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Head Coach Lute Olson Weekly Press Conference Quotes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/06/2001
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"We had a good practice yesterday. I would look for us to get back on track like we have been the last seven of eight games. (Senior center) Loren (Woods) had a good practice yesterday."

On freshman guard Travis Hanour:
"There have been a lot of questions that have come up about Travis. We put him in the game pretty early against Oregon State because we have been able to see consistent improvement in some areas. It has been a difficult year for him because he's been sidelined a couple times this season.

"As a freshman, missing a day of practice is like missing a week. He's had some physical problems over the course of the year. The flu over the Christmas Break really knocked him back because he lost a lot of weight. He's making better decisions with the ball. Freshman like to take the ball to the basket no matter what and he's doing a better job of feeding the ball in the paint and pulling up for jumpers.

"On the defensive end Travis is 100 times better then when he came in. He will be in more of a regular rotation now and it is obvious the guys really enjoy playing with him and they are really pulling for him in practice. I am really encouraged at his desire to get as much work in as possible whether it be on the scout team or with the regulars."

On Washington:
"They are much better then the first time we played them because they have changed their starting lineup. It looks like they are playing within the roles that coach Bender has asked them to play. (Guard) Curtis Allen is a point guard is doing a good job of breaking down defenses. (Junior center David) Dixon is a guy who is a big guy who is getting better with each time out. He has soft hands which is critical for a post player and has good mobility for a big guy. It's a pretty veteran team with the exception of Allen at point."

On Washington's domination of the offensive glass in the first meeting against Arizona:
"They killed us on the boards. I think it is the most anybody has gotten against us in the last 18 years here. Our rebounding totals have been getting better. "

Assessing second half of conference play:
"There's a lot of parody in college basketball. In the first round of conference play the teams rise to the top who are used to dealing with the pressure. On the second time around, there are a lot more upsets because teams at the bottom of the league don't have the pressure on them anymore and the young players settle into their roles. It's interesting the way the league has shaken out, the team that were expected to finish in the top five are right there."

On senior center Loren Woods:
"The team really listens to Loren a lot. He's one of two guys on the team that the guys will really listen to. With that comes a lot of responsibility and he understands that."

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