Jan. 7, 2011
Head Coach Sean Miller
"First, Cal did a fantastic job coming in here. To me, it was a tale of two halves. [Cal guard] Allen Crabbe had 15 points and he averages eight. We talked at the half about doing a better job on him."
"I wouldn't be paying attention if I didn't say Derrick Williams had 22 free throw attempts. He's one of the best players in the country at doing that. We talk about how humble he is, and he's a great kid. Keep in mind, he hasn't played a lot of college basketball games. He made big, big plays for us tonight."
"It's awfully nice to learn lessons in a game that you win, and to be 1-0 at home (in Pac-10 play)."
"Our crowd was ferocious, as always."
"We did a good job (at limiting Cal's three-point attempts in the second half). The 12 field goals they made were right on the block. Any room for error (in post play), we don't have."
"At the beginning of the second half, we played hard but fouled five times in the first few minutes. We have to learn what is a good foul and what isn't."
"First, I'll say that was a great college basketball game. Two teams played hard and played to win."
"It felt like Derrick (Williams) said `get on my back.' To have 22 free throw attempts, 12 field goal attempts. His great individual performance willed us to a win."
Arizona Player Quotes
Sophomore Guard #12 MoMo Jones:
On the physicality of the game:
"It wasn't (Jorge Gutierrez) it was the two down low (Harper Kemp and Markhuri Sanders-Frison). They play hard. That's all I can say: They play hard. They're not one of the better teams we've played, but they're definitely the most physical. They play to their strengths. They're going to surprise some people down the stretch."
On a different mentality in conference play:
"I think during the conference season you get an extra drive. You see these guys twice, so it gives you some motivation. Teams are trying to go undefeated. We don't want to lose another game, and we think we can do that. A lot of us have friends on some of these teams. These games are about bragging rights and winning championships, getting this program back where it used to be."
Sophomore Forward #23 Derrick Williams:
On becoming more a part of the offense:
"It's not my personality to be selfish, but I have to be more aggressive and call for the ball more. We have to play to our strengths. If they collapse on me, I have to kick it out and trust my teammates to make a play."
Senior Forward #42 Jamelle Horne:
On two clutch three-pointers down the stretch:
"It was just my teammates finding me and believing in me to make these shots. I'm glad they went down, but even if they didn't, I would have known that my teammates have my back. Last year, we wouldn't have been able to pull together and get a win like that. This shows a lot about our team."