Ivey: 'It's going to be a high scoring game'

Texas head coach <B>Rick Barnes</B> and seniors <B>Brandon Mouton</B> and <B>Royal Ivey </B>faced the media Friday afternoon in Denver heading into their NCAA second round contest with North Carolina.

Opening Statement

"When you think of UNC, you think of a very explosive team. They're a team that has gone through a tough schedule this year and will be ready to play."

"They are an outstanding offensive team. I don't think we have played against another team this year as athletic as they are."

On Brandon Mouton and Brian Boddicker

"They work really well together. They love getting on one side of the floor and playing off each other. Brandon gets a lot of attention from the defense. He does a good job of moving the ball and he really knows how to get himself open and create separation from his man. Brian steps out and people are so concerned with him shooting the ball that he opens up the court. Both are very smart players and they have a good understanding of the game. When they get going together and making shots and plays, we're playing our best basketball."

On bringing Kenton Paulino back into the starting lineup

"After T.J. Ford decided to go to the NBA, we went into the off-season thinking that Kenton has to play that position. He's not a natural point guard, but he has a nice feel and great pace with the ball. He worked hard in the summer and he as a great future. We decided to put him back in because he was dominating in practice. He has done really well, and in the second half of yesterday's game he gave our guys confidence."

On coaching experience

"Experience helps. I gained my experience by sitting alongside of other coaches. Every guy starts in different ways. At this point, the key is getting your guys ready to play and hope that things will go well for you."

On playing North Carolina

"I have great respect for UNC. They have been very consistent for many years. I don't think there's a better compliment than calling a team consistent and always being there year in and year out."

On Brandon Mouton

"Brandon is a tough guy who won't back down. He is not afraid to fail and this is his best trait. He will face anybody in the arena and he is not afraid to be good."

Brandon Mouton

On having an offensive mindset before games

"I don't really have a mindset, because I am only concerned with winning games. I know my role, which is to score, but there are a lot of other guys around me who can get the job done also. When the opportunity presents itself, I take advantage."

On Brian Boddicker

"Brian is very hard to stop when he is shooting well. He is good on the inside, and he shoots well around the perimeter, which makes hard to guard. He brings a lot as far as what we are trying to get done and he brings points, which helps us a lot."

On playing UNC

"We know their style of play, but I am never comfortable this time of year. Each game is tough and we have our hands full. We have to be focused and intense, because UNC will bring that. We look forward to a great game."

On the intensity perception of Rick Barnes

"I think a coach's mentality rubs off on his players. Coach wants to win and he sticks his neck out for us, which rubs off. He fires me up, he fires the rest of us up, and that makes us play our hearts out."

On Royal Ivey

"He has matured a lot both on and off the court. He brushed off on us and we look up to him for how hard he works. He puts the team first."

Royal Ivey

On the difference Brian Boddicker makes when he is hitting threes

"When he is hot, he is unstoppable. He's a great three-point shooter, so we look for him to hit open threes and bring energy to our team."

On playing UNC

"We are playing against a high octane offense. They like to get up and down and that's what we like to do, too. I think it's going to be a high scoring game. We look to our bench more than North Carolina, so I think that is our key. They have great players and a great starting five. They like to get up and down the floor, they have great guard play and they are versatile."

On the intensity perception of Rick Barnes

"He's intense, but he loves what he does, and he refuses to back down. He really wants to win, and he is willing to put everything out there on the line, which is why we do what we do."

On Brandon Mouton

"We are good friends on and off the court. I think he's been through a lot since his first year, and he has challenged Coach Barnes into getting him on the floor. He (Mouton) is a great leader, and he has really stepped it up. He leads by example and he wants to win, which I admire a lot. Brandon also plays whether he is feeling good or bad, and I respect that about him."


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