talent, he's very verbal and articulate. Do you have a lot of dialogue with him, and also, do you talk much with his father?
"It is hard to have a lot of dialogue with Sean because he talks so much. No, I'm teasing. He's just a marvelous young man. I said last year, and including this year, probably in the two years that we've had practice, I ask a lot of questions during my practices because I treat it like a class. People I admire the most were my teachers and I try to do that in coaching. And I think that probably, once or twice in two years I have asked Sean a question that he didn't know the answer. So, he's extremely bright, and he's fun to be around. So it is not just the basketball part of it you enjoy being around him, so we do have conversations. I've had, you know, two or three or four conversations with his dad and that's been fun as well. I have a great deal of respect for him. I had admired him a great deal when he played, and he's been nothing but 100 percent supportive of Sean and of our staff and what we tried to do when we came in after Sean's first year which was a difficult time for him."

Someone from Villanova said they had never seen a team go from defense to offense as fast as your team does. I know you did that at Kansas. How did you teach it and get the kids to buy into it?
"You keep emphasizing that each and every day and every phase of our game we always make sure that we have change of ends to try to continue working on it. We are pretty good at it. We're not as good as I would like. We've had spurts where we've been really good. At Kansas, it was probably the best we have ever been at it. But, I think that we just continued to emphasize it. Players like to play that way though. I think that years ago, when I played, and I wasn't very good, I liked to play at a fast pace. If you're going to do it badly, let's do it badly quickly, I guess is what I was doing. But, I think that fans like to watch and players like to play that way. And jokingly I say this, everybody thinks that I'm completely joking, but I'm not. You know, in coaching, you have negative thoughts all the time. I couldn't be a football coach because you have seconds between plays. So if you played a real fast pace, you're not worrying about what happened last play because now all of a sudden it is three plays ago, so I like that part. You don't have as much time to worry."

Coach, you've been a No. 1 seed in your career I think seven times. Could you talk about the added pressure that comes with that and obviously, the history of never having won a championship?
"Well, obviously to me, it is not any extra pressure. If you lose, you go home and if you win, you keep playing, and we've made the Final Four as a one, two, three, and I'm going to have to go back and look because I cant remember what the fourth one was. I don't allow someone else's expectations to put pressure on me. I put enough of that on myself. So I don't think that there is that big of a difference between a one and a two or one and a three. The second part, you know, there's no question I would love to win a national championship. And at one point in my life, it was my number one goal and number one dream. But I'm a lot smarter now, or mature, either way you want to put it. But I desperately want to win. I have more desire in my little finger to win a national championship than all of the North Carolina fans that there are. But still, it's life and it has to go on regardless of what happens. I try to do the absolute best that I can every single day. I don't cheat anybody. I didn't cheat anybody for years at Kansas, and nobody on my staff has had a day off since Christmas day. Not one. And so, I don't think that there is anybody that can work harder. We just do the best we can and see what happens, and at the end, when I've stopped coaching, if we've never won one, and I have the same relationship with my former players that I do with the players that I've coached right now, I'll still feel very fulfilled."

Sean was just out here talking about his possible legacy of turning the program around. How much pressure or do you guys address the pressure, of being a Carolina basketball player and what it takes to be great, what it takes to have the program back where it is, and is it?
"Well, you know, I don't know that we've gotten it really turned around yet. This is one really, really good year. You know there's no question there. But I think that my goal is the same I had at Kansas. I want our team to be one of the teams every year that that has a chance to win the thing. And that means that you've got a chance to make a Sweet 16 every year, and so I think that over time, that's when you decide if you've gotten things truly turned around. There is pressure. There is stress because of the expectations as a North Carolina player there's no question there. And, you know, when you're walking into the building and seeing Jordan's jersey and Worthy and Jamison and Carter, and you hear people talk about what those guys accomplished, and those guys come back, and Michael came and watched us practice this year and talked about things that, there is no question that there are some expectations there. But I like that. You know, I tell our guys that when they are freshmen, if they walk into the classroom, somebody is going to say, 'Hey there is a new freshman basketball player,' and when that guy doesn't come to class, they're going to say, 'That new freshman basketball player was absent in class today.' So, it's a double-edged sword. It is some good and some bad, but I think by far, it is much better for you because, you know how important it is to everyone."

