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Arizona Postgame Quotes
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Release: 03/06/2009
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March 5, 2009

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Interim head coach Russ Pennell

"Cal shot the ball really well tonight, especially the threes made late in the game. It really hurt us. I give full credit to Cal. We were unable to close the deal tonight. I wish the outcome was different, but we just have to move on now."

"They're a very difficult team to guard. Randle is probably one of the top guards in the conference, and it was hard to keep a man on him. Unfortunately, Nic was in foul trouble, and wasn't able to contribute as much. We tried some man-to-man defense, but Cal was very good on the dribble penetration, and we unfortunately gave them too many wide open looks."

On No. 43 Jordan Hill

"Jordan has been a warrior all season. He's been injured lately, but when it's an injury like his, it's better to keep playing than to keep him off his ankle and let it get stiff. He's been playing strong even deep into the game, and has been getting winded less often."

"We're going to have to go back and look at some footage, make some changes. I expect that we're going to play hard on Saturday against Stanford. We're very disappointed with the loss tonight, but we have no choice but to bounce back. It's Fendi (Onobun) and David's (Bagga) last game, and I know that the team wants to play hard and end the regular season with a win."

"No one said this was going to be easy. There is a lot of basketball left for us to play, especially with the Pac-10 tournament coming up. We're going to just have to keep fighting."

Arizona Player Quotes

Chase Budinger

"Any loss is upsetting, especially at home. I feel we are a much better team than we showed tonight. We didn't get after it. Our defense wasn't there. Those types of games are the games we really pick it up defensively, and we didn't do it tonight. We didn't get after it in the second half."

Less movement offensively:

"I think the coaches were trying to keep our legs fresh. It's a game at the end of the season, so we can all get pretty tired. He's just trying to keep our legs fresh."

Nic Wise

On the play of Jerome Randle:

"He played great. when he's shooting deep shots like that it's tough to guard him. He's quick too, so if you get too close he can get past you. He's a tough assignment."

On fouling out

"It hurt. I felt I got a couple bad calls on the offensive end. It hurts our team when I can't be in there, like we saw against Texas A&M. We get kind of discombobulated out there."

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