Tuesday PC Quotes + Audio

Inside Carolina's Tuesday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Roy Williams, Marcus Ginyard, Deon Thompson, Will Graves, Ed Davis and Larry Drew, who spoke to the media as the Tar Heels welcome archrival Duke to the Smith Center on Wednesday night.

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On Tyler Zeller:
"Yesterday, he did the X-ray, and I think I'll get all of this right, but there was more calcium forming on the stress fracture. And then they did the CT scan last night at 8:00 and Dr. Creighton called me at that time and said he had some good news that they felt like things looked really good. He's been released to do some shooting and straight-ahead running. I think that's all he will do this week. If no pain comes, then I think that they would release him to do more next week. "

On how the defense needs to improve:
"We have to do a better job of guarding the basketball so dribble penetration doesn't hurt us as much and so quickly. We have to be able to guard our own man so our teammates don't have to help as much."

On Tyler Hansbrough:
"One of these days, when I'm sitting back in my golf cart and waiting for my time to tee it up, I'm going to think about how special it was to coach Tyler Hansbrough. I'm going to think of how lucky I was to coach Tyler Hansbrough. I'm going to think of how effective he was for our team; because he set the standard. We had the national championship in 2005, so he didn't have to legitimize our program again or anything like that, but he set a standard for four years for everybody that stepped out on the court. And even some of his own teammates – no, all of his teammates, at some time – were in awe of what he did. And that's pretty neat."



On improving:
"We've just got to come together collectively as a team and start to do better. There's no question that we've been more up and down than the coaching staff has. We're the ones out there on game night, so we've got to do a better job. Again, we're excited and looking forward to the opportunity tomorrow night against a big-time opponent."

Are guys having fun right now?
"I don't think so. I don't think we're having as much fun as we've had in the past on the court. I think that's the position we need to get back to. When we're out there, we need to be having fun. This is something that we all love to do and you just don't see that excitement out there. Once we get that back, things will start looking a lot better for us."



On coping with the losses:
"I just try to stay out of sight. It's just tough to be around people when you're losing."

On Duke:
"They definitely have a presence inside with the Plumlee brothers and Lance [Thomas] has always been there and [Brian] Zoubek has always been there. I think [Jon] Scheyer is playing some of the best basketball of anybody in the country. It's definitely going to be a challenge for us to step up, but we wouldn't want it any other way."



On how last year's team prevented the runs that have plagued this year's squad:
"No teams really went on big runs against us last year because we just had so many scorers, from Wayne to Ty to Tyler and then [Danny Green]. It didn't really happen often. There were teams that tried to come back with runs but couldn't because we just really put the hammer down once we got up on teams."



On Hansbrough's jersey being retired on Wednesday:
"You can't say enough about Tyler Hansbrough. Especially with him in here, I thought the crowd was already going to be rocking, but with Tyler in here, the roof might come off from the screaming."

On containing Duke's perimeter weapons:
"Just playing hard and having some defensive want-to, having some emotion on defense. Playing with passion, especially because it's Duke. It's really just taking the same approach. You've got to do the fundamentals and limit down their percentages."



Coach said practice yesterday was mediocre. Was that due to the Maryland loss carrying over?
"It could be. I don't know. We didn't really have that much recovery time. That's an excuse he used. But I don't really like making excuses. I just know we're going to go out here to day and have an even better practice."

On stopping penetration:
"You have to keep the man in front of you in the first place so he's not penetrating all the time. That way we're not relying so much on help and they don't get as many open shots."

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