Coach, you talked about Sean having a rough first year. Can you talk about how his game has matured?
"He plays a huge factor in every game, even if the other team has a wonderful front line. He's playing very, very well. He does some things that the other team has to be concerned about because he is such a great rebounder. You know, his freshman year he played a few games and got hurt and tried to come back at the end of the game. He was probably one game away from being able to apply for a medical hardship. So, you know that was difficult for him. And to come back, last year, to make it through the season without getting hurt, and having such a great year this year, I think he's really made some significant strides, and probably, in the off-season, worked as hard as any guy that I have ever had working on his body. I've had guys work on their shot before, and they are working on the dribbling or something like that. But he just spent so much time trying to be a better athlete and a more conditioned athlete. And I think that his success is directly related to that hard work that he put in."

Coach, if I'm not mistaken, five guys from your Kansas team are in the NBA right now, and a starter on the team is on your staff. Was that your most talented team? And if so, how does it compare or contrast?
"That was the most talented. We lost to Missouri when the ball was deflected back off the kid's leg and another kid picked it up. We lost to Arizona who won the national championship. We had the last three shots to tie that game. Jerod Haase had broken his wrist. He was only able to play minutes in the game and the fact that his wrist was operated on four days later, and it has never been the same so that was a big blow for us. But, four of those guys and Billy now who was picked up from some league, I forget which one it was, but I know that he's in the NBA with the Nets now. He persevered and played a lot of basketball across the world to get to that spot. But Paul Pierce, Raef, Scot, were number one draft choices and so it remains to be seen what these guys are going to do in the NBA, or how they are going to be looked at in the NBA. But, two differences. That team was extremely difficult for people to play on the defensive end of the floor because they could just undress you. I mean, you had a hard time making a pass or a dribble for a shot because that team was really good defensively. And, the other thing is, that team was so experienced, and this team is not nearly experienced in number of games but also, in the number of big games and tournament games."

With Villanova's quarter-court pressure they have shown throughout the years, their staple, do you anticipate them to do that and talk about the tempo that you anticipate them to play, and if you could give a quick thought on Randy Foye and Kyle Lowry and what impressed you the most about them on film?
"Did you say quick to all of those questions? The pressure, I think they will press us because I believe most coaches, believe in that saying, 'You dance with who brung you.' And I think that's been extremely effective for them. So I think they'll continue to do that. The tempo, I think we want it as fast as it can possibly be. Some teams press to try to slow you down. And, you know, some people press to try to speed you up. The pressure that we try to put on people is how we try to speed you up, we try to steal the ball. Our goal is to steal the doggone ball. But, you know, it remains to be seen how we can attack their pressure and see if it does, in fact, slow the tempo down or not. The guard play is really the strength of the team, particularly with Sumpter being hurt. With Allan and Foye and Nardi and Lowry coming off the bench and sometimes they probably will play all four of those guys together against us tomorrow. You have to be very concerned about the basketball because defensively, they have a great deal of intensity and on the other end of the court, all of their guys can put the ball on the floor and penetrate to the basket and I think that's the most difficult thing to guard in college basketball nowadays. I did get all of them?"

Could you talk about the importance of your perimeter defense knowing how much their guards like to shoot the ball?
"Well, there is no question that the guards like to shoot the ball. It is a factor in the game because they break you down, and you come and help, and they can give it to the big guys, or even if they don't pass they shoot the ball. It breaks you down, so now they get offensive rebounds because it breaks down the box outs. And so, the dribble penetration, and the ability to get the ball in the middle of the lane, is a big challenge for us to try to limit that. And once they do get it, because they will get it in there, once they get it in there, to be able to continue to play defense without fouling them is big for us, too."

This being the anniversary of Villanova's run to the championship, if they beat you tomorrow, do you think that's an upset?
"I mean, obviously they are probably not as big an underdog as they were then. I really think that when you get in the Sweet Sixteen there are no such things as upsets. I think that every year, there are teams that have a chance to win the whole thing. And I think that some teams' chances are better than others. There is no question about that. But, it is not exactly like me playing Tiger Woods, you know. I got a chance, but it is not a very damned good one. You know, that kind of thing. I think that this Villanova team, again, I'm extremely impressed. Wake Forest beat us, period. Wake Forest beat us. West Virginia beat Wake Forest. Villanova beat West Virginia by 38. Now, I think they got a pretty good chance. So I don't think that it would be an upset. They are a fifth seed, so they are right on the edge of doing what people expected them to do in the tournament anyway. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I think is a 12 seed. Is that correct? I mean, it's a much bigger upset even though I love Bruce and watching their club. But, that's one that's a much bigger upset possibility."

