Jan. 15, 2011
Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller
"It was a great win, especially with the rivalry. Arizona State has gone through a lot this season, especially from injuries. When you take out Lockett, and McMillian, who is a solid guard, then ASU is not the same team as they were today with everyone back and healthy. They're definitely tough to beat physically, and we didn't have a lot of answers on defense. ASU shot 52 percent, and had only nine turnovers. On our part, it was our rebounding and offense that helped us more than the stops. They hit six threes in the first half, which I think is a season high. In the second half they didn't hit any, so we did better defending them from three, but they have plenty of people who can shoot."
"Rebounding was big for us tonight; we had 35 to their 21. We had 14 offensive rebounds, to their four, and that's something we're trying to instill with the team. Some days we do that better than others. Free throws and offensive rebounds were big for us tonight, and did a lot to negate Arizona State's 52 percent shooting."
"It's not easy to get Derrick (Williams) the ball, even if it is the obvious answer. Every team has their strategy to defend him. Arizona State trapped him in the post when he got the ball, and he realized that he has to be more clever and move around. We didn't have as much of a problem after the first six minutes of the game. When Derrick has the ball, good things start to happen. In the first five conference games, he has been instrumental, and today he was definitely the best on the court. From day one his freshman year, Derrick has been working hard, in the spring, summer, and fall, and its easy to see how strong he is and why he is so successful."
"It may be early in January, but these upcoming games are going to be crucial, starting with playing Washington in Seattle this week. We are going to have to be our best, and this trip will prove a lot to do with us being able to do that."
Arizona Player Quotes
On ASU's defense:
"It was different they had five different guys. It worked the first five minutes. I wasn't being as active as I should have, but as soon as I got active it didn't really work anymore."
On getting to the free throw line:
"I've always done that. 15-16 free throws is nothing to me. It's just my teammates finding me. When I get collapsed on I have to kick it out. We have great shooters on this team. Today, Jesse (Perry) was cutting to the baselines, getting open, and I could find him."
On having a couple days off:
"Just getting the extra day or two off helped everyone get their legs back. We had a very active two weeks with practice and lifting weights. Those couple days off helped us be more fresh today."
On making and-ones:
"I just think it's the easiest way to get more points as long as I make the bucket. I only have to make one free throw instead of two. Not that free throws were a problem tonight, but some nights are different."
On the game:
"My energy level is all thanks to my teammates. I feed off them. I'm coming off two tough games at Cal and Stanford, but I thought I played well today."
On Arizona State's defense:
"Our defense wears them down. They switched to man, which we have never seen from Arizona State. I think home court is a special place. The crowd was different, coach was different. You never want to lose at home."
On preparation for conference play:
"We really pushed over the summer. Pac-10 play shows how much work we have put in. To tell you the truth we are ready for both defenses. Some teams play zone when they are accustomed to playing man and some teams stick to their guns and play man. Whatever they do we have to counteract it."