"I didn't kill them or anything like that today at practice – thought about it, but it's not time to panic. We're 18-1. We didn't play well enough to win. In fact, I just told Woody that not one single player on our team played real well. When you nobody that plays real well and you still have a chance to win the game at the end, it means that you've got a pretty good team. Alex Stepheson probably played better than anybody else, but you can't say that Tyler [Hansbrough] played well, you can't say that Ty [Lawson] did, you can't say that Marcus [Ginyard] did [and] you can't say that Wayne [Ellington] did, so when you look at it that way and you still have a chance to win at the end… You've got some work to do, you've got some improvement to do and that's the way we looked at it today.
"We gave them yesterday off completely. That was the plan before the game and just because we lost, I wasn't going to change that. The staff, we went in yesterday and spent about three hours and 20 minutes grading the tape and talking, and came back today and brought them in at 1:30 p.m. and watched tape for an hour and 15 minutes, and then they went to the weight room and then went out on the court for about two hours and 10 minutes. It was a challenging practice, but we didn't try to kill anybody. We tried to do a lot of teaching and then expect them to give us a lot of learning, if you can do it like that. We worked very hard and the kids were very focused. They tried to do the right things and it's just that we've got to do it on a more consistent basis, so that we can do it on game day. Give Maryland credit – they came in and they played well...
"During the course of the tape session, it was right at 16 minutes of game action that we took out and showed the kids, and there were a lot of plays that were very simple, easy things to change and if you change something that's very simple and very easy, it takes away two points from them or it gives us two points, then that's the basketball game. I've been doing this too long to go crazy and jump off the top of a building after one game, but we do have to play better and the kids understand that. We're playing Wednesday night, and we could go down there and play well at Miami and still lose, because they're a good basketball team and it's a road game in the ACC, so what we've got to do is do the job every day."
On Bobby Frasor:
"He's doing well. He got in trouble at practice today. He's on crutches – he's going to be on crutches for six weeks. It's six months before he'll be able to play again, but I have a rule, and hopefully people will think this is funny as I felt it was stupid, but when we go into meetings and tape sessions, everybody takes those phones and cuts those blessed things off. I don't want to hear any phones ringing, I don't want to hear any vibrations – cut the blessed things off. Today was not the most positive I've ever been in a tape session anyway, and I heard this [vibration noise] and finally I turned around and said, ‘Whoever's phone that is, will you turn the blessed thing off?'
"And it was Bobby's thing that was on his leg that contracts and relaxes. It's this wrap that they put ice in, and Bobby said, ‘That's my knee, Coach,' and I said, ‘Well, tell the sucker to shut up.' And so then when we're walking to go out into the locker room, I looked at Bobby and said, ‘Don't say a word,' and then I went on out… The great news is that C.B. McGrath and Steve Robinson both, when we went into the coaches locker room, they said, ‘We're glad you did that, because we were about to do it, too. We'd much rather you look an idiot than us."
On the defensive player of the game against Maryland:
"As I said earlier, Alex probably played better than anybody, and it worked out that Alex was also the defensive player of the game. It's the first time that he's ever won it, so it was good for him. His grade wasn't as good as some of the winners have been, but it was still a good grade. I was pleased with him… He's feeling more comfortable, he's not as tight, he's not trying to think [too much], which can be a panicky type of thing. I think he is playing better and he's doing some nice things for us."
On not playing zone defense:
"You've got to coach what you're comfortable with, and I'm fairly competitive and I like being aggressive. For me, getting after people is the best way for our team to win and playing pressure man-to-man is the best way for our team to win and it's what I'm the most comfortable with and it's what I feel that we coach the best and it's what we recruit to. I don't like playing zone, but yet we play it sometimes…
"I think it's the best for us and I think it's the best for the kids. If you go back and stand in a 2-3 zone and put your hands up like a scarecrow, it never tells those people in the NBA if those guys can slide their feet… I feel that my job is to win as many games as I can possibly win, and secondly to try to get these guys prepared to be able to play basketball after college if they're good enough. The biggest reason is that I just hate zone – can't coach it, don't like it and we ain't going to play it."
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