March 2, 2002
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes
"We shot the ball really well. California just could not knock down their shots. They have some excellent three-point shooters, but even they could not find the basket. I was pleased with our effort, and this was by far our most dominating performance on the boards all year long."
"We needed to get strong pressure on them and force them to go outside. The key on defense was that we did a good job of pushing them out and making the passing lanes longer."
"We also needed to move the basketball better offensively, and we were patient to let that happen. We moved the ball and did not settle for the first look. I thought that Luke (Walton) got us off on the right track. He did a good job of getting to the open area and finding people."
"Dennis (Latimore) played with a lot of confidence. He goes to the boards hard, and he did a good job of going after the ball. That is going to make a huge difference as we go along. Will (Bynum) definitely got some confidence, and it was great to see those two come off the bench and do a solid job for us."
"This is a very together group of young people. The key is that they stick together, and they are very supportive of one another. We played ASU fairly recently, so we will have a quick review to prepare for the game. As for the tournament, if you are going to have it, this would be the year to have it because of the competition in the league. We are going to go out there and do our best."
California Head Coach Ben Braun Quotes
"I was very disappointed today, we didn't play with the kind of intensity that we have been playing with throughout the rest of the season. We were getting good looks at the basket , but our shots just weren't falling. They (Arizona) were getting good opportunities and making them."
"This is the poorest we've performed all year. We had a problem defending the three-point shot. This was a poor effort on our part. Our team can have bad nights as any team will, but we can not have poor effort."
"Our entire team played as though they were waiting and looking for the next guy to pick them up, that just can't happen."
"(Arizona) had excellent ball movement. They had players in the right spots and set good screens. They played really well today. There is no shame in losing a game to Arizona, but we were disappointed in the poor effort of our guys today. In my book there is no excuse for poor effort."