You've got Marvin this year and Quentin, but largely this is the same core as last year's team. Whets been the biggest difference? Is it them buying into your system?
"I think it has gotten too much attention and gives the coach too much credit. They've bought in better, but they're better players because they have worked in the off-season on what we asked them to work on that would help them in this style of play. But, don't underestimate the value of Marvin. I mean, I realize he's just one guy, but last year, David Noel was our first sub off the bench as a post player and he is 6-5, trying to guard everybody else's big guys. And Marvin is as big as Jawad and Sean, and comes in and is able to do so many things for us - rebounding, scoring, and that enables Sean and Jawad to not have to pace themselves. So, the other thing is, we had no backup as a true point guard for Raymond and now we do with Quentin. And Quentin struggled quite a bit at times but, still that gives us even more time to allow Raymond to rest even if it is during practice. So, those guys are really important, but I think that the biggest thing is, the combination of kids working on the things that we'd asked them to work on and some new blood and new life and even last year, when I say that David was our first sub, I mean, he missed six, seven, eight games. I can't remember because of problems with his thumb, so we were really thin at times last year."


SEAN MAY (1:19)

Obviously you breezed through the first two rounds. Villanova is a team that hasn't lost by more than six points in their seven losses. What are some of the things, problems, that they present?
"They dominate like Iowa State did with Stinson. Allan Ray is having a terrific year. Nardi can really shoot the ball. Their guards have taken over. They take over 75 percent of the team's shots and the big guys don't get the ball as much, even though Jason Fraser did have a really good game the first two games of the tournament. So, for us, it is our guard play and our team defense. If we do the things that we have been doing the first two games of the tournament, we'll be fine. I think with Sumpter out, you know, he's a terrific player. He presents matchup problems, but sometimes when a key player goes out, everyone else elevates their game. So we're going to look for a hard-fought game. We'll play our game and do the things on the defensive end of the floor that the coach asks."

People sometimes say things are meant to be or meant not to be. You could have gone to Indiana. A lot of of people thought you should. Was it not meant to be, and what do you think reflecting on your decision of three years ago?
"You know, it worked out great for me right now. It was tough at first because the year I decided not to go to Indiana, they went to the Final Four. And I had to go through a lot of stuff back home with people, really looking down upon me, and it was tough. It was tough for my family and my father who played there. He did so much for that university and cares so much about that university. You know, to say it wasn't meant to be, there are specific reasons why I'm not in an Indiana uniform. I know those reasons, Coach Davis knows those reasons, my father knows those reasons. But I'm happy to be here. I bleed Carolina blue. I always loved Indiana basketball. I grew up watching it, but this is home for me and it worked out great for me now. I learn so much about the game of basketball because of the coaches and I couldn't be happier right now."

You said the big men don't really get the ball. Do you feel that you can exploit their inside presence?
"I feel like we can. I feel like it is an advantage to us. I think we rotate three really good big guys with myself, Jawad Williams, Marvin Williams and David Noel down there some. Jason Fraser, playing with him in high school, he has had a rocky career with injuries but,if anybody knows, I know what type of player he is, and he's good. He's a big-time player. Especially on the defensive end, he blocks a lot of shots. For us, I think that we're going to make a point of getting the ball down low and attacking them with our bigs, but at the same time we'll run them a little bit. They like to run the basketball, too. But we don't know how well they're going to get back. So for us, we'll play our game and if we play our game, we'll be fine."

After last week and the way Iowa State went, they pressed you and tried to run against you. Will you be surprised if another team tries to run that way in a tournament game against you?
"It just depends. When we press and we run, we try to speed people up. Iowa State was trying to slow us down and in fact sped us up even more. I know Villanova runs a trap sometimes in the backcourt. So for us, I think with Raymond having the ball, and him playing as well as he's playing, I wouldn't be surprised if a team does try to do it. But for someone like Villanova who has had success all year, they did it against Kansas and really exploited them on it so, they could probably try to do that against us."

