Jan. 28, 2010
Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller
"We'll take this win. It wasn't pretty, but I really attribute it to the fans and their energy. They are really the reason for the win. I was pretty disappointed by some of the play early in the first half. We had some great opportunities to come out, revved up from the crowd and we missed out. Obviously we are playing better, three or four weeks ago we wouldn't have been able to win a game like this, shooting the way we did. Stanford did a very good job at times to make us miss, but shooting 33 percent and winning is hard to do."
"We had nineteen offensive rebounds, and a month ago we would have only gotten four or five. We did a very good job on the boards, and that definitely helped us get the win."
"It was exceptionally difficult to get a handle on Landry (Fields) and Jeremy (Green). They are exceptional players, and for Landry, there were no easy solutions. Had we gone into overtime, he would have easily hit forty points. Green also got hot late, and hit some good, contested threes to give Stanford a chance."
"It's an interesting stat that is hidden in the books that most of the offensive rebounds usually have fouls attached. I don't know how many points we would have scored had we not had all these second chances. Defense definitely won this game for us."
"We don't do very well in special situations. It's something we are working on, but especially down the stretch, we didn't play smoothly. It was very shaky, and we need to work harder to get better."
"Brendon's three points were very timely. The ones he hit in the first half we taken at a time where we didn't have a lot of confidence in our shooting. I have to say that he is one of our most consistent shooters, and our best in practice on a daily basis. It's good to see all that hard work translating into a game. MoMo is also doing a lot better in his passing, and some of his feeds led to Brendan's threes. I still find it hard to believe that he passed to Stanford on that last inbound though."
"Sunday is going to be a huge game, and I think it's a great opportunity for us. Three wins in a row is a good step forward for us. We didn't get complacent after the road game, and I know that we will put what we have learned for the game against Cal."
Arizona Player Quotes
Senior Guard Nic Wise
On closing out the game:
"That's something we haven't been doing, getting stops and knocking down free throws. We usually allow easy lay-ups and miss some free throws on our end, but it's something we've been working on in practice."
On being in second place in the Pac-10 eight games in:
"It means a lot. We knew we could be here, with the tough non-conference schedule, top five in the country, we knew it would catch up with us. It's been key for helping our freshman grow up."
On this game against Stanford vs. others in his career:
"It's up there, considering our youth, this game was to push us past them into second in the Pac-10, and now we've got a big game Sunday that could be for first in the conference, so this game was big for us."
On his relationship with Cal guard Jerome Randle:
"Yeah, we're cool, but it's just our competitive nature out there. When you get on the court you just want to win."
Freshman Forward Derrick Williams
On his four consecutive 20 point games:
"Just making free throws, early in the season I was going 3 for 6, or 5 for 10, so those extra five points bring me to 20 because I average 15."
Sophomore Guard Kyle Fogg
On becoming more of a "slasher," and looking for more shots:
"I've just been trying to score the ball more to take some pressure off Nic (Wise) and Derrick (Williams). We're consistently getting four guys in double figures, and that's hard to scout."
On the play of Stanford's Landry Fields and Jeremy Green:
"They're great players. One shot I could have sworn my hard was in Green's face, and there's no way he could have seen the basket, and somehow it went in. Good players are going to make shots."
On the potential assignment of Cal's Jerome Randle:
"He's a great player. You just have to try your best to slow him down; I'll try to use my length to stop him. He's one of the quickest players in the country and he can shoot from anywhere, so it's tough to guard him."