Yeah, for either of the players. Florida State, their
length and their height. How much do you think
that disrupted what you wanted to do offensively? Kyle? Yeah, I think they’re a very
athletic team, very long, like you said. And it did disrupt us a little
bit, and we’ll watch the tape. And I think it’s very evident
what we needed to fix, and we’ll be ready
come next week. Ty? Yeah, they were just a
tougher team tonight. More athletic, more
physical tonight. All of it. Second row to our left. [INAUDIBLE],, Black Sports
Online, this is for Coach. How do you get your team
ready for postseason now? Yeah well, I think grow
from this experience. We had some chances
win the game. I think we went up one. But Florida State played well. They defended well. They were sound. And as we said, tonight
they were the tougher team or more physical. They’re physical that way. So we look at the
things we can clean up. And you always have
a growth mindset. That’s the way it is. Get our rest, and
get ready to go. And again, the play on the
glass was just a lot of areas that you look at that
will be good on tape to grow and then prepare
for wherever we’re at in the NCAA tournament. Right in the middle of the room. Hill Overton, WIXE radio. Coach, what lessons did
you learn both yesterday and tonight that you
can carry on and use as good the knowledge
for moving into the NCAA? Well, I think when you get
into this kind of setting, the possessions matter. So you can’t have
empty possessions or some of the things that– I don’t know if you want to
say self-inflicted wounds. But if you know we miss a block
out or we miss a coverage, we’re not going to be perfect. But I think that we’ve just
spent– these guys have been amazing all year. And we’ve always found
ways to pull it out. And sometimes that’s a good
reminder when you can’t pull it out, now we’ve got to tighten
the screws in other areas and be ready. But hats off to Florida State. That’s a well-coached good team. Nichols was so good tonight even
at times when we did guard him. He just made some
shots in our face. And their length is noticeable. To our left. Kirshman and Chris [INAUDIBLE]
from [INAUDIBLE] radio. What did Florida State
do differently tonight than you guys did
back in January? It was quite a while ago. I think they shot it better. They were so balanced in
their scoring We probably didn’t, obviously did
not shoot it as well. And I think they defended–
they were a little tighter on us and played a more physical game. And sometimes at this
stage of the year, the game is more physical. Third row aisle. Ty, you struggled
shooting both nights here. Was there anything about
this setting, this venue? Or why did you
feel a little off? I don’t know. Sometimes the ball
doesn’t go in. Just go back, get back
to Charlottesville. Get back in the gym, and
get ready for the next game. Gene Wang, Washington
Post Column. How would you assess the team’s
play defensively overall given that Florida State shot 56%? You held them at 34% the first
time you guys played them. Yeah, I think
Coach and Ty really hit the nail on the head. They were the tougher team. They were trying to penetrate
and take out or finish at the rim. And they got to the paint a lot. And that bothers us. And it’s very repetitive,
but we’ll watch the tape, and we’ll be better from it. To our left. Yeah, Tony. What kind of scouting report
did you have on Nichols? I don’t remember him doing
a whole lot the first time? Yeah, no. You watch them at– Florida State’s
good because they have one guy I think
in double figures. And then maybe they
have a second guy, but they’re balanced. And they play a lot of
guys, and he’s capable. He’s really capable,
as we’ve seen. But you could see where he
would back us down and just kind of go over the top. He hit a couple on Kihei– did it on DeAndre. He was rolling tonight,
and we couldn’t quite bother him enough. And we tried to get
a double to him. And when we needed
to get a stop, we couldn’t come up with
a key defensive rebound. So those things kind
of hurt us to give him second chance opportunities. Left aisle. Dick Cox with Cox
Sports Broadcasting. This is for all three. What are your thoughts on now,
after three months of fighting the wars of ACC, getting
a chance to play somebody different next week? Yeah, well, incredible
regular season. Incredible year for these guys. They’ve played well, and
this tournament, last year we were fortunate to win
the regular season title and the conference tournament. This year we weren’t. But now we go into
another tournament. We always talk about it. It’s 40 minute territory. That’s kind of what
we’ve been talking about. And if you’re not sharp for
the majority of those minutes or possessions, you get beat. And then you’re done
at that tournament. Yeah. I don’t think this is
anything to hang our hat on. We’ve got three losses
on the entire year, six in the last two years. So I’m nothing but
excited for next week. Ty? Yeah, it’s going to be
painful not to play tomorrow. But I remember, we cut down
the nets in the ACC tournament last year, and we didn’t like
the way our season ended. So this isn’t the end
all be all by any means. So just about trying to
figure out how much better we can get from now
