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20070126 Lute Olson Press Conference Quotes(64)
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Release: 01/26/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;With the health of our team <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68641"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68641">Bret Brielmaier</A></A>, provided there is no change in the practice schedule today, will play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;ll give us an additional rotation opportunity inside.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With his strength and physical nature, he&rsquo;ll be a lot of help to us inside on (<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tyler</st1:place></st1:City>) Hansbrough because of Hansbrough&rsquo;s strength.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;<A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648">Jawann McClellan</A></A> was held out of practice yesterday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Today he&rsquo;ll do only the stuff we&rsquo;re doing in preparation for playing against <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Carolina</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The problems they create are many.&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:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State>) gets the ball down the court very quickly.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s almost like playing <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>, in terms of the quickness they get it down the court.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s on made baskets as well as on regular fast break opportunities.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s going to be imperative that we get back quickly and get people picked up.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They shoot the ball very well like <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> does.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The difference is that they&rsquo;re much more physical on the inside they have Hansbrough, which is a given but Brandon Wright has to be one of the top freshmen in the country.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s long, nice shooting touch, very good jumper.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They have good depth.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They can go nine, 10 deep or sometimes beyond that.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That will create a challenge.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With the game on CBS it means the timeouts will be longer, so I don&rsquo;t think conditioning will be as big a factor as it is when Fox is doing the games.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll start with our regular starting lineup.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Obviously, the way Jordan (Hill) played the other night he&rsquo;s going to get an early look.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We&rsquo;ll see how Bret does.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Condition wise ? he&rsquo;s worked really hard, but the treadmill or bicycle is different from playing in the game situation.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I&rsquo;m sure we&rsquo;ll be able to get a few minutes at a time there.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Jawann&rsquo;s knee responded very well from the game to yesterday so that&rsquo;s encouraging that it&rsquo;s not becoming more of a problem.&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:State w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:State>&rsquo;s depth versus <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;Anything if you go that deep I think it disrupts the continuity of the guys that are playing.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I would think because they&rsquo;ve been doing it from the beginning, the guys have adjusted to 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;They&rsquo;ll come off the bench with a couple of really good shooters, so we know they&rsquo;re going to see time.&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 preparing for Hansbrough and Wright:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;We may have emphasized some things, but it&rsquo;s not a case of changing what we&rsquo;ve taught them fundamentally from the start of the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Yesterday and today we&rsquo;ll work on specific things that they do that we need to be aware of.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s not new, it&rsquo;s just a concentration on the things we feel we need to do against them.&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 Tyler Hansbrough&rsquo;s game:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;He&rsquo;s a load.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He takes up a lot of space.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He posts up well ? runs the court really well, draws a lot of fouls.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;ll give you a fake and then if you react at all he jumps in and through you.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s true with all their big guys.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Obviously, it&rsquo;s something that&rsquo;s taught and taught very well.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He goes to the line a lot.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It isn&rsquo;t very often you see him in foul trouble.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He plays very intelligently.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He plays good defense but he&rsquo;s not somebody you see reaching in there and doing things that aren&rsquo;t fundamentally sound for a big guy.&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">Do the differing offensive styles of Hansbrough and Wright present a challenge?<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;Not really.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They compliment one another really well.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>From the standpoint of defending, it&rsquo;s not as much of a problem other than they&rsquo;re two very talented players.&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 benefit of <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> being fresh for the game:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;He certainly should be (rested).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Marcus is a really well conditioned athlete.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He works really hard at his conditioning.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>From the start of the year, he&rsquo;s usually the guy who beats everybody in sprints and takes a lot of pride in that.&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 ramifications for postseason play:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s a big game for both of us in terms of the national recognition.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s the game of the day tomorrow.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I would think it&rsquo;s important to both conferences.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The ACC, as I understand, is rated number one and the Pac-10 number two ? at least by one publication I saw.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I don&rsquo;t know if that&rsquo;s true for all of them or not.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s an important thing for both conferences.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;We like the arrangement that we&rsquo;ve had the last few years with an ACC team on the road and at home.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It gives you a better idea...<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Then again you didn&rsquo;t hear a great deal about us beating <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Virginia</st1:place></st1:State> by 30.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That got forgotten pretty quickly, but the one people remembered was the loss at <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Carolina</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Through the years we&rsquo;ve played well against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Our guys are really excited about the game, and I&rsquo;m sure <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Roy</st1:place></st1:City>&rsquo;s guys are too.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Good teams like to play good teams.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;Roy and I don&rsquo;t really talk about the games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>When we&rsquo;re recruiting, if there&rsquo;s an opportunity to have dinner we do, but I don&rsquo;t really recall discussing games other than his one time talking about (Salim) Stoudamire.&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 <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A>&rsquo; reaction to his suspension:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;He took the suspension like a man and knew why.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There was never any question about it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He handled it in a very mature 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;It could be a possibility that if we bring Jawann out, Marcus can move to a wing.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It gives us more flexibility.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If it&rsquo;s a defensive thing on the perimeter we&rsquo;re concerned about, Daniel (Dillon) is usually the guy we bring in.&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 Mohammed Tangara&rsquo;s ability to emulate Tyler Hansbrough:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;We work on those type of things every day.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>What we&rsquo;ve done with this is we have Fendi (Onobun), who&rsquo;s a left-hander, for Brandon Wright.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We have <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39544"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39544">Kirk Walters</A></A> working in Hansbrough&rsquo;s spot.&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 Tangara&rsquo;s timetable for a return:<o:p></o:p></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;He&rsquo;s having surgery as we speak.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s not a case of if he&rsquo;ll have to wear a mask.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s the biggest thing one would have to get used to.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The titanium they put in there is a lot stronger than your skull is.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I don&rsquo;t know how long it will take.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s up in the air.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&ldquo;He told (trainer) Justin (Kokoskie) just give me some medicine.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It&rsquo;s a shame because he&rsquo;s been so patient waiting to get in and he really played well.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I was worried because the first word that I had was a little scary to compared to what the MRI showed.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He will be on the bench tomorrow.</P>
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