Wednesday PC Quotes + Audio

Inside Carolina's Wednesday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Roy Williams, Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansbrough, Quentin Thomas, Deon Thompson, Danny Green and Marcus Ginyard, who spoke to the media as the top-seeded Tar Heels prepare for ACC Tournament play on Friday.

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Will Ty Lawson return to his starting position?
"Yes. Right now, the plan is to start Ty [on Friday] if practice goes okay tomorrow."

Did something click for the defense midway through the season?
"No. I've never been a drinker, and the reason is that with coffee, it tasted awful, and [with] beer, it tasted awful. But everybody said that you've got to acquire a taste to it, so maybe my team just had to acquire a taste at playing defense. I just knew I was never going to acquire a taste for those dadgum things because they tasted so bad."

On Danny Green's improved play:
"I told him that he wasn't really playing that much better. It's just that he was playing so bad there for a while that it looks so much better. But if you go down and look at it, he got off to a great start and then he looked like Sinbad the Sailor out there for a while, and now, he's really been playing well.

"But we need him to play like that and I think his play at Duke was big time in a lot of areas. He made threes, he was our offense for a while in the first half. Offensive rebounds, he had two big tip-ins during the game. Blocking shots on the defensive end – I think he had three blocks in the last four minutes, so he was a big-time, big-time player there, and we need him to continue being that."

On the team's health:
"We're as healthy as we've been in a long time, there's no question about that… Marcus has really been struggling for a long time, but Deon was at Virginia and Ty was at Florida State, and since that point – knock on wood – we're for sure as healthy as we've been since that time."



Is the NBA currently out of your mind?
"Right now it is, because I'm trying to win a NCAA Championship. Not too many people can do that. [There are] people in the NBA that don't have NCAA Championships, so that's my No. 1 goal. It's one thing I've wanted since I was little."

On his ankle:
"It's better. It's just a little to no pain, so it's getting back to 100 percent."



On how this team is different than last year entering the ACC Tournament:
"The thing about this team is that we all know what we have to do, just because of the experience of winning it last year."

On the importance of defense for this team's postseason hopes:
"Yes, I think that's part of the run that we've been on lately is that we're playing better defense. I think that it's got to carry over, especially in the tournament where it's very important."



On the excitement of the NCAA Tournament:
"It's either win or go home, and nobody wants to go home. So you're going to get everybody's best shot, so why not give it?"

On the 2005 team reacting to the ACC Tournament loss:
"We used it as motivation. Because after we lost in the ACC Tournament in 2005, we knew that if we lost the next game, we'd be coming home [and] our season would be over. We definitely didn't want to do that, so everybody did everything they could to put forth the all of the effort and all of the energy and focus in on our main goal, and that was to win the national championship."



Any chance this team looks past this weekend toward the NCAA Tournament?
"I don't think so at all, because this was also one of our goals that we set at the beginning of the season, along with winning the regular season championship. So this is also a goal beyond the NCAA Championship."

How's your knee?
"It's feeling a lot better."



Does this team have to start all over again this weekend?
"I wouldn't say that we have to start over, but regenerate a little bit. We have a break right now, about a week off. We've just got to keep it up, keep playing hard, staying focused and executing the way we have been, and hopefully things will work out best for us."

Any chance this team is looking past this weekend to the NCAA Tournament?
"We take it one game at a time. We're not looking ahead of who's going to be next. We've got to play the winner of Wake Forest-Florida State, and just take one game at a time like we've been doing. When you look ahead, you look past somebody, and that's when you get surprised."



Any chance this team will look past this weekend to the NCAA Tournament?
"There's no doubt in our minds that this is one of our big time goals. There's no thought in anybody's mind that we're more worried about what's going to happen next weekend than what's going to happen these next three days."

On his foot:
"It's not fractured. That's obviously the next step if it would continue to worsen, but right now, it's feeling great. It hasn't gotten any worse. It hasn't gotten a lot better, but the biggest thing right now is the fact that it just hasn't gotten worse."

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