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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 11/16/2005
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/17/2005
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Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:

 

“In the second half our starters were getting tired. The forwards had hardly any rebounds and we just can’t afford to have that. We got too curious with the ball in the second half, which resulted in a lot of points given up. We have to play every position as if it is a close game.”

 

“This team needs to do a much better job converting from offense to defense. There were too many times when someone would put a shot up and admire it, then not get back to guard their man.”

 

“I hope we can learn from the sloppy mistakes we had tonight. We had poor shot selection due to the 2-3 zone defense. It’s hard to get the shots you want and to penetrate to the basket. I told them that they just can’t stand around, but they have to be patient.”

 

“ Team Georgia had some good athletes. Most of them play semi-pro ball and they looked a lot more mature than we did out there. We just have to play smarter.”

 

“We have been preparing for Kansas by watching tapes of their exhibition games. We are working on a full court offense and we are also going to have to work on a lot of other things before we leave.”

 

“Practices in the next couple of days are going to be a good opportunity for us to put things in order. The Kansas offense is not that much different than our style of play, so we will have to try to anticipate what they bring.”

 

“It is becoming more apparent who we need to get in the game and when. As long as we have the coaches watching their positions, they can notice who is tired and who isn’t. As soon as a player strains to get to a ball, or their position, we can get them out and replace them with some fresh legs.”

 

 

Arizona Player Quotes

 

Senior G/F Hassan Adams

 

“It was great to be getting out there, working on the press.  It can be tiring, but we’re getting better.  It’s important to keep fresh bodies in there.”

 

“This was kind of like Hawaii for us, because we didn’t have time to prepare because we had no film on them.  It’s just like Maui, because we’re going to play three games in a row, and there won’t be time to prepare for each one.”

 

“[Playing in the Maui Invitatational] is great tourney and atmosphere.  That’s why you come to Arizona, because you can play great teams like that.  We just want to go out next week and play our game, and not worry about anything like rankings.”

 

Junior G Mustafa Shakur

 

“We didn’t play our best game tonight.  We need to keep the same defensive intensity no matter who’s on the floor.”

 

“We always start out the year pressing , but it’s something we usually stop as we go later in the year.  It can wear us out throughout the season.”

 

On Lute Olson subbing five players at a time:

 

“It’s fine.  Coach [Olson] is still trying to evaluate the players.  It’s rare for Lute to sub five at a time like that consistently.  I think [it can be attributed] to player evaluation.”

 

Freshman G/F Marcus Williams

 

“[The press and defensive intensity] is extremely important.  We need to get the game tempo into our favor with running and pressing.  It creates easy baskets for us, which help win games.”

 

“[Hassan Adams] is great, an All-American.  Usually, when you hear stuff like that it’s hype, but it’s all real with him.  I’m glad we have good senior leadership, especially at my position.  He’s great to go up against in practice every day.”

 

Senior F Isaiah Fox

 

“Coach was mad about our effort, especially in the second half. We didn’t continue to play defense in the second half. I think it was because both teams wanted to get up and down the court. Coach was mad that we didn’t keep our focus and effort defensively.”

 

“I think we did a good job overall. There are definitely some things we can improve on, but we’re on the right track.”

 

Senior G Chris Rodgers

 

“I was able to score, but I was happy with my assists and rebounds. It’s easy to score and this team is going to score. I just need to play a good all-around game. That’s what will help this team win.”

 

On shooting the three: “It’s about getting my feet set and getting more opportunities. My teammates are more confident in me. The guards made good passes and the post players did a nice job of setting screens.

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