"There's one big goal out there and everybody knows what that goal is. That's what we're trying to aim for. This is my 22nd year as a head coach. We finished fifth one year. I've never finished in the second division anywhere. My first year at Kansas and my first year at North Carolina, we lost in the first round of the conference tournament and that's the only time we've ever done that. These are unchartered waters and I'd like to keep it that way. I don't want to think about any of that other junk. I still have a goal in mind and that's what we're aiming for."
On the aftermath of the Wake Forest victory:
"I loved the look on our guys' faces after the game. It was one of those priceless deals; just the feeling of satisfaction. It's been a struggle. Imagine if you're a University of North Carolina basketball player and you're setting records in a negative way. The amount of pressure and the amount of stress that's on those kids every day… The amount of pressure and stress from their classmates, from every time they open a paper, every time they hear a fact, every time they see SportsCenter. So it was really a thrill for me to see the look on their faces after the game."
On free throw shooting:
"We shoot some at the start of practice, we shoot some in the middle of practice and we shoot some at the end of practice. Then at certain times of the year, we'll tell them to get 200 in the next two days, or 300 in this week… I asked Larry Drew today, I said, ‘Larry, did you go to the gym last night and shoot free throws?' And he said, ‘Yes sir.' And I said, ‘Good, then you're going to live until tomorrow.'
"There's no question that there's some things that you've just got to be straight forward about. It was a struggle for us; it was a struggle for Larry. Nobody wanted to make them more than Larry did. We haven't shot them as well as we did last year and we're doing exactly the same thing that we did last year. Exactly. But the bottom line is that some guys shoot the ball better than others do on game night…
"Buck Freeman, Coach McGuire's assistant coach, said, ‘Finish on your toes.' And that's what I said to Larry. I say that to a lot of kids because what that means is that you're going to have full extension in your follow-through. One of Larry's shots, for example – when he finished his shot, his heels were still on the ground. You can not shoot the ball properly if you do that. So I did mention it to him in a very calm and behaved manner during the course of the game on Saturday. But you've got to make more than four out of 12. There's a lot of people in here that can make four out of 12."
What do you think is the most exciting game in Carolina basketball history?
"I've done some thinking about this. I think you should throw out the national championship games. For me, in my experience, I think when we played Virginia when they had Ralph Sampson and we had Michael Jordan and James Worthy in Carmichael one night. I remember that they were introducing Virginia's players and you couldn't hear the names being called out over the P.A. I was sort of yelling down at Craig Littlepage, the A.D. at Virginia right now, and I said, ‘Lee Raker.' And he was reading my lips and then, when it came time for our guys to be introduced, the noise went up 10 more levels. I've never heard a place that loud. Just that competition – we were No. 1 and No. 2 in the country.
"And then the other one was in '05. The last regular season game when we played Duke in the Smith Center. And I told the kids when we were nine down with a little over three minutes to play, ‘If you do what I tell you to do to the absolute best of your ability, we'll win this game.' And when Marvin Williams got the offensive rebound from a free throw and put the ball in the basket, I got cold chills. That's the loudest I've heard any arena in my entire life. Those are the games that come to mind."
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