Nov. 15, 2012
Head Coach Sean Miller Quotes
"UTEP was a great defensive team, and sometimes that has the makings for a frustrating night. We were by far not perfect. When you have 19 turnovers you're disappointed."
"We went against a physical, big team, and we were able to really hurt them on the glass. That's a credit to us, not a discredit to UTEP. "
On the rebounding
"The one thing I liked about this game was the rebounding margin. When you beat a team 35 to 15 on the glass I think that is the single difference in the game."
On improving from the game vs. Charleston Southern
"We challenged our young frontcourt players. We were disappointed in our effort against Charleston Southern and I think we responded across the board."
On Solomon Hill and Nick Johnson
"Solomon Hill played great, as did Nick Johnson. Nick is the glue guy to our team. What he does won't always show up statistically, but he's involved in so many plays and he's such an unselfish player. There will be nights where he scores more than others, but he made plays, as did Solomon. Early in the game and when UTEP went on a run, I like the way those guys responded."
On Kaleb Tarczewski
"As a team we have to do a better job of getting the ball to Kaleb [Tarczewski]. We'll get better at that but he rebounded and was a problem for UTEP. Our size, generally speaking, was a problem for them."
On getting ready for Monday
"It was a good team win. We'll take it and learn from it like we did last game. We'll get ready to play a difficult Long Beach State team that made the tournament a year ago. We'll prepare this weekend and hopefully be a bit better in all areas on Monday."
On the crowd
"It was an outstanding crowd, it reminds me of the Pac-12 crowds. To have McKale and ZonaZoo, it makes all the difference in the world to our home-court-advantage."
Arizona Player Quotes
Freshman Forward Grant Jerrett
On out-rebounding the other team:
"Last game, we didn't get a lot of rebounds and Coach Miller got on us. We wanted to go out there and show that we can rebound."
Senior Forward Solomon Hill
On all players contributing:
"Everybody can contribute and that's what makes us special. Everybody on our team is a player, so any given night anybody can be good. Other guys are going to step up, and that's how we play as a team."
On the physical play of tonight's game:
"There were a lot of fouls. We have to watch the game film and see where our mistakes were. Coach Miller asked the refs where our fouls were at. It's just certain things we have to tweak, and one big thing is fouling the shooter. It's something we have to watch film for and take seriously. We still have to be physical, but it was a different mentality tonight against a bigger team."
Does Angelo Chol get overlooked?
"He creates a mismatch for us unlike the bruiser, Kaleb. He has the behind the rim catch like Derrick [Williams] did. He's still finding his way especially with having other bigger guys with him."
On the progress of the freshmen:
"We still have another level of play to get to but we're doing a good job at setting screens. As long as were getting better after every game, that's all you can ask for."
Freshman Center Kaleb Tarczewski
On closing off UTEP's John Bohannon:
"We really focused on him the last few days in practice because we knew he was their best player. He liked to play off the post and take a few dribbles before he took the shot. We knew that if we pushed him out of the paint we would be able to get a few steals."
On staying active on the boards:
"This is a different team than last year. We have a couple of post players who can score and we're doing a great job at getting them the ball. Not one person is going to come out and get 20 points a night. We have a deep team and everybody can play."
On tonight's game compared to the last game:
"Last game was a little tough for me. The last team was small and ran zone, so it wasn't really my type of team. Today, everybody did a great job at getting the ball to the post."