With Tyler Hansbrough's physical play, do you think there is high probability of him getting knocked out of a game?
"No. The same possibility [exists] as you walking out and the Earth falls on its head. If you think like that, you're going to have problems… I've never thought that. I think guys that get hurt are the ones that half-step and go through things tentatively. Guys that go through things like Tyler – I don't worry about that. I don't think about that. I don't remotely consider that."
On Thursday's practice:
"It was hard. You would have to ask them - I didn't go through it. I didn't try to kill anybody, but I wanted them to know what a hard practice was. I thought about trying to kill them, but twelve hours helps."
On if Danny Green is the best fit at the No. 4 spot:
"Well, that's people that look at it just for that specific moment. I'm not coaching just for that specific moment. I'm coaching for what our team can do best throughout the course of the year [for] when we get in the ACC and get to play top-25 teams.
"You need more size to balance it out because other teams have more size. The best lineup at the end of the game may not be our big guys, and I would go that far to say that. But I'm not going that far, yet, because I don't coach for one game, I coach for a program."
On UC Santa Barbara:
"[They are] shooting the ball extremely good – from three, particularly. I think defensively they are very good. They present some unique challenges because they'll faceguard a couple of people, they'll trap a couple of people. It's an experienced team. I don't care where they go – they went into Ball State the other night and won by 27. That catches your eye…
"I've known Bob Williams for a long time and I've got a great deal of respect for him as a coach and they played us very well here two years ago... You look at each individual part, and it's not nearly as strong as the collective group. That's the first thing that catches my attention, and their ability to shoot the ball is the second."
On Thursday's practice:
"Besides the first practice I ever had here, that probably was the next hardest one. We did a lot of running and the intensity level was just so high throughout the whole practice, so it was probably one of the toughest practices I've had since I've been here."
Is the team taking some of these games for granted?
"I feel like the last game we probably took them for granted. We didn't respect them – that's what Coach [Steve Robinson] said. We got to respect everybody, because anybody can come out and beat us on any given night, so I don't think we're going to let that happen ever again.
On his offense production this season:
"I'm not looking for my shot, per se. I'm trying to get the team to get going first – [to get] Wayne shots and Tyler the ball, because I know they do great things when they get the ball. If they kick it out and I'm open, then I'll look for my shot, but other than that, I'm not looking for it unless the team needs me to."
Have you talked to Kevin Durant recently?
"Yes. Actually, I went up to New York when they played the Knicks, because he invited me up there and I stayed with him… He's loving [the NBA] – traveling everywhere, just playing big games. He said he likes it a lot but the only downfall is that he's on a losing team, so it's real stressful on him… He said he wished he could have stayed in college for another year, because he had no worries but to go to school and just play."