Dec. 30, 2002
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson
"There was a couple of things tonight that were nice. I'm proud of the ball control we had on offense with minimal turnovers and defensively, when we pulled it back to half court in the second half, we had them still looking for a shot with just three or four seconds left on the (shot) clock. When you look at the three-pointers (for Boston), it just isn't enough when you shoot 29-percent."
"The key to our defense tonight was Chris Rodgers. If he can create problems out in front of the play, then sparks the rest of the defense behind him."
"When you name a team like Boston or Davidson one might immediately think that they're not very strong, but these two teams we faced are very good. It's not always a big name (school) that can give you problems. Both these teams are favored to win their respective conferences."
"We did a nice job of rebounding tonight. On the offensive boards we need to do a better job of knowing our team. When a player comes off a screen, you should anticipate the shot and move in for the rebound. We need to get better at recognizing that."
"We'll know more tomorrow (about Luke Walton's ankle injury). There's too much swelling in it right now to know for sure. It's a problem for us (losing Walton), but someone else is going to have to step up for him.
Arizona Player Quotes:
Senior Jason Gardner:
"As a whole, I thought we played well. It is good to come out and win your own tournament. We got the win and now we go into Pac-10 play. We're going in on a good note. We're looking forward to that."
"I'm pretty sure our guys are ready for Oregon. I haven't won in three years up there. The guys will be ready. This is conference play. This is what counts."
"It was frustrating (to see Luke Walton get injured). He's a big part of this team. He's one of our leaders."
"With the sophomores and freshmen, they are big-time ballplayers. For us seniors, we don't have to worry about them because we know they are going to take care of things."
"We're going to stack up pretty good (against other Pac-10 teams). We're a deep team. The biggest thing is that we're a deep team and some teams won't be able to match up with that."
On playing in Eugene, Ore.:
"It's like LSU, probably one of the toughest places to play in the country. I thought as a team we didn't play very well tonight. Luke did very well. But we need to get some more chemistry going to beat Oregon."
Sophomore Salim Stoudamire:
"We're going to go ahead and leave it all on the floor (in Oregon) for Luke. These games in the Pac-10 count. So this is a bad time for it to happen. But we've got to deal with it."
"We really haven't played as a full unit. Today was the first time and then Luke goes down. We have to make up for not having Luke and we do that by working harder."
Freshman Hassan Adams:
"We don't want to see anybody go down. He's part of our family. When one person goes down, the whole team should rise. We hope for the best and hope he comes back really soon."
"I'm not surprised (by the early success). I just want to come in and play my game and play hard. I'm glad I got it (the tournament MVP award), but I'm just out there playing hard."