Friday PC Quotes + Audio

Inside Carolina's Friday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Roy Williams, Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green, Bobby Frasor, Ty Lawson and Deon Thompson, who spoke to the media as the Tar Heels prepare for a Senior Night showdown with Duke on Sunday.

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Why is it important to you to win the regular-season title outright?
"I've always put more emphasis on the regular season because I think it means more – it's your body of work over two-and-a-half or three months, over 16 games. You've also heard me say many times to enjoy the journey. And if you're playing well in the regular season, you have a greater chance to enjoy the journey, and I think that's what college athletics should be about. Regardless of what you do, you like to win something outright as to a tie with someone else. So I think that sort of answers itself, but I do think that we take a great deal of pride in being able to do a good body of work for a long time."

You've won six of the last eight against Duke – your thoughts on that streak?
"That it has absolutely no bearing on what's going to happen in Sunday's game. They had beat the dickens out of us several times right before we started winning a couple. It's two great programs, two great groups of kids, two great institutions. I really enjoy the rivalry. I feel very lucky to involved in it, and I've said that many times. But all of things that have gone on in the past really don't make any difference [on Sunday], so I think we feel happy that's happened, but we know it doesn't have anything to do with the next game… Next game, next play."

On the difficulties that come along with Senior Night:
"I think the biggest challenge is to get the kids to relax, and not be so worried about, ‘Okay is granddad going to be here?' or ‘Is my girlfriend going to be able to bum a ticket from someone else?' All of those logistical stresses on the kids that the parents don't want, but the parents cause a great deal of concern for the players. It doesn't allow them to rest, mentally or physically. It doesn't allow for them to focus like we would like for them to, even the day of the game.

"Then you have certain youngsters that put more pressure on themselves; you have to be concerned about that. Basketball is a game that you can get emotionally too high. It's not like football where you can knock the dickens out of somebody, or get knocked out a couple of times, and then you're okay because you're in the game. So I think there's a lot things – there's good and bad."



On his thoughts on his final home game:
"I'm not trying to think about it right now. It's hard, but first of all, I want to concentrate on the game. I have a ton of family coming in, so I want to spend some time with them, but it is a big game for us. The ultimate goal is to win, and I'll think about everything else afterwards."

Why is it important to you to win the regular-season title outright?
"Because we don't want to split it, to be honest with you. We want to have it to ourselves. It's a difficult goal, and I thought when we first started out the year 0-2 and a lot of people started doubting us, we stayed together as a team. And for us to be in this situation right now really shows a lot."

On the win at Duke during his freshman season:
"That's my favorite game since I've been here, beating them at their place on J.J.'s Senior Day."

Will you write a speech for after the game?
"No, I'm going on the fly. Some of my best moments have been on the fly. I don't want to jinx myself, but I do have a couple of things in mind. Nothing written down… Short and sweet."



On the positive things his coach and teammates have said about him:
"That's good – I'm glad they have nice things to say about me as a person. I hope that when I leave here, my memory as a person and a player is recognized as something good."

On finding his niche on this team:
"I think it took a while. Definitely my freshman year I was really young, so I was just getting into learning the system. And then in my sophomore year, I struggled a lot, and I think it was pretty much my junior year when I found myself and had to adjust to it. Even in some games, it was tough for me to adjust. Some games I didn't come with a consistent energy that I provided off the bench last year. I think after my experience last year, it may it a lot easier for me to focus and be consistent [this year]."



Why is it so important to win this title outright?
"It's huge. I've got two nieces, and from that age on, nobody likes to share. The same thing goes for this. You don't want to be able to say, ‘Oh, we were co-champions,' or something of that nature. You want to be able to have bragging rights over everybody else in the league."

Has it been nice to have the appeals process behind you so that you can focus on this final stretch run?
"Definitely. You look at the schedule and you say, ‘Wow, we've only got three more games or we've only got two more games.' Any game after this one isn't really a given, so there's limited games left and you try to make the most of them. Soak everything in and just have fun."



This could possibly be your last home game as well. Have you thought about it from that angle any?
"Not at all. I'm just ready to play. Just thinking about the regular-season championship and beating Duke – also there's Tyler and it's Senior Night, so I just want them to go out with a bang. Don't want them to lose their last game at home, especially with the career that Tyler's had, so just working to win the game for them."

On how Duke will try to stop him:
"They'll probably back off of me -- according to them, I can't shoot. Or they might put somebody more athletic on me, like Gerald [Henderson] or Elliot Williams. Either one of those two things is what I feel like they're going to do."



On the importance of winning on Sunday for the senior class:
"It means a lot. It's everybody's responsibility to make sure they go out the right way and win their last home game and their last regular-season championship. So it's the responsibility of the whole team to make sure we do the right thing."

On playing with Tyler Hansbrough:
"It's been fun. I've been able to watch history ever since I've been here and watch him do what he's been able to do over his four-year career, so it's something that a lot of people won't be able to see [again]."

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