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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 11/8/2006
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 09, 2006
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Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:


“One thing that I thought stood out was the smaller lineup that we started with. They came out really moving the ball and shooting really impressively. They did a good job of shooting and getting a good look (at the basket) and making the extra pass.”


“I’m very pleased with Jawann McClellan from all stand points. I thought he really defended hard, challenged passes and he did a nice job all around.”


Daniel Dillon came in and gave us a good lift. We didn’t give him as many minutes as we would have liked, partially because he iced down pretty early, but he did a nice job. Nic (Wise) did a much better job defensively than what he has been doing. He got into the guy really tightly which made it tough for (Victoria) to get their offense started.”


“We got a lot of guys minutes tonight, but we are getting to the point when we will be coming down with the numbers (of guys who will be playing).”


Jordan Hill played really well, he gets up and down the court really well. He runs all the time and he does a good job of challenging shots in the basket area.”


“Marcus (Williams) came out Monday and didn’t favor (his hurt ankle) at all. It’s surprised me that he was able to move that well, but Miles (Simon) worked him out on Saturday and said that it didn’t look like he was favoring anything.”


“(On Kirk Walters) Two times up and down the court and he was ready for the cardiac care unit, I thought. But he hasn’t been able to do anything for over a month now because they have been very cautious about his concussion. I thought we would be able to go three to four minutes, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Some of it was nervous energy with finally getting to play, but it will take a while for him (to get back into shape).”


“I thought we moved the ball well tonight, and when we got the good looks we got the shots in.”


Arizona Player Quotes


Senior Guard Mustafa Shakur


“Tonight’s game was easy for me [as a point guard].  I didn’t have to do much, just found the open guy.”


“We’re shooting the ball great right now.  It’s just a matter of taking the right shots, and we did that tonight.”


Senior Center Kirk Walters


“I felt a little rusty, but things will start clicking more as I get into practice.  You’ve got to be happy with where the team is.”


“This team has a tremendous amount of chemistry.  The way we’re driving to the basket gives everyone open looks on the perimeter.”


Freshman Guard Nic Wise


“I thought I did so-so.  [My performance] wasn’t as good as the first game, probably because I didn’t concentrate on all my shots.  In the second half, I tried to concentrate more on each shot.”


“We can’t play well without chemistry.  Coach [Lute Olson] is always saying that in practice, so we’ve been trying to work on it.”


Freshman Forward Chase Budinger


“Whenever people are unselfish on the court that leaves other teammates open and that makes everyone happy.”


“We’ve got lots of shooters on this team.  We just have to find open shooters and they’ll knock down the shots.”


“I felt comfortable out there.  Whenever you knock down your first shot of the night it helps a lot.  It’s always easier to get in a rhythm when you knock down your first one.”


Sophomore Forward Marcus Williams


“It’s like we have three new shooters on the team [in Chase Budinger, Nic Wise and returnee Jawann McClellan].  The shooters open up the lane for people to drive, and with everyone being unselfish it opens up shots for others.”
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