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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 12/19/2005
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/20/2005
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Arizona head Coach Lute Olson

 

“Well I think we’ve started to get the point across about shot selection. If we share the ball, we’re going to get open shots. I thought we did a good job tonight of moving the ball. We shot the three well (11-22), but that is because they were wide open shots. I’ve said before this can be a very good shooting team if we take good shots. We did that tonight.”

 

“I thought Mustafa [Shakur] played really well tonight. He only scored seven points, but he also had seven assists and defended really well. He did what we needed him to do: he distributed the basketball. He created a lot of opportunities for his teammates.”

 

“We played well at Utah on Saturday, especially defensively and we did that again tonight. We’re tough to play against because of our quickness and intensity. We made it very difficult for them to execute their offense.”

 

“Mohammed [Tangara] comes in every day and works hard. He knows there is still a lot of work to be done with his game. I sat next to him on the plane coming back from Utah. He was on his computer watching video of some NBA games to learn some of the things he is working on. Eventually, he is going to be a great player. He is so aggressive and determined to get better.”

 

“The key to our defense is that we have so much quickness and that gives us the ability to switch on screens. Even when they do get by us, we are able to get help quickly. We took off the full-court press with about six or eight minutes left in the first half. The other thing I was impressed with was that we had 11 guys who played double-figure minutes, and no one played more than 23 minutes. Marcus [Williams] and J.P. [Prince] each got 20 minutes.”

 

“I’m pleased with the progress we are making. We need to continue this momentum and carry it over into Wednesday and then next week. We play four of our first six conference games on the road in practice, so we need to keep getting better.”

 

Player Quotes

 

Hassan Adams

 

“Everyone came in ready to play, we played with confidence, knocked down shots, played good defense.”

 

About turnovers

 

“We were getting back to back turnovers; it came from pressure and taking them out from what they were trying to do.”

 

 

“We played hard, we are trying to win, we got another one to win still, we can’t dwell on this one.”

 

On playing

 

“Whoever’s in the game just gives it one hundred percent. No matter if your in the rotation or not That’s how it is at this program, at any point Coach can just throw you in there. I tell the younger guy’s just be ready, just be ready.”

 

 

 

 

Chris Rogers

 

Overall Game

 

 “It was a good team effort, our chemistry and our defense is getting a lot better.”

 

“We are team that feeds off our defensive pressure, and we did a good job at that tonight.”

 

Do you appreciate the crowd and support?

 

“The people of this city are great. The crowd is always loud and every game I have played in McKale has been sold out.”

 

 

 

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