Jan. 8, 2009
Arizona head coach Russ Pennell
"I was extremely happy with our effort tonight. We played very hard. We accomplished our goal of coming out and giving a good effort after the Stanford game. There's room for us to get better, but I felt we played well tonight."
"You want to get him shots around the goal. I expected Chase (to come out and score). The team felt good for him. He came out and tried to do everything. When Chase plays like that, he's really good. He is so much more than just a shooter and tonight he showed that."
"We started off sloppy with the ball again. I wish I knew why, maybe it's conference play. We're going to make mistakes, but tonight we played through them. We gave a great effort."
"When he's been good, he's been an x-factor for us in all our wins. He's learning to sustain through every play and that's where he need to improve. I thought he did a good job with that tonight."
"Sometimes winning is more of a relief that just happiness because you always have to focus on the next game."
On Oregon State game Saturday
"I look at this as a two part job. We got job one done and now we have to take care of job two.
Arizona Player Quotes
Junior Forward Chase Budinger
"I was able to make my cuts and my teammates were able to find me. I got easy dunks and easy lay ups tonight. It feels great to finally get a win. The last couple of days we have been practicing real hard. We were really focused, and practiced things we needed to work on. The three I hit felt great. I say that I'm a shooter, a pretty good shooter. I was never worried that my shot was going away. It will come back."
On playing a young Oregon team with new players:
"It was different. I was so used to playing that same group. That team they had was always extremely tough to play. It was nice to play a different group of guys. They shot 18% from beyond the arch, not very Oregon like.
On the off-the-back inbound play:
"I have been waiting for that. Every game I look for that guy to turn around, and finally it happened. I was able to get an easy bucket."
Junior Forward Jamelle Horne:
On his new haircut:
"Those two losses really hurt, something needed to change. I went to the barber and said give me something new. I closed my eyes the entire time and woke up with a mohawk. What else could he do though? It was either this or bald, and I'm not MJ. I look fresh."