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20070202 Arizona Postgame Quotes, 2/1/2007
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Release: 02/02/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Head Coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> Quotes:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;(<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>) did the same kind of job they have done all year round. They spread the defense around and they can all shoot the ball and they create a lot of problems if they can hit that outside shot. In the first half we outscored them in the paint, but the problem is that they shot the ball well in every phase: 51 percent from the field, 50 percent from the three (point arc) and they did not miss a free-throw.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;As you look at it, WSU does a great job of taking care of the ball. (Kyle) Weaver had six assists and no turnovers and (Derrick) Low is a handful when he runs off of the screens. We had eight first half turnovers and two in the second half, they only had six for the game.&rdquo; </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;<A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A> did a great job, but this was a tough game for him to play in because he had to be all over the floor, and that created some problems. But he did a great job of getting back in and blocking some shots and grabbing rebounds.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;(WSU) did a great job and they finished the job by knocking their shots down. I think if there is anything that killed us it was that there were four or five shots taken that WSU either got a piece of, or we had to shoot it under intense pressure. WSU is quick and they recover very quickly.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;The other thing that we told the team all week long in preparation was that they cannot plan on driving the ball all the way to the basket because (WSU) packs everything in. They give you the opportunity to hit the outside shot, but you have to hit it.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;(The shooting) is definitely mental. We go through a practice situation and we knock shots down, but that&rsquo;s practice. It does look like Jawann (McClellan) is much more fluid in his perimeter shot, I think that is coming back to him and he&rsquo;s had less swelling in his head than he has all year long.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;What we have tried to do in a practice situation is have them shoot the open shot, sooner or later they are going to drop. So it&rsquo;s not a case of there being any negativity involved, their teammates and the staff is encouraging.&rdquo; </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;The first half we were doing what we said needed to be done, we got some good penetrations with some good dish-outs for wide open shots. The difference was that (WSU) knocked theirs down and we didn&rsquo;t.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">&ldquo;In locker room I said that you have to get your chin up in the air, we have another game on Saturday and this isn&rsquo;t something that we can dwell on because we have to get this thing turned around. It&rsquo;s what you do at the end of the year that counts.&rdquo;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"></SPAN> </P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Arizona</B></st1:place></st1:State><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> Player Quotes<o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Senior Guard <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A><o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;They&rsquo;re a good team, but at the end of the day I still feel like we&rsquo;re a better team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Not to take anything away from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, but I still feel like we&rsquo;re better than a lot of the teams we&rsquo;re losing to.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1">&ldquo;You&rsquo;ve got to bounce back.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Get your rest, come out Saturday and bounce back.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">On advice he has for teammates:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;You&rsquo;ve got to tell your teammates to keep their heads up.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I&rsquo;ll try to lead by example by keeping my head up.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1">&ldquo;I&rsquo;m happy with the way we came out, but we have to maintain that throughout the game.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Freshman Forward <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A><o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a big shock.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All of a sudden we can&rsquo;t hit shots anymore.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I can&rsquo;t say why.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There&rsquo;s no explanation.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s like a curse.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;Every game is a big game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Every game we have to win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We have to get focused for the next one.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Junior Guard <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648">Jawann McClellan</A></A><o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;We need a win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s something I thought I would never say here.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We have to come out Saturday and get it done.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;They&rsquo;re all wide open looks.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I can&rsquo;t tell you why we&rsquo;re not hitting the shots ? we hit them in practice.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Even free throws: if we hit some free throws then we aren&rsquo;t talking about losing this game.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s like the &rsquo;97 team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They went into the tourney with five (Pac-10) losses.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I don&rsquo;t even compare this team to last year&rsquo;s team.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Sophomore Forward <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A><o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">&ldquo;The only choice you have is to move forward and realize there are still games left to be played.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>You play to improve your seed (in the NCAA Tournament).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>You play for pride.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>You&rsquo;ve got to have a reason to get up every night.&rdquo;</SPAN></SPAN></P>
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