"I do want talented players, but if they don't have the strong character, I don't want them. I don't care how talented they are. We've got a great group of kids that make it fun going to practice every single day."
Did you watch the Kansas-Davidson for entertainment purposes on Sunday?
"I can guarantee you that this time of year, when we watch games, it's not for entertainment. I can tell you that. I went to the book store last night and bought three Westerns where I just wanted the good guys to beat up the bad guys. If I wanted to have something to relax a little bit, that's what I was going to get.
"I said this about five or six weeks ago, I think they're the most complete team out there and played the best basketball down the stretch. They have no holes. They can score inside, they can score outside. They guard you, they do a great job pressuring the ball on the perimeter. They have guys that block shots, they can play fast, they can play slow, [and] they have overall team speed, yet they have strength upfront. I just think they're a fantastic basketball team and that's what all four teams that are left out there.
"During the course of this year, several times I would say to our guys, ‘Let's play. If we play, they can't beat us.' And I think that any of these teams in the NCAA Tournament Final Four, you not only have to play, you have to play great and get lucky, because I think that's the way it is. Some of the teams we've played we were more gifted than, and that's not the case [anymore]. I think both of the games on Saturday night – both of the teams that win will have played exceptionally well, and they're going to get a couple of breaks."
On preparing the team to play in a building as big as the Alamodome:
"I really don't talk about it. We're going to go in there and we're going to shoot around. We haven't played there, and neither have the other teams played there. What you have today is that kids play at so many different venues from high school all of the way through college. I think that the facility itself has almost nothing to do with the game, and that's the way we're going to approach it."
On the team's toughness:
"I do believe our team is really tough. That doesn't win game alone – you have to be very talented, very gifted and get some breaks, but I do like our toughness, our willingness to keep going, to keep our head down and keep playing. I think that is something. Right now, we do rank No. 1 in the nation in rebounding margin. It's been a great run for us on the backboards, and we need to keep doing it for two more games. I think part of that is just being tough enough to stand in there and put a body against somebody and just chase the ball down. It is something that I think is awfully important."
On beating Kansas: "What we have to do in order to beat them – we've got play really well, and the ball has got to go in the basket. In 2003, we were in the national championship game against Syracuse, and the ball from the free throw line just didn't go in the basket. We ended up losing by three and we were 11-for-31 from the foul line. So you need the ball to go in the basket, but we've got to be able to play a complete game, [and] we need to guard them, cut down their second shots and hopefully get some second shots ourselves.
"Our team, for the most part, has competed. Now, we may screw it up. We screwed it up the first part of the second half against Louisville, not chasing the rebound and we gave them some second-shot opportunities. But if we lose, it's not going to be just because of the failure in something that we did. And I think sometimes we get in that rut, thinking it's just us. But other teams feel that they have a right to be there, and other teams feel like they can play well. We're going to compete our tails off – there's no doubt in my mind that our guys are going to play exceptionally hard for 40 minutes. And we hope that that will be good enough and we'll have to wait until the game is over Saturday night to see."
On Tyler Hansbrough:
"I'm going to go somewhere by myself whenever he leaves and just sit back and be by myself for about an hour or so. I'm serious – we are so lucky as a staff to have coached Tyler Hansbrough, and I know that deep down. And if he decides to come back for another year, I'm going to enjoy the dickens out of that, and if he doesn't, then I'm just going to appreciate what we had for the last three years."
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