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20070125 Arizona Postgame Quotes, 1/24/2007
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Release: 01/25/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">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 <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 class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;Marcus is out of tonight&rsquo;s game because of a violation of a team rule.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He will be back on Saturday.&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=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A> stepping in for Williams<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;Tonight was a great opportunity for <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A> to get a start.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He got a lot of minutes and I&rsquo;m sure gain a lot of confidence, so that was great.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;I have said this from the start, he is going to be a really, really good player.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He has only played two years of high school ball, so he has a lot to learn. But the thing is that the guy is like a sponge.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Everyday in practice, there is never a case where you are talking about something and you look at him and he is not right there with you.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He has a great work ethic, great personality, and the guys love him.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;I think this game will help him a great deal with confidence.&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 Jawann McClennan<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;It was good to see Jawann get his touch back on his three&rsquo;s.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;We had a good talk and I just told him that ?hey, you are a shooter, just keep shooting.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The only way that you are going to mess your shot up is if you think too much about it. If you catch the ball ready to shoot it, if the shot is there, shoot it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If it&rsquo;s not there, pass it.&rsquo;&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;He was like a baseball player that was in a slump.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The one thing you can&rsquo;t do when you are a shooter is start thinking about whether you are going to make the shot or not.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It is just like a man at the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If you have any doubt in your mind that you are going to hit the free throw, you are probably not going to.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;We had a good talk and I just told him, ?we need you.&rsquo;<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He has a great shot.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He shot the ball with a lot of confidence I think.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;We did not have him practice the either day.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We had him go through just a couple of things yesterday on the adjustments.&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=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A><o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;Mustafa did a great job providing leadership.&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 team&rsquo;s defense<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;I thought the defense was great.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Our guys did a great job, particularly with <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A> in the middle of that zone.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;Coming into the game, we were trying to keep the ball out of (Jeff) Pendergraph&rsquo;s hands.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It has been hard for teams to do that and I think that both of his field goals were offensive rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He did not get many touches.&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=68650"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68650">Mohamed Tangara</A></A><o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;He has always said that he is going to keep working until he gets his chance.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I thought he did a great job.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;He caught an elbow in the head.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He is over at UMC right now getting an MRI and we won&rsquo;t know what his status is until tomorrow.&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=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A><o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;Chase had a really good all-around game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The things that we have been telling him now are that he is no longer a freshman.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We want him to be aggressive, because good things happen when the ball is in his hands.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;I thought his all-around game was excellent.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He had five of our 11 offensive rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He really did a nice job with pursuing the ball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I thought he played really aggressive, and much more aggressive defensively too.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was the case where he was out on that shooter quickly and really did a solid job.&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">Lute&rsquo;s thoughts about the crowd<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;The crowd was great.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We will need that to continue for the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:State></st1:place> 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 the play of ASU<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;I thought that they stayed very patient to get the open shot.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They had a hard time getting it, to the point where a lot of times the clock was running out or getting ready to run out.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;I thought Coach Herb Sendek made two really good adjustments at half time.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We had been tearing that 1-2-2 zone up and killing them in the corners and they were having a hard time covering that.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But he switched to a 2-3 zone in the second half so that he could get better baseline coverage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Then it was a matter of our getting our wing&rsquo;s into the gaps instead of in the corner and getting <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> up in the high post area. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Then, they sort of threw out the zone offense they tried to run in the first half and got Serge Angounou up in the high post.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That created a problem for us for awhile.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s difficult when you struggle with the shots the way they are.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But I&rsquo;ve been impressed with their recruiting.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I think it is just a matter of time, he has a good class coming in next year.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> </P> <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"><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"><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"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">On what happened last year at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State>:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;That was last year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This year is a different year ? a different team and a different year.&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 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;With him starting it gave him a boost in confidence and he played well.&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 kinda did [know <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> would not play tonight].<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We were fortunate to have a guy like <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Jordan</st1:place></st1:country-region> to emerge for us tonight.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;After the game I told Ivan [Radenovic] and Daniel [Dillon] that we did a great job of moving the ball, and we need to keep that going 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"><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;<st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State> is going to be a tough game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They have a ton of athletes and each guy on their team is a great player.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Our mentality has to be that it is going to be a tough 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;<st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Jordan</st1:place></st1:country-region> did a heck of a job.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He played with a lot of intensity, did a good job on the defensive end and on the offensive end he dunked 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">&ldquo;I still think I can improve [my shooting].<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I know I had some shots tonight that I should have made.&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=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</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;Tonight I played hard.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Played better and good defense.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I need to play better defense.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:State></st1:place> is a good team and we need to come out strong.&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; mso-outline-level: 1">&ldquo;Coach [Olson] told me that if I had an open look to shoot 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"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">On <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s team defense:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;We focused on that all week tried to over play [ASU].<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We had some lapses, but played well for the most part.&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 facing <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State><o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;We can&rsquo;t let what they have on their chest affect us.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We have <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> on our chest, and we just have to come out and execute on Saturday.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> </P>
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