Though he's happy to celebrate his seniors' accomplishments, UNC coach
"The biggest challenge is to get the kids to relax, so they're so worried about, 'Is granddad going to be here? Is my girlfriend going to be able to bum a ticket from somebody else?'" he said. "It's all those logistical stresses on the kids that the parents don't really want, but the parents cause a great deal of concern for the players. "It doesn't allow them to rest mentally or physically. It doesn't allow them to focus like we'd like for them to the day of the game. Then you have certain youngsters that put more pressure on themselves. Basketball is a game where you can get emotionally too high."
Another issue is the Senior Day tradition of starting all the old guys. With seven seniors, that's impossible. "I'm going to call
"He's been really superb," Kryzyzewski said. "His energy is what you would want from freshmen who are playing whether they're starting or coming off the bench. He seems not to get tired, and he's playing so hard. ... It makes all of our guys out there a little bit better. His play has really given us a big boost."
"I've always put a great deal of emphasis on the regular season," he said. "I think it means more. It's your body of work over two-and-a-half to three months, over 16 games. You've heard me say many times, 'Enjoy the journey.' If you're playing well in the regular season, you have a greater chance to enjoy the journey."
After last week's 104-74 win against Georgia Tech, Hansbrough almost committed Tobacco Road blasphemy when he told the