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Coach Lute Olson Quotes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/27/2000
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On the Purdue Game:
"I think if we had played the game the day before there definitely would have been an effect. We could see it in practice with their wind. I don't think it had an effect on Saturday. It was a case of Purdue playing very well and our perimeter players trying to do too much. Having Richard (Jefferson) in foul trouble was tough. We need to have a strong contribution out of him on a regular basis. Richard has to overcome getting down on himself. He wants to do so well but if he is not doing well he's his own worst critic."

Positives gained from Road Trip:
"The positives are that if you count the exhibition games, we played five games in nine days. We have a lot of tape to breakdown and analyze and that is invaluable in the development of this team. There were times where we played very aggressive defense and there were times where we played very passive. The key is for the players to recognize the difference between the two styles. That's the where a lot of the learning is."

"I thought once we got down we didn't try to get it back all at once. We did a good job of coming back from the early deficit. I thought in the second half there were times we could have extended the lead further."

On being back at home to open the home schedule:
"I'm sure they'll happy to sleep in their own bed and get back in some kind of routine."

On Gonzaga:
"Gonzaga spreads the court well and shoot the lights out on threes. Casey Calvary is a big strong guy inside. Because you have to extend on the perimeter to cover the shot, it opens up the inside. It is a nice balance of inside-outside. Defensively, they are containment-oriented."

"They have a very good tradition there. John Stockton was a pretty good gaurd. They have done a good job getting good players from that area. They play very intelligent basketball. They play good, solid defense within the limits of their abilities. Offensively, they utilize the three and the low post."

"We need to get to a point where defense is at a premium for us. If we are going to be the team we believe can be, guys need to recognize that there are two ends of the court. I have liked periods of how we played defensively [against Illinois and Dayton] but we need to become consistent."

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