UNC-UVa: Locker Room Quotes (w/audio)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- The Tar Heels improved to 2-0 in the ACC with a win over Virginia on Wednesday night at the Smith Center. Afterwards, the players spoke with the media ...

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It looked like a physical game out there ...

"It was a physical game - probably one of the most physical games we've been in this year, but we knew that coming into the game. In the second half we tried to make some adjustments and play up to their level of physicalness and just keep running them. We got open looks, played better on defense, talked more and limited their guards to less open shots."

Why do you think this team seems to start games slow often?

"I don't know. Some of the young guys underestimate the players on the other team, maybe, or maybe we're just a second half team. I definitely think we're a second half team. We come out better and stronger in the second half."



Can you speak to how physical the game was tonight?

"It was very physical. Guys were chucking guys coming down the paint. You were being touched at all times. It was just one of those types of games -- a grinder -- a lot of rebounds, tipped balls, guys playing hard and aggressive."

Do you think you're better at handling that physical play now than you were at the start of the season?

"Oh, yeah, definitely. Each game, each experience for me ... the ACC is a physical conference with a lot of big guys. Our pre-conference schedule definitely helped us out with the teams we played."



How's your wrist doing?

"It's getting better. It still hurts - I fell on it twice today - but otherwise it's getting much better."

Is this something that needs rest or you'll be able to just play through it?

"I need rest, but Coach really doesn't want me to. I just tape it up and don't do as much in practice. But it'll get better."

How does that affect how you play?

"I'm just afraid to get hit, with reach-ins and stuff like that, and falling on it, and ballhandling - I can't handle the ball as well."



On winning a grinding-type game -

"We shot 38 percent and still won, so to do that is pretty impressive. There are going to be games like that. It's not going to be in the 100s or 90s every time, so you've got to be able to win in different styles."

Has it been hard to get back into the flow in terms of running the offense and shooting the ball since your return from the foot injury?

"I don't think so, I've just got to be ready when the shot is there. My shots tonight - two of them were contested and one was an airball, I guess I just launched it over. I feel comfortable out there and if the minutes go up, I'll get more into the flow of the game."



On locking down Sean Singletary in the second half -

"I was just really trying to make him uncomfortable. I felt the guards that were guarding him before were really pressuring him too much and letting him get to the side of them and that's what he really does well. ... So I just really played off of him and waited for him to come to me."

Some of your teammates have called you guys a second half team - do you agree? And if so, why do you think that is?

"I agree, but I don't want to be called a second half team. I want to play that whole game. At the same time, whatever it is that is making us turn it on in the second half, hopefully we can get that going in the first half."

What have you seen from Quentin since he came back? He's playing with so much more confidence ...

"Absolutely. That's the biggest thing. He got off to a good start, made a couple good plays and they just starting piling on. Getting that confidence in those first couple plays, he just needed that confidence booster to get him going. And now he's going to continue to progress. It's something he's always been capable of and we've just been waiting to come out."

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