Jan. 30, 2003
Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:
"We can't make the number of mistakes that we made with the ball. We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball, and we have to do a much better job on the offensive boards if we are going to be a good team. We just had too many mistakes."
"Stanford did a great job. Any way they could outplay us, they did. They kept their composure throughout the game. They proved that they are a solid basketball team."
"We gave up 16 second shots, and we had 19 turnovers. We can't give the other team that many additional possessions. We also need to have all five guys involved on the glass."
"At one point in the first half, we missed seven consecutive free throws. All of our players have to step up and knock down our free throws."
"We made a great run at the end, but our energy level was not there after that when it counted the most."
"Saturday's game is going to be a good game. We need to play right from the start of the ball game, and we have to play with enthusiasm right from the beginning. We have to knock down our free throws, we have to take care of the ball, and we have to be more active on the glass."
Arizona Player Quotes:
Senior Jason Gardner:
"I don't think we were ready mentally. We had lots of turnovers and missed free throws. They beat us on the boards, and that was the game. Our mental preparation and our A game weren't ready. They came in wanting to win the game and that's what they did. Being intense for 40 minutes is something we've been working on all year long."
"The biggest thing was turnovers and rebounds. Any time you miss 13, 14 or 15 free throws against a good team, it's bad. The calls were going both ways. We just didn't knock them down."
"It (the game against California on Saturday) is going to be a big game for us. They are going to come in ready to play."
Freshman Chris Rodgers:
"We had a great chance. We just got off to a slow start, but that has been pretty common for us this year."
"When we made our run, we had the momentum but they made some key buckets to get back in the game."
"I try to stay mentally balanced (while on the bench) and when I get my minutes I try to help the team. They (Stanford) were playing well and we got behind. You've got to give a lot of credit to Stanford. They did a good job tonight."
Sophomore Dennis Latimore:
"The guys just weren't clicking, shots weren't falling. But Stanford played a great game. In practice, guys are gelling and shots are falling but we have trouble getting it started in the games."
"(After Arizona made its run), I knew it was still going to be tough. Stanford played great and hit their shots."
Freshman Andre Iguodala:
"We got off to a slow start and didn't get out of it."