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20070216 Arizona Postgame Quotes, 2/15/2007
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Release: 02/16/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1">Head Coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> Quotes</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">On USC&rsquo;s defense leading to turnovers<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;USC did a great job pressuring the ball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Obviously, the difference in the game was the turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Some of those turnovers were because of their defense, but some were just obviously our fault.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There were times when it seemed that we could not get a handle on 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 defense had a lot to do with the turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But some of the turnovers are hard to explain.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I cannot explain them and I cannot explain them because 14 of the 16 turnovers were from our most veteran players.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;There is not much I can say other than that you cannot turn the ball over 16 times and beat a good team like USC.&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 one&rsquo;s that kill you are the unforced turnovers, but I think most of the turnovers were due to good defense.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We tried to penetrate before we were free from the defense and that hurt us.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The thing we tell them is that when you are playing a good defensive team, you have to be more patient because you are not going to get that good shot off on the first three passes.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We made mistakes with the ball.&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"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">On the play of Nick Young and Lodrick Stewart<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;Offensively, we shot it well (50 percent), but we could not stop (Nick) Young and (Lodrick) Stewart.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It becomes a match up problem when they have one big guy on the court and Ivan (Radenovic) has to step out and guard somebody on the perimeter.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But yet, that is something that Ivan needs to do for us.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He has enough experience and size.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We need to be able to use him and Jordan (Hill).&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 (USC) hit some big shots.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We scored the first five possessions of the second half, but the problem was that we could not stop it on their half of the court.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Stewart hit a big time three on us and I do not think it was the case where he had a great look, but he just made the shot.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;When they needed to step up, they stepped up.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They took us off of the dribble.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>One of our main points of emphasis all the time is to keep the ball out of the middle.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>W gave up eight middle drives in the first half and eight middle drives in the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>You just cannot do that because if they get to the middle, they have too many options.&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"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">On the play of <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A><o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Jordan</st1:place></st1:country-region> did a good job of challenging shots early.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I do not know if it is because of the respiratory problem, but he did not seem like he was doing that later as he was early in 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"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">On preparing for Saturday against UCLA<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;The biggest thing for us now is to get ready for Saturday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We cannot do anything about this.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I thought the crowd was fantastic and they have been great all year long.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They could not have worked harder for us than they did tonight.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But now, we just have to take care of the basketball on the court to get a team like UCLA.&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 biggest thing is after a loss, the confidence goes down.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That is not the time that we get on them about things.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It is very simple, we just have to take better care of the basketball and we have to pay more attention mentally to the things that the other team does.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We just made mistakes.&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"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">On the play of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> as a team<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;The fact that we shot the ball well and we beat them on the glass is encouraging.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But when you lose, stats become the thing you look at.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They did a much better job defensively on the ball than we did.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They were quicker and they utilized that quickness.&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"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">On <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A><o:p></o:p></I></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;That is not like Marcus to have seven turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He usually does a good job of taking care of the ball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But when things like that happen to you, you really have to give credit on the defensive end.&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"><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;We had them down and they came right back and hit shots in our face.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>When we have the momentum we have to keep 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;USC&rsquo;s whole emphasis is on defense.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They tried to be physical with us from the start and played a lot of man-to-man.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They&rsquo;re just a better defensive team.&rdquo;</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"><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"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1">&ldquo;Chase (Budinger) got a dunk, and I thought ?okay, we can really step on their throats now.&rsquo;&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;We shot (54 percent) from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I don&rsquo;t know what else you can do shooting the ball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We just can&rsquo;t turn it over that much.&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 Saturday&rsquo;s matchup with UCLA:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a game that will get your blood flowing.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UCLA is always a big game, and great players have to step up.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There is going to be a gym full of them, so we have to see who steps 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"><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"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;After the game, Coach (Olson) didn&rsquo;t get on us too much.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He told us to keep our heads up and to cut down on the turnovers for the next 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">&ldquo;I thought we were going to win it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>USC kept fighting and hit some big shots with hands in their faces.&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;We have to do a good job of containing (UCLA on the defensive end).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They&rsquo;re going to be just like USC.&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">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"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1">&ldquo;We just have to take away the good things from this game and come out ready 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"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">On the game&rsquo;s officiating:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;Another reporter just asked me about that.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Nothing you can do about it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If the calls don&rsquo;t go your way, then they don&rsquo;t go your way.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;Without a doubt (I thought we were going to win), we were up five or seven points with three, four minutes left.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I thought it was in our grasp.&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 his four years here:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been great.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I&rsquo;ve had a lot of support here over the four years.&rdquo;</P> <P></SPAN> </P>
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