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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 2/1/2007
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/02/2007
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Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:

 

“(Washington State) did the same kind of job they have done all year round. They spread the defense around and they can all shoot the ball and they create a lot of problems if they can hit that outside shot. In the first half we outscored them in the paint, but the problem is that they shot the ball well in every phase: 51 percent from the field, 50 percent from the three (point arc) and they did not miss a free-throw.”

 

“As you look at it, WSU does a great job of taking care of the ball. (Kyle) Weaver had six assists and no turnovers and (Derrick) Low is a handful when he runs off of the screens. We had eight first half turnovers and two in the second half, they only had six for the game.”

 

Jordan Hill did a great job, but this was a tough game for him to play in because he had to be all over the floor, and that created some problems. But he did a great job of getting back in and blocking some shots and grabbing rebounds.”

 

“(WSU) did a great job and they finished the job by knocking their shots down. I think if there is anything that killed us it was that there were four or five shots taken that WSU either got a piece of, or we had to shoot it under intense pressure. WSU is quick and they recover very quickly.”

 

“The other thing that we told the team all week long in preparation was that they cannot plan on driving the ball all the way to the basket because (WSU) packs everything in. They give you the opportunity to hit the outside shot, but you have to hit it.”

 

“(The shooting) is definitely mental. We go through a practice situation and we knock shots down, but that’s practice. It does look like Jawann (McClellan) is much more fluid in his perimeter shot, I think that is coming back to him and he’s had less swelling in his head than he has all year long.”

 

“What we have tried to do in a practice situation is have them shoot the open shot, sooner or later they are going to drop. So it’s not a case of there being any negativity involved, their teammates and the staff is encouraging.”

 

“The first half we were doing what we said needed to be done, we got some good penetrations with some good dish-outs for wide open shots. The difference was that (WSU) knocked theirs down and we didn’t.”

 

“In locker room I said that you have to get your chin up in the air, we have another game on Saturday and this isn’t something that we can dwell on because we have to get this thing turned around. It’s what you do at the end of the year that counts.”

 

Arizona Player Quotes

Senior Guard Mustafa Shakur

 

“They’re a good team, but at the end of the day I still feel like we’re a better team.  Not to take anything away from Washington State, but I still feel like we’re better than a lot of the teams we’re losing to.”

 

“You’ve got to bounce back.  Get your rest, come out Saturday and bounce back.”

 

On advice he has for teammates:

“You’ve got to tell your teammates to keep their heads up.  I’ll try to lead by example by keeping my head up.”

 

“I’m happy with the way we came out, but we have to maintain that throughout the game.”

 

Freshman Forward Chase Budinger

 

“It’s a big shock.  All of a sudden we can’t hit shots anymore.  I can’t say why.  There’s no explanation.  It’s like a curse.”

 

“Every game is a big game.  Every game we have to win.  We have to get focused for the next one.”

 

Junior Guard Jawann McClellan

 

“We need a win.  That’s something I thought I would never say here.  We have to come out Saturday and get it done.”

 

“They’re all wide open looks.  I can’t tell you why we’re not hitting the shots ?- we hit them in practice.  Even free throws: if we hit some free throws then we aren’t talking about losing this game.”

 

“It’s like the ’97 team.  They went into the tourney with five (Pac-10) losses.  I don’t even compare this team to last year’s team.”

 

Sophomore Forward Marcus Williams

 

“The only choice you have is to move forward and realize there are still games left to be played.  You play to improve your seed (in the NCAA Tournament).  You play for pride.  You’ve got to have a reason to get up every night.”

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