JAWAD WILLIAMS

Could you address the entire Carolina experience after it got off to such a tough start?
"It is a lot of fun for me. I'm sitting here at the Sweet 16. It has been a lot of fun. We've made progress every year, and hopefully we can get a couple more while we're here."

Coach Williams had disappointments over the years in the tournament. Could you talk about, you guys being a No. 1 seed, the way this region has played out, and the kind of pressure that there is on him?
"I think the best thing about this situation is we haven't talked about pressure because we don't feel like there is any pressure on us. We need to go out and play our best and hope for the best every game."

One, how is your hip? Along with that, talk about playing through something like that this time of year, especially as a senior. And lastly, have you seen Sean sneak a slice of pizza here and there?
"I have a spy. I get out of the bandages today, and hopefully I'll go out and elevate my play. I have to play with compression shorts, but it is not a real restriction. Sean sneaking pizza? Nahh. I haven't seen it. He's telling the truth. He actually does stick to the grilled chicken sandwiches and things like that. It is kind of funny though. Sean claims that he's on a diet but every now and then, I might catch him with a candy bar or something like that in his hand."


JAY WRIGHT (7:32)

Opening Statement:
"Were very, very excited to be here. It's great to be in Syracuse. We probably didn't anticipate such a warm welcome. The Syracuse people have been great to us. I feel good about that. And our team is very confident, very excited about playing North Carolina, and also, going into this game with great respect for Carolina, and we think it will be a great ballgame."

Can you talk about Jason Fraser and the role he has stepped into this season?
"Jason has been very productive in the minutes we've been able to give him. He's very limited in his practice time, and we're always trying to conserve his body and give him as little amount of time in games as possible. But just whatever we need, he gives us. In the Florida game we needed him for minutes and he gave us it to us. And he's feeling good, and none of us were surprised at his output. We know what he's capable of. As a team, we really have great respect for his unselfishness in giving us whatever we need every night."

Earlier in the week you referred to Sean May as the best post player in college basketball. Could you talk about match-up problems he will pose for Jason Fraser and Will Sheridan?
"Well, we play against a lot of good post-players in the Big East, but I think, in terms of the total package, it starts with his ability to run the floor, I think he might be a little underrated in that area. And there are many times where he's the first guy down the floor and they throw ahead to him. He has incredible hands. And then you deal with this in the half court. He is smart in the post, he reads double teams, they even have a little mid-range game where he can pop off ball screens and shoots a bank shot. I think he's got the whole package so you're going to have to guard him on the perimeter, run the floor with him, guard him in the post. Can't be many more problems than that."

North Carolina obviously likes to run. They have a deeper bench than you. How will you approach that?
"I think they are the closest team that I remember to the old UNLV days when the old Rebels used to go up and down. They are relentless and that takes a great amount of discipline. And we like to run, too. So, we have to do what we do. So we're going to go with them because that's just what we do. And we realize there are going to be a lot of opportunities."

Why don't more college teams play that way?
"Well, I think to do that, you have to play defense and rebound because, if you don't defend and rebound, then now you're talking about the old Loyola Marymount style where you let them score. Carolina doesn't do that. They get in you defensively. They'll trap you and speed the game up. And they rebound extremely well. So I think the fans like to watch the part of the game where you go up and down and run. But they don't realize sometimes the work that goes into that and that's on the defensive end of rebounding. That's where you say that Carolina is disciplined in that to run that well, you have to defend and rebound every possession."

How do you feel that your wings players Allan Ray and Randy Foye stack up against J.J. Redick and Daniel Ewing of Duke?
"I do think that Redick is probably one of the best perimeter shooters and Ewing is a great wing player. We don't really talk about that. But I would think that Randy and Allan have the confidence that they can play against anybody in the country, and that's what I love about them. I know if they played those guys, they wouldn't fear them at all. I think they would really like that challenge. And that's what I like most about our guys. I don't know those two kids (Redick and Ewing) personally. But I liked that Allan Ray and Randy Foye are very talented, but mostly they are great competitors and they would love to go against any wing players in the country. I think we're playing against great ones Friday night also."

