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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 12/17/2006
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Release: 12/18/2006
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Head Coach Lute Olson

“I thought we played very well as a team. You can see the athleticism and the quickness we were facing. We tried playing both zone and man-to-man defense, but they were just too quick for us to handle in the man-to-man, so we ended up matching up zone for most of the game. I thought we did a good job with that [playing zone defense]. This is a great three-point shooting team that shot thirty percent in the first half and twenty-eight in the second. The guys did a great job communicating and adjusting.”

 

“I thought Jordan Hill came in and did a great job, getting four points and six rebounds in fifteen minutes. He also took a charge and challenged a number of shots. We need to get him as much time as we can, but it’s difficult when you play a team with that kind of quickness to get your big guys in. I wanted to get Mohammed [Tangara] in because he’s been practicing very well.”

 

“Mustafa [Shakur] played really, really well. It’s very encouraging from our end of it to see the kind of production he’s been having. He’s a hard worker and a real team guy.”

 

“The crowd was great tonight. I wasn’t sure what to expect at 10 o’clock on a Sunday night, but they were enthusiastic and really into the game.”

 

“I said before this year started that this team was going to have great chemistry because they really enjoy playing with one another. I really feel that they enjoy making the right pass rather than scoring the bucket.”

 

 

 

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Arizona senior guard Mustafa Shakur

 

“We were a little bit careless with the basketball. We can’t play like that against some of the better teams we are going to face. But, I think we made up for that in other areas. We rebounded well and played good defense. We didn’t let it [turning the ball over] affect the way we played.”

 

On his fast-break assist to Marcus Williams, which he passed off the backboard:

“Last game, against San Diego State, we had a similar play and I told Marcus, ?'next time, if you’re behind me I am just going to throw it off the glass.’ He just knew what I was going to do it.”

 

Arizona freshman forward Chase Budinger

 

On the team’s chemistry:

“We don’t have any selfish players. Our unselfishness leads to everyone scoring and rebounding. It doesn’t depend on one person.”

 

On Houston’s up-tempo style of play:

“We knew they were going to bring the ball down and shoot a lot of threes and that there were going to be a lot of long rebounds we would have to get. I think we kept playing hard on defense and rebounding and started to wear them down a bit. Their three’s were coming up short in the second half.”

 

Arizona junior guard Jawann McClellan

 

On the team’s chemistry:

“We trust one another. Everyone does a great job. There is not one particular player that does everything. We all help each other out.”

 

On the schedule over the holidays:

“I’m not looking forward to going home (for winter break). I’m just looking forward to a big game on Wednesday (against Memphis). We know that games like that mean a lot for our RPI and seeding at the end of the year.”

 

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