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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 11/28/2006
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 29, 2006
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Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:


“There were a couple of things that I thought were positive about this game (and) that was our defense and rebounding. We were concerned about or defense and I think we are making progress there. I thought we did a nice job on defense tonight and made it hard for them to get a lot of good shots off.”


“Overall I thought we had good pressure on the basketball and did a good job of containing drivers once they made a move. I thought we did a much better job of taking away the position without reaching and letting him off-the-hook with a foul. I think our rebounding is getting much better as well because we have guys going aggressively after the ball. There were several instances tonight where our guys were not in the position to get the ball but they still hustled to get a hand on it and in turn someone else could use their quickness to take it away.”


“Marcus (Williams) and Chase Budinger getting 20 points on the board apiece was really nice to see. Ivan Radanovic played really well and on top of that Mustafa (Shakur) played really well with 11 assists. Defensively, (Mustafa) gets into people and really does a nice job of running his team on both ends.”


“In the first half we had 10 turnovers, which is way too many, and the second half we only had four. I told the guys that we need to make sure that the ball handlers are the ones doing the handling. When they were not handling (the ball), that’s when we started committing a lot of unnecessary turnovers.”


“The guys did a nice job moving the ball, I told them that any time Ivan is open to get him the pass because he does a nice job finding the openings and getting the good shots.”


“Marcus needs to pay close attention because he has had a bad habit of shooting the ball and falling away from it. Tonight he stayed with his shot and had a nice follow through.”


Arizona Player Quotes


Senior Guard Mustafa Shakur


“I love it.  I have the ball in my hands a lot and with the players we have it makes my job easy.  It’s just great.”


“The biggest thing is our defense.  We stepped it up in the second half, and we need to do that [from the beginning of the game].”



Freshman Forward Chase Budinger


“Early in the game, we were not hitting our shots and a couple of turnovers hurt us, and UNLV was hitting the offensive boards.  In the second half, we stepped up our D and got up and down in transition.”


“UNLV was very athletic and had big guys that were very physical.  That’s how it’s going to be [for the rest of the year], and it’s only going to get tougher and tougher.”


On the play of Marcus Williams:

“He had a great game tonight.  His play really got us going.”


On facing Illinois in the next game:

“We are not going to get over-hyped.  We want to avoid what happened with Virginia and just play our game.”


Sophomore Forward Marcus Williams


“We want to make our opponent believe they can’t beat us from the beginning of the game.”


“Tonight, coach [Olson] emphasized that we get the ball to the post, which set us up for some easy buckets.  I think we match up well with pretty much anyone.”

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