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Arizona Men's Basketball Postgame Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 13, 2003
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Feb. 13, 2003

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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes

"We had a great second half. We came out in the second with great intensity and enthusiasm. We made a lot of things happen as a result of playing good defense. We scored a lot of points off of their turnovers, and we did a great job of not letting them run their offense."

"We needed to take care of the ball, and we finally had a game where we had single-digit turnovers. We also limited them to eight offensive rebounds, and we did a really good job of not giving them very many second-chance shots."

"Andre Iguodala did a really good job off the bench. He is getting better and better every day. His shot looks really good, and he is getting his shot off a lot quicker. He is making plays, and it was great to see him do the job that he did for us tonight."

"We ended up with 12 players who had minutes and scored. It was good that we were able to get a lot of guys in there and get them some quality time."

Arizona Player Quotes

Senior Jason Gardner:
"I thought we played very well tonight. In the first half, we didn't play as well, but in the second half we did play very well. We moved the ball a little bit better in the second half. It's a big confidence booster. Lots of guys got into the game. You saw us having fun out there and guys having fun on the bench. We play better when we're having fun."

"The biggest thing was in the second half we came out with a lot of energy. I think (Steve) Lavin is a good coach. I don't know what the problem is (for UCLA). I'm not in their locker room. They've got a few games left before the end of the season so maybe they'll get it going. I think they will."

Senior Luke Walton:
"This shows how talented this team is and how good we can be."

"We were denying passes all the way up the court. I definitely think our defense was key."

"I know they are a great team. When we play like we're capable of and play defense like we did tonight, we can do that to a lot of teams around the country."

"(This game) is really big because we've been struggling. We've been winning games, but we haven't been playing as well as we should. This will help us down the stretch and into the tournaments."

On Jason Ranne and Fil Torres:
"They do all the same work we do, but they don't get any of the glory. It's fun to see them get in there and play well."

"(Andre Iguodala) is going to be one of the best players to ever come out of Arizona by the time he is done here."

Freshman Chris Rodgers:
"We got up early in the second half and just opened it up. You're always going to play better when you're up by so many points."

"This whole week, we've had some intense practices and some tough practices. That really helped us in the game."

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