Second Round Press Conference, Saturday, March 17
Arizona (24-7) to face Butler (24-7) at 1:20 p.m. Sunday
Arizona Coach Lute Olson:
"This is not going to be a case of going out there and thinking that this is just a game that we can go through and win without playing our very best. I think we have to be at our very best. Defensively (Butler) creates a tremendous number of problems, so I don't think there's any problem of us being focused and motivated for this game or any of them."
ON THE SUCCESS OF THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE:
"I don't like the term 'lack of respect' because we've got more than we deserve probably. A lot can be said about UCLA, and Stanford has been No 1 more times this year than anyone else. We always are going to have a problem in the West with the time element. No matter what you do, you can't change that. Our games are being played when press time is over a lot of times in the east and midwest. If you look at the success that the conference has had over the last five years, the conference has been pretty good. UCLA won the title, I think in '95. We won the title in '97 and I think there are two consecutive years that four teams were selected and all four got to the Sweet 16 or beyond."
"(Loren Woods) has played really well over the last three weeks, and even longer than that. He played great on the Bay Area trip. He was the Pac-10 Player of the Week. The thing that we've done over the last three weeks in practice is put our post people in a situation where we are making the be aggressive, putting the ball in the basket and making things happen. Loren ws unselfish to the point where it was hurting us -- he would get the ball inside and then get it to open people outside. But if it was one-on-one inside it doesn't make sense to pass it back out. In our practices he has shown great improvement and it's just been a matter of transferring it over to game situations."
Sophomore Guard Jason Gardner:
"When we played earlier in the season, before Butler came to Tucson I told the team that this would be a hard-nosed, tough team with a good coach. I told them their guards would be shooters and penetrators and would bring it. Indiana basketball in general is competitive, and (Butler guard) Brandon (Miller) is typical of that kind of player. He will not back down from anyone and just play as hard as he can, like I do."
Sophomore Guard Gilbert Arenas:
"I've told everyone before and right from the beginning that the first two games in the tournament are always going to be the hardest. You don't ever know what kind of a team you're going to fce, and because of that there always are upsets in the first and second rounds. You really just have to keep your composurre and play hard to be able to come out on top."