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Arizona Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/05/2006
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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:

 

“Hassan is playing at probably 70 percent. It’s a similar situation we had with Gilbert Arenas at the Final Four in Minneapolis. Adams got a bang on his shoulder Thursday, and he was having a hard time extending his arm. By next Thursday he should be close to 100 percent.”

 

“They did a good job of double teaming Mustafa (Shakur) on the last shot so he couldn’t get the inbounds pass which forced Hassan to be the guy to do it. At that point, under the circumstances, we would rather have had Mustafa of Marcus (Williams) take it.”

 

(On the inbounds pass) “In college you can use the back court, and I think Marcus thought he couldn’t come across half-court. But we had Hassan wide open in the corner, we just didn’t see him. We actually had all four guys on the court available for that inbounds pass: Chris (Rodgers), Marcus, Hassan, and Mustafa, who are all perimeter guys, were out there to get the ball, plus Ivan (Radenovic) who can shoot that too. Marcus wasn’t playing in his normal spot, and he didn’t use the whole back court for that inbounds.”

 

Washington did a good job switching on the screen in the high post and got a piece of (Hassan’s) shot.”

 

“Several guys got trapped in the corner. From the day they get here we tell them not to get to corners, but it’s easier to talk about it than it is to do when the pressure is on. The biggest thing on the last play was that Marcus had the whole backcourt to work with and he didn’t. But that’s going to happen I guess.”

 

“I thought both teams played really hard and well.  I thought our half court defense was great again, and that’s the reason I think we had a chance.”

 

Chris Rodgers had a great game at both ends of the court because he let shots come to him instead of looking for shots. He was three-for-three from the three point range and all three of them came as a result of penetration which we are hoping will be his defining moment, and that he can help us on both ends of the court (in the future).”

 

 

“This is the same exact record the 1997 (Championship) team had. The only thing that’s different is the ’97 team came into the Pac-10 tournament with two loses. This team plays defense well enough that they can beat anyone. If we can continue to move the ball like we did today to get a good look, we will be ok.”

 

“You don’t have to look at the stats very far to see what killed us was the free throw line. They shot 85 percent and we shot 62 or 63 percent. They out rebounded us by five, but we forced six more turnovers than they did. We were within a tenth of a point (from one another) in the field, but the thing that killed us was our shooting at the line. When you get a game with two teams as evenly matched as this, you better make you free throws if you get a chance to shoot them. They did a great job at the line and we didn’t and at the end of the game it all came down to free throws.”

 

 

 

Arizona Student-Athletes

 

Junior G Mustafa Shakur

 

On the last possession:

“It was just supposed to be a pick-n-roll and either take the shot or kick it over to the other guard. It didn’t work out very well; it was a scrambled play. It turned out with a sour ending. But it shouldn’t have come down to that, We controlled the whole game. It was ours to lose.”

 

“They played hard from start to finish. They made the plays when they had to.”

 

“We have to go to the Pac-10 Tournament with our heads up. We need to look at what we did well and fix what went wrong.”

 

“I can’t shoot 3-10 and expect us to win, especially when I missed a few of those bunnies around the basket. We still had a chance to win, but we’ve got to learn from this.”

 

Freshman F/G Marcus Williams

 

“We had them up 12 points, but they’re a good team. We figured they would make a run at us. Things just started going there way, and everyone knows, free throws hurt us. It was our game to lose.”

 

On missing two free throws with 20 seconds remaining:

“I wasn’t nervous. I just missed. I have to step up, follow through and make the shots. I wasn’t nervous.”

 

“All I can do, all the team can do, is move forward and keep our heads up.”

 

On the team’s difficulties inbounding the ball late in the game:

“There was no miscommunication. It’s just no one got open. They switched things and made plays. I thought we could have used a few timeouts since we had them left, but they made the plays.”

 

“They are a good team. We knew they were never going to lay down. At no point did we have it on our minds the game was over. All we wanted to do was have the lead at the buzzer whether it was by 30 points or two points.”

 

Senior G Hassan Adams

 

“It’s tough. We played a good game, but we couldn’t hang on. I thought we played hard, but they made the plays at the end.”

 

On the last possession:

“We were just running a pick-n-pop with Ivan [Radenovic]. They switched and I had to get a shot up.”

 

“We have run the play a lot in practice lately. It’s what Coach [Olson] called. We just didn’t get the shot we wanted.”

 

Senior G Chris Rodgers

 

“The team is really focused right now. It was a tough loss, but I have to give UW credit. They played well and made big plays at the end.”

 

“It was tough. I give them credit. At the same time, I think we’re headed in the right direction. We played good defense tonight, but we had some mental breakdowns that cost us late and we turned the ball over.”

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