David Noel Q&A

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – David Noel addressed the media on Monday from the Smith Center. Read and listen to what he had to say…

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How important is the rebounding battle?

"All five guys have to box out. That'll be big for us tomorrow night. Just make sure all five guys box out and once we have the ball, get out and run ... We've been playing against bigger people all year, we had a little taste of it against Maryland and against Boston College. We're going to have be physical, get most of the loose balls, rebounds and hustle plays."

As a Durham native, and this being the last time you'll play Duke in Chapel Hill, how much does this game mean to you?

"It means a lot. It's definitely something we'll take pride in - especially for me."

You think it's an advantage for the freshmen to play at home against Duke first rather than starting at Cameron?

"That definitely helps us out. We have our crowd behind us. We know everybody will be a little shaky at first, and the game will probably start off ugly, but hopefully we'll be able to settle down, get our pace going and do the things we normally do every day in practice."

Have you seen those students camped out already?

"They've been out there for a long time. When you see that you know it's time for Duke. Our fans are ready, our players are ready and hopefully we can come out with a victory."

You think you're playing your best basketball right now?

"Yeah, I think so. I've just come out and tried to play basketball. There was a lot of stuff on my mind earlier this year about my future and things like that, but now I'm relaxed, just trying to enjoy my last couple games here."

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