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Where does your philosophy not to switch on ball screens come from?
"I think you have certain things that you believe in, but sometimes that doesn't work. At Florida State, for example, we played the screen one way for 36 minutes and then played it differently for two minutes and changed again for the last two minutes, just because it seemed to fit that scenario at that specific time.
"At Duke last year, we had lost to them here. We hadn't played very well. We didn't want to try the same thing and be stubborn and say, ‘Well, if you play better, we'll win.' "I think that sometimes coaches do get stubborn and I'm probably one of those. For us, we looked at it and thought it might be something that would help us and it worked out a little bit. I think it probably got a little too much credit at that time.
"How you make the decision, I think it just depends on the kind of attack the other team presents when they screen on the ball. Is the dribbler the problem, or is the spinout guy the problem? Does he spin out or does he roll? Also, when dribbler does go over the screen, does he try to turn the corner or does he try to go behind the screen and pull up and shoot? There are several variables. You just have to make a decision as to what you think is the biggest danger is and how you guard that danger."
What's the difference in playing at Cameron versus playing at Missouri or long ago against N.C. State at Reynolds?
"I think it's being the rival, in the extent that it's Duke. We've been rivals for a long, long time. They've had great teams. They had a little spell there where they weren't as good and Mike [Krzyzewski] came in and has done a great job. He was here during Coach [Dean] Smith's last 15 or 20 years, and so both teams were great. They had some great matchups even after that, before I came back with Coach [Bill] Guthridge and Coach [Matt] Doherty.
"The building – I'm not one that gets caught up in buildings. Oklahoma State was as tough a place as you could ever, ever play… It doesn't get any worse than that. Missouri, it doesn't get any worse than that. North Carolina State at Reynolds, it doesn't get any worse than that. So I think it's the rivalry of the teams…
"[Duke's] fans are very creative. I've always appreciated that part of it. Perhaps in the old days they went over the line a little bit, more than they do now – if they do go over the line now, and I don't know that they do. The only thing I would change is that I don't think it's quite as secure, safe – use whatever word you want – when you go to your locker room and there's people putting their hands right six inches away from your face, and sometimes closer. That would probably be the only thing that I think I would change.
"I love their enthusiasm, I think it's great and I think it's a wonderful setting for college basketball, and I've said that many times."
Have you thought about the significance of if you win tomorrow, you'll be 4-0 at Duke?
"I've thought about it, but I don't want to sit here and talk about it because it hasn't happened. We have to go over there and play and we'll talk about it after the game if it happens."
How does it feel to have won three years in a row there?
"It feels good, but this is a whole new year and we can't let that success override how we have to play tomorrow. We have to come tomorrow and bring it and the we'll see what happens and talk about it. But this is a new year."
What do you say to the guys in the locker room - especially the younger guys like Ed and Larry - since you've had so much success in that building ...
"To be honest, I'm not going to say anything to them specifically about how to stay composed or anything like that because they've been here long enough to understand how to play college basketball. You just have to go there and play how you've always played and not let the crowd effect you."
On facing Duke:
"I'm expecting a good game. It's a rivalry; the crowd gets loud. It's just a good game. This is what I came to Carolina for."
You missed the first game last year, and were still nursing that ankle injury in the second game. Are you looking forward to playing against Duke fully healthy?
"Oh yeah, definitely. Last year, I wasn't healthy at all when we played over there. I was still limping a little bit. We're having a great year, so to go over there and beat Duke would top things off.
Do you prepare for this game any differently than for other opponents?
"No, I don't think so. We prepare for this as we would for any other game. You can't get out of doing what you do to prepare for other games, [because] things could be different. I think we've been successful with how we prepare, so we're going to continue to prepare like that."
On Gerald Henderson:
"He's tough to guard. He's knocking down that outside shot now. Before you could say that you were planning for the drive, but now he's knocking down his outside shot. So he'll be a tough assignment, just like we have tough assignments. It'll be tough all the way around."
Does the Cameron Crazies' noise level affect your ability to communicate on the floor?
"No, it doesn't, because we already know what we've got to do going into the game, so it's hard for the crowd to affect what we know we have to do and the plays that we run. We can run our plays without even saying a word, so the fact that they're so loud doesn't really affect our team."
North Carolina had 15 blocks at Cameron last March -- what was responsible for that large amount of swats?
"Maybe just that guys were coming over to help. We really focused on help-side defense and such things, because we know they like to penetrate, dribble-drive and kick and shoot threes [and] get to the basket and what-not. So to have early help to be there, or if they get to the basket, to have the help-side come and block shots; that really helped us."
Have you allowed yourself to think about what it would be like to win at Cameron four times in your career?
"Not really. It hasn't happened yet. It would be nice for it to happen. I'm mostly thinking about what we need to do to win the game, what our focuses are in practice and what we need to do to prepare for a game like that... It's not just going to happen with us going out there and showing up. We've got to play."
Do you have a picture of your dunk over Greg Paulus hanging on your wall?
"No, I don't have any pictures of it, nothing like that. I've seen a couple of pictures of it. I'm sure my family has pictures of it, t-shirts or whatever. But that's in the past -- it has nothing to do with what's going to happen tomorrow night."