It was hard to move on from the Duke game, but we stuck together through thick and thin. We've tried to put the past behind us and move on, but for some reason we always seem to get the bad end of the stick.
You hear about the Duke Ellingtons, the Jimmie Luncefords, and the Fletcher Hendersons, but people sometimes forget that jazz was not only built in the minds of the great ones, but on the backs of the ordinary ones.
Now we really have to get the Duke game and the Miami game. We've been in this situation plenty of times, so we're used to it. But this year we've got to get it done. We've come too far as a team and as a staff to let this season slip away like this.
I was pleased overall with the first 35 minutes of the game and holding Duke to 20 points for [the first] half. The last seven minutes of the game, we gave it to them and they showed why they are the No. 2 team in the nation.
When I saw five of our guys slap the floor, it reminded me of Duke and I knew we were going to go away with the win. I don't teach that; they did that on their own. Our defensive intensity played a big role in our winning.
We're going to get on a plane Friday and get ourselves ready. [Duke] is obviously as good of a team as there is in America, so we have to make sure that we use every available minute to get ready for them.
This thing at Duke isn't going to wake up anything. You'd like to think that it would. You'd like to think this is one of those things that you talk to your kids about at home, that it's a teaching moment. But here's what people want to know about it - that it didn't happen, or that it didn't happen as it was first reported. And that's the unfortunate part - because something wrong happened there.
I think it does as far as how hard [the players] go. It's not a national phenomenon like a Duke versus [North] Carolina, but I think that would be missing the point. Great rivalries are based on how hard the participants play in the game.
It looked like the Zach Duke we saw a lot of around the National League last year. That's a very good sign, especially when you start to get short on time in preparing for the regular season. Zach is starting to spearhead his way toward doing the things you want to see a pitcher do at this time of the spring.
We picked up at the start of the second half the way we finished the first. The Duke game was a tough loss. We know we could have won that game. All we could do was watch the tape of it and learn our lesson, not make the same mistakes again and that's what we did against Wake Forest.
My thing with Duke is they are a high percentage team, so I'm real pleased with the fact that we held them to 41 percent shooting. But J.J. is a great player and when the game is on the line your players have to make plays. He knew he was going to try to make a play and he did.