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On opening up in the second half to win by 16 points:
“I think we scored on almost 15 of the first 19 or 20 possessions. I thought we were more patient in the second half. The ball swung outside, but we got it inside. We had a mismatch. Akil (Mitchell) was terrific down there with his moves and his quickness.”
On growth of Akil Mitchell and Darion Atkins:
“I talked before about their activity. I didn’t think we were really alert or active to start the game defensively, but I thought as it wore on that we got better. They’re quick, and they can show on ball screens and get back. That quickness is important. They’re not the bulkiest of guys, but they can use their feet and their position to be effective. I like what I’m seeing. Then, when you get some scoring inside off them, or offensive rebounds, it really helps our offense.”
On Jontel Evans:
“He was better today in the game. He touched the paint more and he got in there and made better decisions. He had five steals, and I thought he locked in there and guarded. When he settled in on Sykes, that made a difference. We were going to let him finish the game, but I thought it would be good to get Teven in there. As I mentioned before, hopefully he’ll keep getting better and better, but his ability to put pressure on the defense and get to the paint, especially after the ball rotates, makes a difference for us. That’s where you saw Darion, Akil, and those guys getting some easy buckets.”
On Jontel Evans’ impact tonight:
“Jontel is huge. He’s a great defender and he was All-ACC defense last year. Offensively, he can almost get to the paint at will it seems. It opens up a ton for our offense, especially for guys like me and Paul.”
On Akil Mitchell’s performance:
“Akil has been great for us all season long. His rebounding has been great. He impacts the glass on both ends and gets us a ton of rebounds. Offensively, he has been working, and credit to our coaching staff for developing. He’s almost automatic now with the left hook over his shoulder.”
On his performance in Wisconsin:
“Honestly, I was frustrated with myself. It was very selfish of me, because we got a great team win and my team did really well. But, all I could think about was how I didn’t play well. Today I took that right step into playing well again.”
On his first basket tonight:
“That was crazy. It was funny because Coach Sanchez decided to do it at shoot around. He looked at me and said, ‘You can get this, and we’re going to look at you.’ Evan looked at me, and I threw it up. The last time I posted someone up was the Winthrop game last year.”
On the second half play tonight:
“We played really well. We were very unselfish, and we turned down good shots for great shots.”
On his first 20-point game:
“It started at the ACC championship. I’ve been working hard over the past few years, and the coaches have slowly been giving me more and more confidence. Everything feels good right now.”
On his dunk tonight:
“It's good to get a dunk in a game. It feels like I haven’t dunked all season. I came down the lane, and I got up in the air. I just thought about dunking, and did it. I haven’t seen the highlight, but someone said I double clutched it. It just felt good.”
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