Duke's Mike Krzyzewski
"Look, it was a bruising game. Points were really hard to come by. I know they're fighting for their NCAA lives. And they fought all year. I mean, Brad's done one of the great jobs in the country in coaching his team.
"You know, we had them down by small double digits and then we couldn't put the darn thing in the basket. And to get like a 14, 16, and really take control, they never give up. And their kids played with a lot of heart and so did our kids. And when they took the lead and Rodney made that play, it's really one of the best plays for us that a player can make, to just take it down the court like that. And then get a one and one, not two shots and to hit those two free throws is just huge.
"When I think back on our first ACC game against Notre Dame, Notre Dame had a similar situation with a little bit more time on the clock and he took it and he didn't go and attack. And we lost the game. And so déjà vu, and all of a sudden he's in that situation again. And this time he makes that happen. Like that's a heck of a thing for that kid. He was throwing up at the start of the we had to take him out, he got sick. And so thank goodness he was okay.
"It was a big win for us against a really gritty tough Clemson team. And I thought our team was tough too. It was just - you know, the basketball tonight, both games were just great ACC games and we're thankful obviously that we came out on the winning side."
On Clemson's comeback: "The personality and the heart of Clemson's team probably rose to its highest during that time because they're fighting for their lives, not just in this game but for the tournament. And we beat a team that put everything on the line against us.
"I thought like when it was three points, we'd get a five point lead, we just could not get a stop. And I don't know if we were I know we were tired, both teams were tired. And it was really hot in there. I mean, that's the hottest. It was really hot. And I think that had an effect on both teams. The time of the game and, I mean, there's nothing you can do about it.
"But the kids tonight really fought through a lot and gave us commentators say it wasn't a pretty game. Then don't commentate. To me it was a great game. You have both teams fighting until the end like that, it's terrific. It's not going to be pretty."
On Duke's semifinal match-up with NC State: "First of all, we would love to face anybody in the semis and I've coached a lot of games in this tournament. And every one is a huge game. And you're just happy to advance.
"I'm not surprised at NC State. NC State is playing great basketball. And Mark's got his team at a real high level of belief. Warren is playing lights out basketball. I mean, he's had a great year, but the last few weeks, last couple of weeks, you know, phenomenal is not exaggerating. He's been unbelievable. And he never seems to get tired.
"I was watching - I watched the first half back at our hotel until the under four and then when I got here I was watching in our little coaches' area. First of all, I thought it was a great game. And Warren is at that elite level right now. Knowing the history of this tournament, sometimes a kid, they're really good, but then when you have a guy playing like that, you become even better. Because he gets points for his team. And he's very efficient.
"Tomorrow will be a very difficult game for us. And again, I don't know where these bubbles are and all of that, where their team is right now with the NCAA, but tonight's win against Syracuse has to go a long way. Again, you at this time of the year so many teams that are going to be pretty good seeds in the tournament get knocked off by teams that just are playing with great hunger and great sense of urgency, and in a lot of respects, this week, starting towards the end of last week, until Sunday, is some of the best basketball of the year.
"And to see kids on all of these teams fighting like crazy for an opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament, it's magnificent. We're in it. And so you have to beat teams like that. And that's difficult. It's really difficult. And tonight that was the case and tomorrow will be the case too."
On the expanded ACC tournament format: "Well, there's nothing you can do about it. That's what you have to do. I'd rather be a high seed. I do think, though, when you come into the tournament today and you haven't done anything in the arena and if you're the second game of the two games, you don't have much of a warm-up.
"So I think that's where Carolina and us were in today. The team you're playing against, they've won. They've just won the day before. They know the building. They have a good feel. And there's not that much separation, if any, from the teams. And all of a sudden that little bit I mean, it has an effect. There's no question about it.
"But I don't know how you it's just the way it is. I mean, we talk to our team about it, warm up harder, you know all of that. Maybe we warmed up too hard, got ourselves tired or whatever. But that's part of the conference tournament that's different. It's different in the NCAA Tournament. Because everybody starts out 0 0. There are no byes."
On the ACC's NCAA prospects, with teams like Clemson, Pitt and NC State fighting for bids: "I really don't think the conference is getting the respect it should. Because Syracuse was the number one team in the country for a while. Virginia has been really good. Carolina in February was as good as anybody and they still might be as good as anybody.
And then we've been pretty darn good the whole year, I mean, where we're ranked and everyone talks about the Big 12, and they should. Then they say, 'Well, when somebody beats one of those teams, boy, that makes them a tournament contender.'
"Well, we've gotten beat by - Clemson had beaten us. Wake had beaten us. Notre Dame had beaten us. People say, 'Well, they're not having a good year' - well, they beat us. So they have to be pretty good.
"Same thing with Syracuse. Syracuse gets knocked off. Our league is a lot better. A lot better. When I see these things where they say certain conferences are getting six or seven and we might now like I can't even believe people now say, "Well, Pitt's earned it." Well, yeah, they have - before today. Before today.
"Again, I'm not trying to just be a cheerleader for the conference. I love our conference. I'm just trying to be realistic. We have a great conference this year. This year we have as many top ranked teams to match up against anybody. If you look at the top 15 and the RPI or whatever, I think we have more, as many or more than anyone else.
"So that means these other teams are good that people are saying are on the bubble. I mean, it's frustrating. I'm frustrated for our guys. Because all of us can just because we're Duke or you still have to earn it. We could be in that position next year or the next three, four years, where we're the eighth place team in a strong conference and not getting the credit."