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Arizona Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/07/2006
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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:

 

 

“It was a good, solid performance from everyone today. We had all of our starters in double figures and all of them had at least three assists, which is fantastic. The good news is that we improved at both ends of the court with smarter shots and outstanding defense that forced USC to take bad and hurried shots.”

 

“I always said about our shot selection that as long as we take good shots we’ll be fine. Today we moved the ball well and took shots that made sense. We were smarter offensively today than we have been in the past.”

 

“This was as good a defensive effort that I have seen for a while. We communicated well and we had great effort from all players. Ivan (Radanovich) was 5-for-10 from the field with nine rebounds. He did a tremendous job on defense, as he was always defending the basket and the backdoor pass. People don’t realize how much area he covers; but today’s statistics proved his effectiveness in the post and showed him as a great force on the glass.”

 

“There was great ball movement at the other end, that’s why our shooting percentage was so high, almost all of our shooters we above 50 percent. We are very happy with today’s effort.”

 

“It was great to see that Mustafa (Shakur) was confident after the UCLA game. He played great against Washington and the turned around and had a horrible game against UCLA. He’ll be the first to tell you that it was one of his worst performances he’s ever played. I’m glad to see he came out today with confidence and made some really big shots right from the start.”

 

“I’m looking for consistency with Mustafa. The key is to take what’s there for you when in the point guard position; some games you may have a lot of shots and the next you might not have any. Other than the one turnover, his ball handling was flawless and he did a good job of getting the ball to the tight people.”

 

“USC did a great job handling the ball. We knew they were going to try to utilize the clock but we turned that strategy around by playing good defense and making it hard for them to take good shots. There were several instances where the shot clock was running down, resulting in either a rushed shot or turnover.”

 

 

Arizona Student-Athlete Quotes

 

Arizona Junior Point Guard Mustafa Shakur

 

“I just wanted to come out tonight and play with energy and be intense. I think my teammates really fed off of that tonight”

 

“Our defensive pressure was what won us this game. We were getting steals, lay-ups and dunks. We got everyone involved. We played with more energy, tonight.”

 

“We were taking better shots tonight. We were in rhythm. Everyone is a better shooter when they are in rhythm.”

 

“I came out focused. My teammates and coaches got on me after the UCLA game. They got me focused.”

 

“We came out and played with intensity tonight. We still had some let-ups, but we played good. It was good to win on our home court in front of our fans again.”

 

Arizona Freshman Forward Marcus Williams

 

“We played great defense tonight. We did a good job of getting open shots and getting fast breaks. That really got our confidence up. As a team we were clicking.”

 

“The crowd was great in the second half. They really got into once we started playing tough defense. I can’t wait to have the full student section back. This is our house and we have to protect our home court advantage.”

 

On Mustafa Shakur:

 

“He’s been really focused [since the UCLA game]. The coaches kind of got on him. That is basketball, though. You can’t play a good game every game. No one can do that. Some people [fans] got on him, but I don’t agree with that. You saw what he means to this team tonight.”

 

 

Arizona Junior Forward Ivan Radenovic

 

On improved shooting over the last two games:

 

“I’ve been working on my shot a lot. I’ve spent a lot of time working on and improving my shot. I have to keep doing that.”

 

“I’ve been shooting 600 shots every dya. I’ve been getting extra work after practice. I think it has paid off.”

 

“As a junior, I realize I have to step up. We’re at the mid-point of the season and into Pac-10 games. Mustafa, Chris, Hassan and I know what we have to do.”

 

 

 

Arizona Senior Guard Chris Rodgers

 

“This team can do a lot of things if we share the ball and play hard. The coaches prepared us well for this game. Coach Olson had us focused.”

 

“I took it personal to set the tone defensively, today. I thought everyone fed off of that. We played good defense as a team.”

 

“It’s important for use to put pressure on the ball. When we do that, we force turnovers and that gets our offense going.”

 

“For us, it was important to rebound and take care of our home court advantage. Against UCLA, we slipped up. It was important for us to bounce back and play with our backs against the wall.”

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