UNC-Duke: Locker Room Report

Post-game comments from the Heels - "We've been working on it this week. After the game at Cameron we started preparing but I am sure coach has been thinking about it for some time now."

CHARLOTTE – The North Carolina Tar Heels gave young fans a glimps of how things once were at times and the older fans a trip down memory lane before Duke took control to beat the Heels, 60-48, before a crowd of 23,895 at the Charlotte Coliseum in the Quarterfinals of the 49th Annual ACC Tournament.

Here is what the some of the Tar Heels had to say about their 20th loss in 28 games and fifth straight to Duke.

Adam Boone

On looking ahead to next year

"I haven't really looked too much about next year. More than anything I've looked around at guys that are leaving and understood what they've given to this program and how important they were. But I'm sure we'll have quite a bit next year and I am looking forward to getting back to work when we get back."

On how long they have worked on the game plan

"We've been working on it this week. After the game at Cameron we started preparing but I am sure coach has been thinking about it for some time now."

On what the slow down offense is called

"There really wasn't a name to it. We have a little keep away game we play for conditioning and cutting and we call it something similar to that, just keeping it away from another team. But there really wasn't … a label or anything."

Orlando Melendez

On last game ever as a Tar Heel

"I think I have had a great career here. I am very happy and proud of this team the way we hung around all the way until the end. I'm very proud to share my career to share my career with seniors Brian (Bersticker), Jason (Capel) and Kris (Lang). These were the best years of my life."

Melvin Scott

On the offense tonight

"We just ran a patient offense, working for the great shot and executing our plays. That's all we did tonight. We slowed it down but the principals are still the same."

On the success of the offense

"It was working. They showed us a lot of different defenses and they were even backing up. That was cool for us and then we went into our plays. We took care of the ball more tonight and didn't turn it over as much against them tonight as the other games.

On the fans going from booing the Heels before the game to cheering them late, especially when it was 48-43 Duke

"That was pretty cool. We gave it a hard effort. We played our hearts out and I think maybe they recognized that and were showing their appreciation for our efforts. That's what fans like to see, guys playing with intensity and that's what we did."

Brian Bersticker

On his last game ever as a Tar Heel

"It has been an emotional roller coaster. This team has gotten so close. It's sad to see this season come to an end because we have bonded so much. I think the season has made it necessary that we do that. After we lost at Maryland I think we all came together and then again, after we lost at Wake I think we all came together. You hear people always talk about Carolina basketball being a family and it really is, and I'm sad that I will be a former player and not a current player."

Jawad Williams

On what he plans on working on in the offseason

"Ballhandling and my strength. I'll be in the weight room almost 24 hours a day. I'll be eating a lot. I'll put on my weight and be ready to play next year."

Jason Capel

On his last game as a Tar Heel

"I really don't think it's hit me yet that my career is over. I still see the guys. I've still got my uniform on, so I really don't think it's hit me yet. It's been a tough season, but we stuck together. We continued to believe in one another. I've had a great career here. I've made so many friends, I've had so many memories, so many great times on and off the floor and I've been coached by great coaches. I just feel blessed. It's a dream come true for me."

On whet he knows about the Four Corners offense

"Playing for Coach (Phil) Ford – he's going to tell you about his stuff every day. We've heard it all. We heard about his career every day."

On how the team has bonded ever since the loss at Wake Forest in early February

"I think so. I think, me personally, I've been through a real rough time and I can honestly say that my teammates and my coaching staff were there for me and we tried to do our best We worked hard every day in practice. Continue to work hard and believe in one another and do our best on and off the court every day. I think this is the closest team I've ever played for. From the top guy down to the walk-ons we are very close. We spend a lot of time together off the floor. Yeah, we are a very close team.

Kris Lang

On his last game ever as a Tar Heel

"It was very emotional for me. It's already hit me once and I imagine it will hit me again back at the hotel. I'm a competitor and I just love the game of basketball and it hurts when you have to leave a great team and school like this. Right now I'm just trying to smile and enjoy the moment."

On how the Duke players and coaches greeted him after the game

"That showed a lot of respect (by) Duke. They're a class act. Coach K is a great guy, along with the players. It's just a rivalry the media goes with on the games, but off the court we're friends. We hang out in the summer time and play our pickup games. It's been a blessing with those guys; they're a great bunch of guys and they're very good on the court."

On the game plan

"It was a very good game plan and after a few minutes (at practice) everyone bought into it. The guys executed very well but they had 17 more shots than we did. We just turned the ball over 17 times and that hurts us, especially when you're playing a low-possession game. That hurt us."

On the crowd going from booing to cheering the Heels

"We were the underdog coming into this game. And of course there is always hatred for North Carolina. But people wanted to see, I guess I'd like to say people wanted to see us win, I guess they wanted to see the underdog win this game. I believe so they appreciated it (UNC's effort). And the Duke fans were getting frustrated with us holding out, they were booing, but we did our job although it didn't come our way."

Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He is also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.

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