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20070115 Arizona Postgame Quotes, 1/14/2007
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Release: 01/15/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">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></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;I think the game went just as we expected it to go. As I said before, (<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>) can get up and down the court quicker than anyone we have played. Early in the game we didn&rsquo;t do very well in transition defense, and when you look at our inability to hit threes and their ability hit that shot, one can see what made the difference in the game.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;Aaron (Brooks) made a tough shot at the end. We had two guys (<A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> and Ivan Radanovic) challenging him and he just made a great shot.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;I thought we did a good job of coming back after they hit some really good shots that got us down. We just couldn&rsquo;t close it.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;Marcus had a great game on both ends of the court and Ivan had 13 boards, but he missed some shots that he wouldn&rsquo;t normally miss.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;When you lose one at home then you have to get extra win on the road, and we have our work cut out for us next week in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Los Angeles</st1:place></st1:City>; we are going to have to play at our very best.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;(Oregon) really hurt us in the first half in the transition. We had two guys back on defense and that isn&rsquo;t enough with this team. I really felt that I had to make some changes in the front line early because we weren&rsquo;t making that transition well. When you have three point shooters like Oregon has, you are not going to stop them with two guys, the third and fourth guys need to get back and we just didn&rsquo;t do that very well.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;The quickness [of Oregon] definitely bothered [<A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A>] from beginning to end. I thought he did a much better job, however, in the second half on the transition. I thought he did a good job on (Tajuan) Porter. He kept him from using his right hand too often and he played very well in that regard.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;[At the end] we made the right decision on the shot. Ivan made read the situation correctly because his man was not on him, but double teaming Marcus and he did what he should have done, which was to throw it to Chase up high on the side line. They knocked it out of bounds, so we ran our normal ?catch-shoot&rsquo; play. Marcus didn&rsquo;t get a good shot, but he got the best one he could get in that situation.&rdquo;</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"></SPAN> </P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><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></FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">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></FONT></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a tough loss.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We&rsquo;re going to go back and look at the films to learn from tonight so this doesn&rsquo;t happen again.&rdquo;</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">On what he learned from tonight&rsquo;s game:<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>&ldquo;Every possession counts whether it&rsquo;s in the first half or the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After the game Coach Olson talked about how every possession can be a factor in the game regardless of when it is.&rdquo;</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>&ldquo;It was a very intense game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s just unfortunate we didn&rsquo;t come out on top.&rdquo;</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">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></FONT></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">On how <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> had most of the scoring for UA tonight:<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>&ldquo;For the most part our team is well-rounded.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Usually we have all five starters in double figures.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Tonight Marcus stepped up for us with a big night.&rdquo;</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>&ldquo;This just showed that these two teams are so close.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We knew the game was going to be like that.&rdquo;</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">On whether or not he has hit a wall of fatigue:<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>&ldquo;I have a little bit of fatigue setting in.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I just have to be mentally tough.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s more mental than physical.&rdquo;</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s always frustrating when you lose.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s worse when [you as an individual] don&rsquo;t play well.&rdquo;</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">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></FONT></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>&ldquo;Both teams played good enough to win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> just played better at the end.&rdquo;</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">On the frustration of a home loss:<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>&ldquo;A loss is a loss right now.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I don&rsquo;t care where we&rsquo;re playing.&rdquo;</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>&ldquo;You&rsquo;ve got to defend your home court.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s a tough schedule to do that, but if you want to be Pac-10 champs, then you&rsquo;ve got to do it.&rdquo;</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">On his relationship with Aaron Brooks:<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>&ldquo;We played against each other in high school.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I&rsquo;m happy with the way he&rsquo;s playing, just not with the result of tonight&rsquo;s game.&rdquo;</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">On the multiple runs during the game:<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s how it&rsquo;s going to be ? up and down.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We just have to separate ourselves from the pack with wins.&rdquo;</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN> </P>
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