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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 1/29/2005
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 29, 2005
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Head Coach Lute Olson


“They won. After we won on Thursday, we had to win on Saturday to stay on top. If not we would be back in the same spot we were on Thursday. I’m embarrassed how we played and the effort we put out. Washington State played great. We still had guys that were thinking about Thursday.”


“We had problems with our veterans. They should know what it is like to have Arizona on their chest.”


“I’m just not pleased. We came down looking for shots and not running our offense.”


“It’s just disappointing. Like I told the guys, if your position coaches are working to teach you and your not doing what they have been teaching you then it’s your fault.”


“Next week we need to take care of business. Stanford has beaten us here three straight times.”


“I was very disappointed in the late possessions. I thought we took poor shots. In late positions you have to take good shots.”


“I’m disappointed. We better do some soul searching, individually. To be as good as we can be, we have to be good every position.”


“Ivan [Radenovic] played really well. He comes out on the court and plays really hard. I thought he had a fabulous game. I thought Mustafa [Shakur] had some good shots, but at critical stages our point guard needs to be the one that is taking care of the ball.”



Arizona Players’ Postgame Quotes


Senior Center Channing Frye:

“They outplayed us.  We just didn’t come to play today.  This is definitely a letdown.  I think people didn’t take this game seriously.  Washington State wanted to win more than we did.”


“You have to suck it up.  If that’s your man, you need to stick with him.”


“We didn’t take the commitment at the beginning of the game.  Our heads weren’t in it.  Some of us were in it, but some weren’t.”


“We need to focus.  We’ll go back to practice and try to understand where we are and where we want to go.  We just need to suck it up.”


“Everybody has to go and look at themselves.  Salim (Stoudamire) and I will take the blame because we are the senior leaders.”


“Based on our records, this is really tough.  It’s not to say anything about Washington State because they’re a great team.”


Sophomore Guard Mustafa Shakur:

“We definitely didn’t do a good job.  We didn’t do what coach told us.”


“We gave him (Thomas Kelati) a lot of good looks.  He lit it up.”


“We weren’t ready as a team.  I can’t pinpoint it, but just weren’t ready.”


“I thought we were going to pull away at the beginning of the second half, but we’d miss a hot or foul and they would come back and score.”


“We still didn’t come out with any intensity as a team.  We weren’t tough as a whole.”


“Coach told us to try and get the ball into Channing (Frye).  We needed to be patient and stay focused.”


“We’ll go back to practice and stay focused.  We need to come focused for every game.  Coach told us to buckle down and play defense like we are supposed to.  As a team, we failed.  We need to have everyone on their man.”


Senior Guard Salim Stoudamire:

“I just feel that we didn’t make any shots tonight.  We just couldn’t make anything in the last two minutes and that’s why lost.”


“I’m only going to say so much so that I don’t regret anything later.”


Sophomore Forward Ivan Radenovic


“This is very hard after the big win. We have to keep our heads up and work harder and win the next two at home.”


“Everybody is going to come in here to beat Arizona and try to take a piece of us. We just have to play harder.”


“We made mistakes on defense. It was little things. The little things added up to make it a big problem. It’s really hard to explain the emotion right now.”



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