"Well, we had a nice win, to say the least, over Clemson last week and we played very well and in the second half, really did some nice things. We had the weekend off, which was unusual, so we have seven days between games. We gave the kids a couple of days off and came back and practiced [on Sunday] and then again [Monday] and [Tuesday], so we'll have three full days of practice before we got to Tallahassee and play there. We know we've got to play well. They had a really nice road win this weekend, so they're in good spirits. In this league, you better be ready to play every night – it shows each and every week."
On what has led to Wayne Ellington's emergence:
"I think its been more confidence than anything else. Right after Christmas, we brought him in for an extra session and taped his shot and looked at it, and there was nothing wrong with it. In fact, during that session, he made every shot he took, just about. Some guys go through time periods when the ball doesn't go in, just like golfers go through periods when the ball doesn't go in the hole.
"Yet as fans and coaches and media – put all of us in there together – we can't understand why. Yet we look at Steve Stricker, who is a professional golfer, and shoots 61-62-77. And now we're dealing with an 18, 19 or 20-year-old and wonder why they can't make every shot, but it's human nature, that's what it is."
On the chance of Tyler Zeller returning this season:
"Of course, there's a chance, but I think it's awfully stupid. He's not been released to play yet. If he comes back and plays one game, then he loses a whole year. There's always a chance, but again, I'll say it's not the smartest thing in the world to have happen, but he hasn't been released yet. And he will not be released for at least, don't hold me to this, but it's three or four more weeks because he doesn't go back to the doctors until then."
On Marcus Ginyard:
"Marcus and I talked yesterday. He still did not practice yesterday. We're going to look at him and talk to the doctors a little more this week, so there hasn't been any decision made on him."
Is this a good time for the team to take a week-long break?
"I don't think you ever know until you see how you play the next time, because this is not an exact science. What might be good for one team might be bad for another team. We really haven't taken any time off. We gave them Thursday off, and then on Friday and Saturday we brought them in for run-and-shoot, and then Sunday we did a clinic for Special Olympics and then had a short practice right after that. So we've taken a time period off from the games…
"I think it's good because we didn't beat on each other for a couple of days and hopefully that will help Danny's aches and pains and Tyler's aches and pains – hopefully it will help all of them there. But whether or not it gets us prepared for Wednesday night or not, we'll have to wait and see."
Was there any one thing that you tried to work on during the break?
"[On Sunday], we just worked on our halfcourt offense, just because I wanted to get them back into practice mode, and today, I just finished the practice plan this morning with the staff, and we're going to work on just about every phase of the game today and tomorrow."
On explaining the two ACC losses:
"I think their play was a huge part of it, and our inability to shoot the ball effectively in the second half – I think we shot 26 percent in one half and 28 percent in the other second half of those two games. We didn't defend well, we didn't rebound well, but the one thing that sticks out is how poorly we shot the ball, and I think you have to give credit to the other teams' defense for that."
On Duke being the third ACC team to hold the No. 1 ranking this season:
"I said before the season started that I thought this was going to be the best Duke team since I've returned, and they're playing really great. Let's just say that it says a lot about our league to have three teams in the league to be in the No. 1 position. It's something that we should all be very proud of. It's an extremely difficult league. I've heard the people on TV always talking about, ‘Is this league better or is that league better?'
"Everybody has their own opinion. I just think our league is so strong from top to bottom. I don't think there's any place in our league that you can go, or play anybody at your place, that you think, ‘Okay, we're going to be the dickens out of these guys.' It's just not going to happen. You can't be that confident against the other teams in this league. There are some great leagues around, but I don't know that anybody's league can be that strong all down to whoever's in last place at that moment."