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Is it possible to treat this as just another game?
"It's kind of hard. There's a lot of hype in this rivalry and we know it's a big game, but we're going to try our best to not get caught up in it and just play our game and do what we do in practice. "
Does the fact that the game is here tommorrow help?
"Yeah, it helps us a lot actually. It's probably better for us to experience it here than there. We'll be a little more comfortable here. Some of the younger guys like me and the other freshmen, it'll be kind of rough on us if we experienced our first Duke game there. "
Talk about guarding J.J. Redick --
"Hopefully we won't have to use that many guys to guard him. I think we'll do a good job on him. We've been practicing chasing guys through screens and just finding the shooter."
What can you do to slow down one of the best shooters in the country?
"Obviously everyone knows J.J. is a great scorer - they have a great talent. All the guys who will have a shot at him tomorrow have to fight their best to be all over him, challenge every shot and just make him as uncomfortable as possible. He's going to knock down some tough shots, but you've just got to stick with it."
Are you feeling antsy at all to play this game?
"To be honest with you, I wish we were playing them in five minutes. I just can't wait to get out there and feel the energy of this rivalry and get out there and contribute in this game."
Has it hit you yet that you're about to play in a UNC-Duke game?
"It'll probably all hit me tomorrow walking around campus or right before the game - I don't know when it's going to happen. Right now, you can tell everyone has more energy and something is in the air. I'm just trying to stay calm and approach this as just another game."
Losing the seven top players, there was a certain perception about the type of team UNC would have this year - would do how do you think this team is perceived now?
"From the beginning of the year to now, everyone's expectations of us have changed. They were just hoping we could get through the year all right and next year would be the year, but once we started winning people started believing in this team and believing in coach and what we're capable of. So now everyone believes we can be competitive in every game."