March 14, 2012
Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller Postgame Press Conference Quotes
"We really had two storylines going on for us this season. The first is that I have so much pride for our seniors. Our breaking point really came when Kevin Parrom hurt his foot up in Washington and we were getting ready for the Bay Area games. The turning point was that we were playing our best basketball of the season. Our guys had the effort, made plays, were leaders, good guys outside of the locker room, and did whatever we asked them to."
"Obviously, our second storyline was that we were hit with a lot before the ball even bounced with Kevin getting shot, but we kept fighting. Today we gave into the disappointment from the Pac-12 Tournament, right when we could have won it. It's okay for people to feel bad about not making the NCAA Tournament but we were given a big opportunity to play in the NIT, and we should have responded that way against Bucknell."
"I have to thank our fans for coming out and giving us a good crowd but we just didn't have the `juice' tonight, and we really need it because we're not going to overwhelm them with size. Tonight we just ran out of gas."
"We had some opportunities but the shots just didn't fall. We didn't have a good offensive night. Bucknell is a good defensive team, and they have a very good 5-man who will definitely play in the NBA."
"Brendon Lavender, like Jesse Perry, Kyle Fogg, Dondre Wise, and Alex Jacobson, on and off the court, are a solid group of guys, and now have the opportunity to finish up their degrees, which is great for them. Brendon was really thrust in to his role and responded well, and while he didn't have the best of nights tonight, he was really a big help this season."
"We have a very young group coming in, along with a number of experienced returners, and we'll take this spring to work on some things with the guys who are coming back but we're not there yet. We still have to meet with the departing seniors and the returners, so there is a lot going on before we prepare for next season."
Arizona Student-Athlete Postgame Quotes
Junior Forward Solomon Hill:
"Coach tried to blame himself, saying he didn't get the right guys in, or didn't call the right plays, but it wasn't that. We all had the chance, and it just didn't come down our way."
"Last year's team, I had played with since freshman year, and along with Derrick, they were a group of guys who really knew their role in order for all of us to be successful. Last year, we all knew what we had to do in order to be better and took the opportunity. Next year, I may not play forty minutes, but there will be other guys who will have the opportunity to step up. It's a privilege to play at Arizona and everyone needs to know that."
"The NIT should have been an opportunity that we looked forward to. For me, it was a chance to play with these five guys that I won't be on the court with again. Losing these guys is going to be an experience for all of us."
Senior Guard Kyle Fogg:
"It's hard; it has been a tough few days for us. To get that close and fight hard and just miss, it's tough. It was an emotionally tough and physically tough week."
"Coach Miller did a great job preparing us for this week and bringing us together but we just weren't able to get a win tonight. We knew coming into the game that they were good and that it would be a tough game. It was a tough game but we didn't expect it to end like this."
"My teammates and I had a great year. I'm proud of my career here."