Jan. 17, 2006
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson:
“With Stanford and Cal coming in, it’s probably the first time all season in the league that we will face two teams that are very strong and very physical on the inside. With the other teams that we’ve played, it has been more a case of perimeter play and the inside guys being supportive guys. You take a look at [Stanford forward Matt] Haryasz’s numbers and you look at [
“We worked out yesterday morning, early, and they lifted yesterday. We will have our regular practice situation today and tomorrow. We just worked on our things yesterday, so we’ll be doing Stanford prep today, but we’re going to focus most of our time on our own offensive efficiency. We’ve put a great emphasis on rebounding for a number of weeks, but it’s probably the case now that we have spent a lot of time on drill work and breakdown things. We’ll probably shorten the list of time on fundamentals and spend more times with full-court things. We have to have our big guys develop some confidence. It’s more about us right now than it is about who we are playing.
“J.P. [Prince] is 50-50 right now for Saturday, so we are not expecting him to be ready tomorrow night. The good news connected with it is that there was a fracture that showed up on the x-ray, but it’s an old fracture that occurred when he was in high school. The feeling initially who looked at the x-rays up north was that it was a current injury, and if that was the case it was going to be a while. That is the good news.
“Jawann [McClellan] fell heavily on his wrist and did not work out yesterday. We had an MRI, but will not get the results of that until after practice today. We won’t know his availability, but we will make that known to [Media Relations Assistant Richard Paige] when we find out what the situation is.
More on J.P. Prince’s injury:
“Anytime you have something like that, you have some ligaments, but it’s not a problem obviously. He can be 50-50 for Saturday. It’s just a bad bone bruise.”
“In looking at the tapes, if you look at the shots they got from three-[point range], they were not open shots. [
“There were a couple times where we had two guys or three guys to the ball and knocked the ball out, as a result of ourselves. If we’re going to have it be a lack of our controlling our defensive boards, I like the fact that there are two guys there to get it. With
On the parity in the Pac-10:
“We have played four of our first six [conference games] on the road, and we probably have to remind people of that. We’re 2-2 on the road, and the thing put us in this position was the loss to UCLA here, but then UCLA turns around and loses two at home. Their only two losses are at home. With
“I had hoped our inside game would have looked better [by now]. We need a big man to step up, and that’s what we’re going to try to accomplish this week. We’re going to try to get one of those guys we can count on, going in and doing a job. I’m also disappointed in our shooting percentage, but we put together a couple games of over 50 percent, then we fell back into the 40’s again. I’ve been pleased with our defensive effort and communication pretty much all the way through. Another thing about teams winning both at home and on the road, if a team gets hot and is throwing in three’s, it’s going to go down to the wire. It wasn’t a case that UCLA got a whole lot of good looks, but they knocked down some tough three’s. Our Friday the 13th lasted three days.”
On Stanford’s Matt Haryasz:
“Matt is playing great. He’s gotten better every year. Right now, he’s really playing physically, which was not a strength with him before. He’s long and active. He’s added strength to that, with a lot more confidence, and he’s really playing well. We loved him [in high school]. He was here for a few games, but the problem was our scholarship numbers. We had Channing [Frye] and Isaiah [Fox] in the process, so there was no question in my mind that he was going to be a really good player. We wouldn’t have watched him as much as we did if we didn’t feel that way, but I think he’s had a great opportunity at Stanford and has taken advantage of it.
“If we look at who is the most physical, it’s definitely Mohamed [Tangara]. He’ll go to the glass every time and defend really hard, but the problem is he’s averaging a foul for every 40 seconds [of playing time, laughs], but I think that’s improving. Kirk [Walter]’s length can create a lot of problems for people. I’m talking about when he comes on the doubling side, so it’s hard to send that pass back to where it came from. The biggest single problem is confidence, and he has none right now. We’re going to try to be patient with him and practice in game situations. There are going to be times he makes mistakes, and we’re going to have to let the mistakes ride out. We do need to find a consistent inside presence.
“Mustafa [Shakur] is doing a really good job of communicating on the court, and he’s an intense player who goes full speed every second. We need Hassan [
On Stanford F Lawrence Hill:
“He’s a good prospect. I’d say Lawrence came down here six or eight times for games, and I probably saw him play 30 times at least, counting the summers. He’s a good player.”
On Jawann McClellan’s improvement from his first games back:
“His last game, before last weekend was last March. That’s a long time. With his third foul, he’s not going to run over somebody like he did at