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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 12/28/2004
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Release: 12/29/2004
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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes

 

“We played good, solid defense. We got a deep defensive effort off the bench. It’s obvious why we’re getting better. We’re quick and we work hard.”

 

“We did a very nice job with pretty much everything. One problem area was offensive fouls. Hopefully we can eliminate that.”

 

“We had 15 steals. We’re getting better at anticipating passes. When your front lines are getting the steals it’s a good indication that we’re anticipating plays better. Our quickness was too much for Eastern to handle.”

 

“We did a nice job on (Marc) Axton. He’s a shooter and we didn’t want to give him a lot of looks at threes.”

 

“Channing (Frye) did a nice job. He had a number of blocks and he challenged a lot of people. He’s doing a better job of getting down and getting a seal on his opponent.”

 

“I was concerned early with Hassan (Adams) on the perimeter. Last year he had to play on the inside a lot. But he’s getting better every game handling the ball.”

 

“Richmond is a good, solid ball club. They’re athletic and they have good size. They’ve played against good teams this year and last year as well. This will be a good test for us. There’s no better way to get ready for what’s ahead of us in the league.”

 

“The more time (the freshmen) get, the more confident they are. You can see it when they’re more confident. Jawann (McClellan) felt more confident because he got a lot of playing time in the last game. Freshmen have been starters all their lives until they come here, and it’s been tough for them.”

 

“There were some very positive things I thought from all our guys.”

 

Arizona Players’ Post game quotes

 

Junior Guard Hassan Adams:

“It was great to come out and have an all-around game like we did tonight.  It started with our defense tonight.  It was also great to come back after Christmas and play well like we did.  We will look at getting ready for Arizona State after Thursday’s game.”

 

“It will be great to play against Coach (Jerry) Wainright.  He coached me before, and he is a great guy.”

 

“Our defense is great right now.  We got a lot of steals.  As long as we play together, it pays off.”

 

“It is great to get everyone the ball like we did tonight.  If it comes down to foul trouble, then everyone is ready to play.  I don’t have a problem with the way Coach (Olson) is distributing minutes.”

 

Junior Forward Isaiah Fox:

“We played a solid defensive game.  No matter who is out there, we were all playing really well.  Our offense was pretty good tonight.  Everyone played hard, and we played together.”

 

“No matter who we play, they are going to play hard against us.  We always have to come out ready to play.”

 

“I think we are doing a good job, but we can improve in all aspects.  It is good to have every guy out there.  It is easier on our starters, and it gets the bench ready to play.”

 

“(Eastern Washington) played well.  They are not as big as us, but they played hard.  We have to just stick with what we do and play solid team defense.”

 

Senior Center Channing Frye:

“I definitely think we need to work on the little things, especially turnovers and offensive fouls.  We need to keep up the good passing and shooting.   We just need to go out and get the job done.”

 

“I’m too tall to go out there and try to get style points.  We just go out there and have fun.  When we play good defense, it creates our offense.”

 

“We will be ready for Arizona State after we the Richmond game.  We just need to come back on turnovers better and continue to stay committed to the defense.”

 

“The bench is doing a great job.  They came in and contributed immediately.  I can’t ask much more from them.  They just need to be aggressive on the boards and hook up with their shots.”

 

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