Feb. 12, 2004
Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes
"It was a very good win. In the areas that USC killed us in last time, we turned around and beat them in each of those categories tonight. The key to winning was our defensive pressure, especially in the second half. We did a much better job of putting pressure on the basketball, and we made it hard for them to make good passes. Another key was that we limited them to only 26 percent shooting in the second half. We made them work for every pass, and we put good pressure on their perimeter shooters."
"We need to have people moving all of the time because we had a lot of standing around and watching in the first half. We did have 12 steals compared to their nine steals, so that definitely is a step in the right direction."
"Chris Rodgers' defense was very important tonight, and he just did a fantastic job. We started with Chris at point guard in the second half, and he started with great defensive pressure outside. He has put together some very good efforts for us. He did a good job of getting the ball ahead to the wings, he took good shots when he had opportunities, and he did a good job of finding open people off of the penetration."
"In addition to Chris Rodgers' defensive play, another key was Salim Stoudamire's defense on (Desmon) Farmer. Salim made it very difficult for Farmer to do what he wanted for the whole game, and he did not let Farmer come down and start the offense. Farmer had to fight to get every pass, and Salim did a great job of taking away his left hand, which is critical to his game."
"There should be a sense of urgency every time we play. We have to figure out why we get behind like we did at the beginning of the first half. We have to do something about this because we are going to be facing this kind of situation every single time out. We cannot continue to start games like that, so we may have to look at changing the starting lineup. We are going to have to take a look at what we do because this cannot continue."
Arizona Player Quotes
Guard Chris Rodgers
"The whole game we played defense well. We know that if we want to take care of business here on our home court, we have to play good defense."
"I had to step up tonight. I always try to bring energy to the game by creating steals and getting our team on the run. That is our game. When we create runs defensively we are able to get on a roll."
"Every time I step on the court, I'm going to give everything I have."
"Once we turned up our defense tonight, it changed the game around. We really picked up our intensity and energy in the second half."
"We can score with any team in the country. When we turn our defense up, we are able to get on the run and do what we do best."
Forward Andre Iguodala
"The main thing tonight was that we came out and played our game. We have showed in spurts how good we can be, we just need to be consistent."
"Our players kept finding each other on the break. We are an exciting team to watch."
"Our team came out knowing that we needed to play defense, and that converted for us offensively."
"Chris Rodgers did a great job for us tonight by creating havoc out there on the floor. He comes through for us every game like that."
"Our practices were intense on Monday and Tuesday. We need to continue to practice hard, and it will carry into games."
"Our team chemistry is coming together. The little things make a big difference. Things like getting our guys together after free throws is helping us come together as a team well."
Guard Salim Stoudamire
"Chris Rodgers turned things up on the defensive end for us. He sparked us out there, and we fed off of his energy."
"We played with intensity defensively, and we were able to get some easy transition baskets."
"We need to try to focus on defense better, and work on our ball control."
"I have stepped up and I have been more vocal. I try to get our players to be more aggressive."
"UCLA will give us all they have. We need to come out prepared for them."
Center Channing Frye
"We challenged ourselves, and Coach Olson challenged us to play our best."
"Everyone has a specific role on this team. Everyone demands different things in different games. Everyone did their job tonight, and played good one-on-one defense."
"Every game is huge from here on out. We need to come out and try to get another win on Saturday."
Guard Mustafa Shakur
"Chris Rodgers was a sparkplug for us, and led us to some good plays in transition. He got other players involved, creating some easy baskets, and got the crowd into the game."
"We need to come mentally prepared every game. We can't think that because we are Arizona we will play and beat everybody. We need to play our best every game."