Although I don't think many of our players listened to me on this one because it was so hard to do, I didn't want our players looking at the scoreboard and worrying about the score until there was five minutes left in the game. At that point managing the clock became an important factor. Otherwise I wanted them to concentrate on each possession and execute well. That was hard to do if they were preoccupied with the score and the outcome of the game. It's important to stay in the present. As coach I seldom looked as the scoreboard until the second half.
From "The Carolina Way" by Dean Smith with Gerald Bell and John Kilgo