to Thursday or Friday. Front row to the right. Tony, you didn’t get much
scoring off your bench either two nights. Is that any concern going ahead? Yeah, I think when we
played them in way back, we did get some scoring. I think Braxton had a big game. You could see how they were
really contesting Kyle and Ty, making shots hard. DeAndre got some stuff. But balanced scoring, which
is what they had against us is always very tough. And we weren’t– I didn’t think we were as
productive or as efficient, of course, offensively. But we can talk
offense all you want, sometimes that’s
going to come and go. You got to be able to stand
in there and get the stops. And if you can’t do that,
it’s hard to be successful. Front row. Yeah, Kip Koons for [INAUDIBLE]. Tony, first time really
that Kihei’s lack of size proved to be a liability. Teams have tried
to post him before, and you’ve always been
able to adjust and cover. What did Florida
State do tonight that made that more difficult? Yeah, it wasn’t like
they posted him. That guy again, he hit a couple
shots over a lot of guys. He did it over DeAndre. He was just– he was cooking. But he used his
physicality, and he sort of, whatever you want to say,
you backed the guy down. And then just jumped up
and shot over the top, or made some plays
off the bounce, as he did against a couple guys. So you just try to contest
those and bother them. And even we had some
length, he did it, too. Middle of the room. Coach, Frank Maloney, Who’s
Talking on 9, 10:00 AM. Curious , both halves– first halves here in
Charlotte, the offense seemed to be struggling
to get going. Is there anything that
was happening there? Because you made adjustments
last night, but today, it didn’t seem to happen. I guess I didn’t make good
adjustments at halftime. So that’s it. You get into this
part of the year, in this postseason and
the defense cranks up, the physicality increases. And probably the game
even slows down some. And so again, the
ability to– you’ve got to knock down shots
when you get them. But it was hard fought. We played a team that was
very good, defensively. And to beat a team
like that, you have to stop them and
then be very efficient when you have your chances. Back of the room left. Marty Smith, ESPN. Coach, Kyle just laid it out. You’ve only lost six times
in two years in this league. What do you believe
your team’s potential to be in this NCAA tournament? Yeah, I think we know what we
have to do to be successful. You know it’s a
one game turnover. You just go 1 – 0. That’s always the way. But these guys have
showed when we’re right, and we’re efficient
offensively and hard to score against, we play at
a very high level. And these guys have been so
sound and so smart all year. But we also realize
that we’re susceptible, as every team is
in this tournament. Sometimes that’s as
valuable to know instead of thinking you’re invincible. So if we play well,
hopefully we can go 1 – 0. And then we’ll
trust the next one. Back of the room. Yeah, Tony, do you
subscribe at all to the idea that taking a loss
at this time of year, this stage of the game,
might help bring everything into focus for your guys
going into next week? I do now. Just all right, we lost. We’ll get some extra
rest for these guys. We’ll grow, as we said,
learn from the tape. And you take the
hand that’s dealt and you make the most of it. We would have loved– I wanted these guys so bad to
get a chance at a title fight, is what we said, again. But that didn’t happen. It wasn’t that their effort
was poor or anything. But now we’ll use it to the
best of our– to our advantage. Take two more. Middle of the room. Coach, David Glenn, from
the David Glenn Show at ACCSports.com. It’s really for all of y’all. It’s probably hard to think in
the bigger picture right now, but you are a lot more
elite offensively this year in your body of
work than last year. And you seem to
be healthier, too. So how does that
impact you guys feeling like you have more weapons this
year than you did last year, and assumedly
better health, also? Yeah, I think versatility
is very important. And again, their offensive
efficiency numbers have been very good this year. And tonight they weren’t. But we probably didn’t
again, defend well enough, but that’s healthy. I hope everybody came out
of this game unscathed. And we’ll get the rest, and
then attack the next one. Yeah, really excited
to play, like I said. And I’m very happy that nobody
is hurt, like Coach said. And every loss we’ve ever
taken, we learn from it. And I’m just excited to play. Yeah, I think the improved
offense has been really good for us throughout the year. But, like Coach
said earlier, it’s– more times than not,
it’s going to come down to how well we defend,
and how tough we are throughout the game. And today we weren’t the tougher
team, and when we’re not, that’s what happens. Last question. Back right. Tony, Steve [INAUDIBLE],,
the Associated Press. Sorry if you’ve been
asked this, if not, but are you beginning
to think Charlotte is a jinx, this place? You’ve had some
rough outings here. Yeah, well, I got to live out
my dream of playing in the NBA. I met my wife. I got to play a
good game yesterday. I think I’m pretty
blessed, so I’m OK.