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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 1/27/2007
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Release: 01/27/2007
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Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:

 

“I don’t know that North Carolina could have played any better and I don’t know that we could have played any worse. That’s a shame because the crowd was great, the enthusiasm was great and for us to come out and play to where we couldn’t even make it a contest is very disappointing.”

 

“I thought we had good looks at threes and it wasn’t a case of people forcing the shot until one of the last ones. But we have been such a great free-throw shooting team and in the first half we just could not get on track.”

 

North Carolina got some really great play out of their freshman with Ty Lawson being the one who really made them go; he played really well. He took care of the ball, had eight assists and four steals and came up with some big buckets ruining the fast break perfectly.”

 

“We looked at the important keys in the game as taking care of the ball, two, getting everyone involved on the glass, and thirdly, to be protective of our fouls. But Chase (Budinger) got himself two quick (fouls) and Jordan Hill played really well but we need to get him to keep his feet (on the floor on defense). I think he picked up two of his fouls for that reason.”

 

“I basically told the guys that this (game) was a nightmare and that we are not even going to look at the tapes. We are just going to get focused on the Pac-10. We played everyone (in the Pac-10) and there is no one we feel that we can’t beat, so we just need to take care of business in the conference.”

 

North Carolina is a very good and will get even better with the number of young guys that they have. They are a classy program starting with the coaching staff and their players really handle themselves well. They are the top of the heap and everyone tries to get to where they are not only in terms of their record, but with the class that they show it in. I just wish we could have made a ball game out of it.”

“Marcus (Williams) wanted to come back and give it a shot, he said he felt that he could go in. I think we played him four minutes and it was obvious that he was playing on one leg. We’ll probably hold him out of practice on Monday but he will be ready for Thursday.”

 

“It seemed like every time North Carolina looked at the basket they knocked it down. Their combination of interior players and guys that can handle the ball around the perimeter prove that there are no weaknesses (on the team). They have confident shooters and that was obvious today.”

 

“I don’t ever remember anyone playing any better against us, but then on the other hand I don’t remember us playing any worse against anybody.”

 

 

Arizona Player Quotes

Senior Guard Mustafa Shakur

“I had a lot of turnovers myself.  You can’t shoot 1 of 23 from (three-point range) and expect to be in the game.”

 

?'They played great and you can’t take anything away from them.  They shot the ball well and played together.”

 

“We definitely can still turn things around, but you can’t take any possessions off.”

 

Freshman Forward Chase Budinger

“It’s a good learning experience for us.  It’s like a March Madness game, but we can’t get excited and have so many turnovers like we did.”

 

“We had high hopes at halftime and came out with more intensity, but it wasn’t enough.”

 

Junior Forward Bret Brielmaier

Arizona is the type of program that plays the best defense.  Today we didn’t come out with intensity I thought we should have.”

 

Junior Guard Jawann McClellan

“We thought we came out ready, but I lost a lot of energy early and after the first four minutes I was tired.  A lot of us we’re tired.”

 

“(North Carolina) is a good team.  We looked at the scouting report and they had like 11 names on their.  They’re a good, deep team.”

 

“You can’t worry about it.  You have to walk out with your heads high.  North Carolina is out of our conference and we won’t play another team like that in conference.”

 

Sophomore Forward Marcus Williams

“I felt like I could be some type of distraction or something.  You could try to be a warrior for so long...”

 

“The first half we knew four of the first five possessions were turnovers.  We had some key people get into foul trouble and that’s going to affect both the players and the flow of the game.”

 

“It was the same ankle I sprained before (and it felt different today).  I felt I tweaked it and couldn’t walk.  I know I’ll be available (for Arizona’s next game).”

 

Senior Forward Ivan Radenovic

“They’re probably quicker than Oregon.  (UNC guard Ty) Lawson pushed the ball hard.”

 

“We’d make a shot and they’d have the ball down the court in three seconds.”

 

On his free throw shooting:

“I can’t explain it.  It was a lack of focus ?- maybe I was tired.”

 

On losing Marcus Williams in the first half:

“You can’t surrender.  He is obviously our best offensive player and it’s tough to win a game without his points.”

 

 

 

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