Opening Remarks -
"I couldn't be happier for the kids – perhaps our best game of the year Saturday night against Michigan State and I think we had to play that way. It's been a trying time with a lot of things going on, but the kids have been the salvation for me … it's been a fun two weeks with our group."
On Southern Cal –
"I told the staff I thought Southern Cal would win the game [against Texas] and to be honest with you I was hoping we'd play Texas because they go up and down the court so much it'd be our brand of basketball. Tim Floyd does a great job, they do a lot of funky things on the defensive end of the floor with faceguarding and those things, plus he's got three guys on his team I think are going to be NBA players. They whacked us pretty good last year, so I remember that. We've got to have a great week of practice to get ready to play a fine team."
On Tyler Hansbrough -
"Tyler's the greediest player I've ever coached – he not only wants to make the basket, but he wants to get fouled. He always wants three the old fashioned way. He looks a little awkward, but he knows what he's doing. He holds the ball long enough to draw the contact and then he'll release it. When he was in high school I used to watch him play and I'd say ‘Tyler, you can not dunk everything' and he said ‘Why not?' And he shot about 70 percent in high school with four guys hanging on his arms. He is possessed when he gets the ball …"
On the development in practice of two players who will be needed in future seasons, Mike Copeland and William Graves -
"Mike has improved tremendously. He got off to a bad start his freshman year because he hurt his knee and missed the first five weeks of practice. He's really improved on how he runs, his work ethic, everything. Actually he works every day – Coach will cut some slack to Tyler, Brandan, Deon and Alex, keeping their legs fresh, so Mike will go against those guys himself. They'll take turns guarding him or he'll guard them. His offensive skills have come so far, he is tough to stop in there. If he keeps improving as he has this year, he'll have a chance to be a good player for us."
"Will has worked on the court and in the weight room, he's been fantastic. He's dropped quite a bit of weight, which was never an issue with us, but he looks good. He can really shoot the basketball. We have a Blue Team that works every day against the White Team – it's Mike Copeland, Will Graves, Marc Campbell, Surry Wood and Dewey Burke. Will is hard to stop in practice. I think he'll be a very good player for us, it may not be immediately next year, but he's going to be a good player at Carolina.
On UNC ‘peaking' now -
"I thought Saturday night our whole team played its best game of the year. Everybody contributed … everybody who went into the game helped us win that game."
On Southern Cal and head coach Tim Floyd –
"We had the chance to coach against him at Iowa State before he left to coach the Chicago Bulls. He plays a little different … he works a lot on matchups and mismatches. He'll play some funky defense where they faceguard. They've got a good basketball team. I don't think we need to get our players' attention as far as Southern Cal because last year we went to Southern Cal and strutted in there … and we left there with our tails between our legs."
On what to expect from the Trojans -
"They've got good athleticism. Their players are long, athletic and they know how to win. Defensively they'll be very good – Tim Floyd is a good defensive coach. And they take good shots. We're familiar with him – his teams are always to play and he'll spend all week trying to find what weakness we may have. He will change his lineup if he needs to – he doesn't care who starts. They've lost to UCLA and some other good teams, and they maybe only have one bad loss on the season."