Could you speak about what Randy Foye means to this team overall:
"Well, I'm glad I get the chance to do that because he came in a shy kid from Newark, east side, and in a very challenging academic environment. I'm most proud of how well he's done academically, and how well he has developed into a young man as a leader on this team. Curtis (Sumpter) and he were really our leaders and our rocks. Allan Ray is also one of our captains. Randy has become the guy that, no matter what happens on the court, no matter what happens off the court, he's really the guy that we all go to, and just is the consistent, mature, leader on this team. Now that Curtis is gone, you could see as soon as Curtis stepped off that court, Randy just took it on himself. He's a mentor to Kyle Lowry. I call Kyle Lowry 'mini me' because he looks up to Randy Foye so much, and he just wants to be like Randy Foye. Against BC, it was Kyle's first start. Mike Nardi was out and you could see two minutes into the game, Randy had his arm around him and talking to him and he has grown into an incredible young man. And I think his basketball speaks for itself."

Could you talk about what the last few years have been like for Jason Fraser?
"I don't remember any college basketball player going through what he has. People in Philadelphia have documented the injuries. I've seen them listed in articles, but, to go through all of that, he's got incredible faith. Every situation that hits him, he just says, you know, this is God's plan and I'm going to overcome this, and I think that everyone on the team has learned from him. I don't know if you want me to list the injuries but it has been amazing, and he's never altered. At least three times he's had decisions where he could have opted to have his recovery for his particular injury be rest over a long period of time, or have a quick surgery, and he's always opted for surgery. And we've never put any pressure on him. We said whatever you want to do. He always wants be there for his teammates. He's a great student, he's our student advisory council representative. He's an amazing kid. But, that's what is beautiful about Villanova. You get to coach kids like that and he's one of the most beautiful people I have been around."

What does the loss of Curtis Sumpter do to your team when you are facing a team as big on the front line as North Carolina?
"Well, I think you mentioned their front line. I think the number one issue is that Curtis gives us size on the front line when we want to play him at the three spot. That would match up with Carolinas size. That's something that obviously we're going to miss with him. He also gives us the ability to guard big perimeter people like a Marvin Williams, who wants to shoot the ball on the perimeter. You can put a guard on those guys, maybe they cant go by them but they shoot over him. Curtis could always guard those kinds of guys and offensive, truly, he's a mismatch. He can post smaller guys up, take bigger guys off the dribble. We've done that with him all year. With all that said, Kyle Lowry, Will Sheridan and Jason Fraser always lose minutes because we never want to take Curtis off the floor. Those three are pretty good players. They're going to get more minutes now, and I think those guys can make up for his numbers. What we miss with Curtis is what I talked about earlier – his leadership and his character qualities."

Do you believe in different types of pressure on teams? Your team comes in with injuries and North Carolina is expected to move on. Can your team play more relaxed and loose than North Carolina?
"I could only hope. I realize, and we do as a team that all of those factors are out there. We try to look at those factors after a game and see what had an effect. But what we try to concentrate on is what we can control going into the game. I think you used the word loose. I thought we came into the New Mexico game and we were loose. I thought we played loose against Florida even when Curt went down. I think our guys played like that through the year and I'll do everything I can as a coach to make sure we do that Friday night."

Your coaching career began about an hour from here at the University of Rochester. I was wondering if you could just talk about years ago starting your coaching career there and what if anything has carried over from those days to now?
"Well, a lot. Mike Neer, the head coach there, he gave me my first coaching job. And Mike Neer has been to about four or five Final Fours. He's won the national championship. He was the first coach that showed me that, you know, being an ex-player and thinking that you know everything, it took me one year working with him to know that I didn't know anything about coaching. And that was a great start for me. Rather than maybe working for a guy that wouldn't have. Mike is such an intelligent basketball guy. Right away, I knew I wanted to do this, but I had a lot to learn. And I started my first year thinking, I have a lot to learn. And he taught me a lot. And I stay in touch with him to this day. My two years in Rochester were awesome. I coached the JV team, was the intramural director and recruited. We used to practice in the morning, do my intramurals during the day, coach the basketball team and go out at night and recruit. And it was the greatest years of my life. Jeff van Gundy was playing at Nazareth at the time. He was playing and recruiting for Nazareth, so I would be out recruiting against him and he was a player. He was amazing. They were great years."

