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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 1/14/2007
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Release: 01/15/2007
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Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:

 

“I think the game went just as we expected it to go. As I said before, (Oregon) can get up and down the court quicker than anyone we have played. Early in the game we didn’t do very well in transition defense, and when you look at our inability to hit threes and their ability hit that shot, one can see what made the difference in the game.”

 

“Aaron (Brooks) made a tough shot at the end. We had two guys (Marcus Williams and Ivan Radanovic) challenging him and he just made a great shot.”

 

“I thought we did a good job of coming back after they hit some really good shots that got us down. We just couldn’t close it.”

 

“Marcus had a great game on both ends of the court and Ivan had 13 boards, but he missed some shots that he wouldn’t normally miss.”

 

“When you lose one at home then you have to get extra win on the road, and we have our work cut out for us next week in Los Angeles; we are going to have to play at our very best.”

 

“(Oregon) really hurt us in the first half in the transition. We had two guys back on defense and that isn’t enough with this team. I really felt that I had to make some changes in the front line early because we weren’t making that transition well. When you have three point shooters like Oregon has, you are not going to stop them with two guys, the third and fourth guys need to get back and we just didn’t do that very well.”

 

“The quickness [of Oregon] definitely bothered [Chase Budinger] from beginning to end. I thought he did a much better job, however, in the second half on the transition. I thought he did a good job on (Tajuan) Porter. He kept him from using his right hand too often and he played very well in that regard.”

 

“[At the end] we made the right decision on the shot. Ivan made read the situation correctly because his man was not on him, but double teaming Marcus and he did what he should have done, which was to throw it to Chase up high on the side line. They knocked it out of bounds, so we ran our normal ?'catch-shoot’ play. Marcus didn’t get a good shot, but he got the best one he could get in that situation.”

 

Arizona Player Quotes

 

Senior Guard Mustafa Shakur

 

“It’s a tough loss.  We’re going to go back and look at the films to learn from tonight so this doesn’t happen again.”

 

On what he learned from tonight’s game:

“Every possession counts whether it’s in the first half or the second half.  After the game Coach Olson talked about how every possession can be a factor in the game regardless of when it is.”

 

“It was a very intense game.  It’s just unfortunate we didn’t come out on top.”

 

Freshman Forward Chase Budinger

 

On how Marcus Williams had most of the scoring for UA tonight:

“For the most part our team is well-rounded.  Usually we have all five starters in double figures.  Tonight Marcus stepped up for us with a big night.”

 

“This just showed that these two teams are so close.  We knew the game was going to be like that.”

 

On whether or not he has hit a wall of fatigue:

“I have a little bit of fatigue setting in.  I just have to be mentally tough.  It’s more mental than physical.”

 

“It’s always frustrating when you lose.  It’s worse when [you as an individual] don’t play well.”

 

Sophomore Forward Marcus Williams

 

“Both teams played good enough to win.  Oregon just played better at the end.”

 

On the frustration of a home loss:

“A loss is a loss right now.  I don’t care where we’re playing.”

 

“You’ve got to defend your home court.  It’s a tough schedule to do that, but if you want to be Pac-10 champs, then you’ve got to do it.”

 

On his relationship with Aaron Brooks:

“We played against each other in high school.  I’m happy with the way he’s playing, just not with the result of tonight’s game.”

 

On the multiple runs during the game:

“That’s how it’s going to be ?- up and down.  We just have to separate ourselves from the pack with wins.”

 

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