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Post-Game Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 28, 2000
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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson:

"Butler is a good basketball team. They have balance and good shooters. We knew that this was going to be a battle, it was a good opportunity. Over 40 percent of their shots are threes, and they shoot 44 percent as a team. We had to make sure that we limited their 3-point percentage. We broke down early, so we had to have a lot of helping on defense. Butler gets rid of the ball quickly and they also shoot it early too.

"Overall we played well. Turnovers were our biggest problem, especially when you turn it over 20 times. Towards the end we did a good job of taking care of the ball, but when Michael Wright got into foul trouble that created problems for us."

"In the second half against Louisiana State we did a great job protecting from threes. Overall we did a good job. We made it tough for them and they had to scramble. I told them that it was going to be like playing Gonzaga all over again. They play intelligently."

On John Ash:
"He gave us seven minutes of turnover-free basketball, and he didnt send anyone to the free throw line. He does a good job in practice, and he understands his role. His role is to defend and take the wide open shot if there is one. He also gave Jason (Gardner) quality time on the bench. Very seldom does Jason ask for help, but he did in the first half, so John went in. He works really hard and he is glad to have the opportunity to play."

Michael Wright
"Tonight we focused on getting the ball down in the post. Loren (Woods) was able to really work underneath with their (Butler's) smaller size. You've got to give Butler credit, they were patient, worked the ball around and took good shots. They stayed within their offense "

Jason Gardner
"We haven't played a lot together so far this season. Starting with the Illinois game and then LSU and now tonight. We're starting to put it together and play as a team.

Loren Woods
"I thought I played all right tonight. I'm trying to get back into a rhythm. Most guys out there have played at least 10 games so far and I've only played in four. I have to work hard to get to the point that I want to be."

"We weren't really nervous (with the score so close). The guys we have weren't going to let this one get away. We've already had a couple of games slip away. We're starting to do the things to win (close) games. We knew Butler was going to bring their 'A' game and we knew that we weren't going to blow them out. It was a close game but we weren't nervous."

Butler head coach Thad Matta

"There are no real moral victories, but I am so proud of my team tonight for the way that they came our, did everything that we said and hung in there during the game. They came in and played hard, and once again, did everything that we as coaches asked of them.

"They executed the offense and the defense, and that allowed them to expose Arizona's weakness a little bit, until Arizona just kept getting the ball to them (Loren Woods and Michael Wright) in the middle and that was the difference.

"Woods and Wright played so well down low, and there was not a lot that we were able to do to stop them down low. They just make a lot of shots, rebound well, and Woods is a defensive stopper.

"We acted like we could win out there. In the press conference, I told them (the media) that this is what we expected. They asked if we were surprised, but I told them that this was Butler basketball, and we played the way that we wanted to. Nobody gave us a chance to win this game, but we played so well, and were in it down the stretch.

"You have to be able to make some things happen. The score was 62-60 (Arizona leading), but their defense, especially Woods, took control, and we were not able to do what we wanted to. He changes so many shots, even if he does not get (credited with) a block for them.

"Our players executed what we wanted them to to a 'T', but we just did not get open enough at the end, and Arizona was able to stop us."

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