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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 11/22/2006
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/23/2006
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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson

 

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“I thought Mustafa played really well tonight. He had six assists and no turnovers. The thing he is really doing well is that he is attacking the defense so well. He seems to be more and more under control and comfortable with what he is doing.”

 

“Our balance was the key tonight. You can see we had all five guys (starters) in double-figures (scoring). Marcus Williams had eight rebounds, Chase Budinger had eight, Ivan Radenovic and Jawann McClellan had nine boards. Not only did we have balanced scoring, but we were balanced on the boards, too.”

 

On Fendi Onobun:

“He can get to the glass. When he does, he is very valuable for us. That’s the biggest thing with him. He has a nice shooting touch, too. He can hit the 15-17-footer as well as anyone. He is very strong and physical. He showed tonight he can take the ball to the hole. That’s what we need out of him more consistently.”

 

Postgame Press Conference Quotes:

 

“We had good balance both in points and rebounding. It was really good to see the way we rebounded. It’s really important to us. We had all four guys involved on that glass that need to be involved. Mustafa has the defensive balance, so he won’t get a lot of rebounds.”

 

On the status of sophomore guard J.P. Prince:

“It’s a personal matter, which I won’t comment on. That is all I am going to say.”

 

On the team’s defensive effort:

“I thought we displayed good patience. We did not give them a lot of opportunities for back-doors. We gave them some, but they are going to get some against pretty much anybody.”

 

On the play of freshman guard Nic Wise:

“Nic played well. A couple of his threes went half-way in and then back out. He really shoots the ball well. We’re trying to get him some more minutes to help him gain more confidence.”

 

On the team’s improvement defensively:

“We’re getting there. We scrambled better tonight when we had to help. We did a better job scrambling to the open man. When he ( a driver) penetrates and passes it to an open guy, we need to force that one more pass. We need to utilize our quickness and get out to the pass receiver. We were more active than before.

 

On showing multiple defensive looks in the first half:

“We kept them off balance by switching from zone to man. In the first half, I think we played three different defenses. Sometimes that change up can keep a team out of rhythm.”

 

On Arizona’s athleticism advantage:

“I think it’s important (to use its athleticism as an advantage). Anytime a team can shoot well, they are dangerous. It’s good to get the crowd involved. Any team that comes in here is in a bit of trouble. The longer you let them stay in the game, the more confident they can get. We’ve done a nice job of getting good leads on all three teams (this year at home.”

 

“Marcus was more active on the glass, as was Jawann. The good thing with him was that he was active one the defensive glass, too. He attacks so much on the offensive end, but he attacked more on the defensive boards tonight.”

 

On Samford’s McKale Center record 43 three-point field goal attempts:

“We wanted them to have to hit the three, with some of their guys. Some of their guys we didn’t want that, like (Randall) Gulina. The emphasis with him was to make him put the ball down. He got 10 attempts (made five) tonight. Sometimes we stood off. When you have a guy like him, you have to make him put it down and use your quickness.”

 

On the slow-down style of play by Samford:

“They aren’t a fun team to play. It’s like going to the dentist, a bad dentist.”

 

On the slow-down style of play by Samford:

“We play teams like this because we have teams like this in our league. We have to learn defensive patience.”

 

 

Arizona Student-Athlete Quotes

 

Freshman Forward Chase Budinger

“We’ve been jumping out of the gates fast all year, that continued tonight.”

 

“They were matching up in a zone defense. So when our guards got into the paint it gave everyone else open shots.”

 

Looking forward to UNLV

“We’re going to keep working on defense... that and rebounding. Those are two big things for us right now,”

 

Junior Guard Jawann McClellan

“We played defense in the second half as if the score was 0-0. We need to keep that kind of effort up.”

 

“We have a tough schedule coming up. So we have to bring it every game, just like we had to bring it tonight.”

 

On teammate Mustafa Shakur

“To me, he is one of the best point guards in the country. Especially considering all of the criticism he’s taken.”

 

 

Senior Guard Mustafa Shakur

“Every night I’m looking to put the ball on the floor and get my teammates the ball.”

 

Sophomore Guard Marcus Williams

“We have so many athletes on this team. I honestly don’t think anyone’s going to want to run with us.”

 

“We have got to focus on defense... Make sure we get everyone on the other team out of their comfort zone.”

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