This is the 20th anniversary, obviously, of, I'm sure you've been asked about it before. Are there any parallels that you can draw in terms of the task that you have this year, against Carolina, you know, given the chances that people gave Villanova against Georgetown?
"Well, I think in this game, we're probably perceived as much as an underdog as Villanova was against Georgetown in that final game. And, you know, we have Eddie Pinckney on the staff. Harold Jensen, Dwight Wilbur, Dwayne McClain, those guys are around Villanova all the time. That's the beauty of coaching at Villanova. Those guys are always there, all of the guys know them. And so they are always a part of this team, and any team that we have, that team will always be a part of. But, I think we're probably perceived as much of an underdog, Villanova also had to go through Carolina that year to get to the final. You know, all the pros that were on that team, I think you're looking at the same thing here on this Carolina team. You're looking at a six-man potentially being a lottery pick. So there's probably a lot of similarities there."


RANDY FOYE, JASON FRASER & ALLAN RAY (3:45)

RANDY FOYE

What made you stay at Eastside High School after the state broke it up and what made you decide to go to Villanova?
"The reason was the people around me when I was at East Side, the great people. They pushed me in the right direction when I was going in the wrong direction. And that's going to lead up to going to Villanova because I knew the coach was a great guy. During the recruiting process I figured that Villanova would be good for me because I played against Jason (Fraser), and I knew of Allan (Ray) and Curtis (Sumpter) and I wanted to play with them."

Coming in with your injuries, your team is the underdog and North Carolina is expected to move on. Could that pressure on them and the fact that you can play loose be an equalizer?
"I like being the underdog because you're going out there and playing with no pressure. You're doing what you do best and that's play basketball. For them being, like, everyone thinks that they'll be, or know that they'll beat us that's probably a lot of pressure for them coming out into the game knowing they have to get this victory. But there is no pressure for us. We'll go out and do what we do best and that's play basketball."

JASON FRASER

What do you know about Sean May and what makes him a difficult match-up?
"Sean is a very talented athlete. He plays hard and he's a wide body, but agile, and he knows how to use the size. Like I said before, quick for a big man, and that's what usually makes it a tough match-up."

Can you talk about Ed Pinckney and how he has helped you and do you draw from the Villanova history?
"From day one, we set foot on campus, all big men on the team, especially me, turn into sponges and we try to absorb all of the information possible from him. He was a great player and a good coach with a lot of experience and he speaks to us around the clock about basketball and life and letting us know the little tricks of the trade on defense and offense, on how to angle off your man on defense and what to do offensively and how to become a greater player and a person."

ALLAN RAY

Being a teammate of Julius Hodge in high school, what do you think of his progress and are you as big of a Knicks fan as he is?
"I'm not a Knicks fan anymore. I was back in the day when they were playing the Chicago Bulls and Eastern Conference Championship every year, but I think Julius is doing great. You know, he was (ACC) Player of the Year last year, you know, led his team to the Sweet 16 this year, and I think he's doing a real good job. He was a real good leader and he was a great leader back in high school when I played with him. I know it is fun to be around him and his teammates are really enjoying being in his presence."

How many times have you seen the tape of the '85 championship game between Villanova and Georgetown and how does it make you feel? Does it pump you up?
"Definitely. We watched that game a couple of times this year. And it just brings like a joy to us as a team, you know. They see that it can happen and it did happen at Villanova, and we also have Coach Pinckney who is with us now, he's experienced that. And, you know, he tells us about it all the time and it just brings a great feeling to us, knowing that these guys won a championship back in '85, and we can do it also."

Coach had talked about what you have learned from what Jason has gone through. What have you learned?
"We have learned just to always just have faith in yourself, and always be able to persevere. Jason has gone through a lot as an individual, and just to see him stay so strong and not let anything bother him is amazing. He has been through so many injuries. He came out with a lot of hype, like you say, he was an All-American and people probably put him down, but he didn't let any of that bother him and didn't let it affect him not one bit. And just kept going out there, playing every game, playing hard, and he got a big game against Florida. And he stepped up real big and we know we'll need more of that from him but as a person we learned a lot from that. Just able to persevere and stay strong no matter what the situation or the circumstances."

You didn't shoot particularly well last weekend. Any reason for that?
"No, last week, I didn't really shoot the ball that well. But, I really didn't let that bother me and I have a lot of open shots and I wasn't able to knock them down. But, some games you make some, some you miss. It is most important that we're winning. There are other things that I was doing on the court besides just shooting the ball, so I'm pretty confident going into this next game that I'll make shots. You know, if I don't again, just got to go out there and do other things to help the team win."


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