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January 6, 2014

Wake vs. UNC: post-game Q-&-A's

Winston-Salem, NC - Coaches and players spoke with members of the media following Wake Forest's (11-3, 1-0 ACC) 73-67 win over No. 19 North Carolina (10-4, 0-1 ACC).

Wake Forest guard Codi Miller-McIntyre

On the fans: "They were really big. It's going to be tough to win games like that without them. I think our crowd is so good at home and they're very supportive of us and wins like that are just going to draw in more fans. That's why we excel so much at home."

On being 19-33 from the free throws: "Nights like this, I can't even explain how we came out with the win when we were out rebounded the way we were and missing as many free throws as we did. That is definitely something we have to clean up. It's honestly just more practice."

On defense: "I love what coach did this game. He allowed me to get on their best player, face guard and lock in completely on defense. We had to focus on defense and the offense would come and once we all locked in on defense, every single player, it was amazing what we could do."

On having Madison as point guard: "When I get to play the two I get a better chance to get going, because I can feel more free and am more able to get to the basket. It definitely starts me off more aggressive."

On the total team play: "It just shows you what we can do when everybody shows up to play. If everybody does that every single day, night, practice and walk through, we'd be a tuff team to stop."

Wake Forest forward Tyler Cavanaugh

On preparing for the road: "We just got to do what we do and we have to put two good half's together and once we get a win it's going to change everything. It is a mental block because we just have to see success and then will just catapult from there."

On having 33 shots from the free throw line: "We've been aggressive all year and we've been getting to the line. I think Codi has been a catalyst for that and getting us to the line. Overall we've been very aggressive and that's what we need to continue to do but now we have got to start making them."

On the team play as a whole: "It was big for us and that is something we've been trying to work on. We have so many weapons offensively because any one guy can go for 20 points on a given night. So for us to spread it around were very difficult to guard. Also, Coach put us in some great sets to use to our advantage and spread the floor. We did a good job and did what we had to do."

Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik

Opening statement: "I want to thank our fans. Our fans were really there for us and we appreciate them very much. Also, just a great team effort by our team. They all stood out."

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams

Opening statement: "With 24 offensive rebounds we should have more than 17 points. But we weren't tough enough, physical enough, strong enough, explosive enough to finish the plays at that point. We got it to a one-point game and took two shots that were rushed. We probably should have taken a few more seconds to get a better shot and we had some chances but didn't shoot the ball in the hole very well."


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