Feb. 10, 2013
Arizona head coach Sean Miller
On loss to California:
"I give Cal tremendous credit. They did a great job. That's the best job that anyone has played against our defense when you look at what they shot from the field, 59 percent. They had 30 field goals, which I know is a high. I don't believe any team has come close to making 30 shots against our defense. They did an incredible job. They really spread our defense out. Sometimes a special player like Allen Crabbe can have a special night. That's exactly what he had. There a couple of shots at the clock that were challenged and he knocked them in. When you have a guy on the other team that plays that well, it puts a lot of pressure on your ability to win. I also think [Justin] Cobbs was incredible as well. They collectively get 52 points of their team's points. We had no answer. They came into McKale and got the job done. They deserve all the credit."
On Cal switching to the two-three zone in the second half:
"They played a little bit of it in the first half and it caught us a little off guard. Not that we weren't expecting them to be able to play. We talked about it in the first half and we talked about it at halftime. But the first four minutes of the second half, they went on a 16-2 run. We took ill-advised shots. It looked as if we had no idea what we were doing for that brief three minute period. I called a timeout to try to settle us in but it wasn't until after that first media timeout that, although we weren't perfect, at the end of the day if you look at what we did on offense, we did good things. We played with only nine turnovers. We got 24 free throw attempts none of which happened because we were winning. I think what we didn't do is convert as well from the foul line. We have 24 free throws and make 16. One of our team strengths is free throw shooting. You make that number 76 percent instead of 66 percent, that's what we've shot this season, we might have left with a hard fought win. No question about it we looked uncomfortable at times against the zone. Then there were times that we did a really good job. We made shots, got fouled, and had some open threes. But it was those first three minutes of the second half that the combination of their offense and that zone that really put them on a run that at that point we were playing catch up."
On whether or not Cal's offense won the game:
"I'm sure we had something to do with it. No doubt there were four or five shots that they needed to make to win the game and they made every shot. From our perspective, I give Cal tremendous credit. They played the best against our defense as any team has played all season. That's our team strength. When you lose a game like we've lost tonight, there is usually something you do well that is missing. I think their numbers of 59 percent from the field and 13 turnovers and all the great things that they did on offense is a big credit to them."
Arizona Player Quotes
Senior Forward Solomon Hill
On Cal's zone defense:
"They got open shots on offense and came out scoring. We let the zone affect us and didn't get the ball movement that we needed. When you don't get things rolling on the offensive end, it takes you mentally away from the game. Their zone defense isn't something that should affect us but it did. You're going to make and miss shots but defense is something you need to do every game."
On what went wrong:
"We haven't really run into 3-2 zones like we did tonight. We didn't pass the ball and get moving, every shot was a one-on-one shot and we could have taken an extra pass to find the open guy who would have a better shot. You have to go out and be able to match the intensity of the other team and I don't think we did that tonight."
On importance of playing well down the stretch:
"It's very important. Home games like UCLA and Cal are games that are going to come back and bite us. I don't think any teams expect to sweep on the road so the most important thing is to win at home. This next road trip is something that's going to be big for us because we expect more out of ourselves defensively. Colorado and Utah especially are defensive minded teams and are going to make you play their game. We have to watch a lot of film to prepare for it and be ready for it instead of just saying it. Once guys like Allen [Crabbe] get going, it's something you have to jump on early and stop and we didn't do that tonight."
Senior G/F Kevin Parrom
On effects of zone defense:
"We haven't seen zone in a while so it threw us off. I could have played better in the middle but I have to get ready for the next game now. We have Colorado coming up and they won't be throwing zone at us as much as Cal did. My teammates and I are moving on and we're going to be ready for the next game."
On defensive changes on the floor:
"We have the ability to make changes while on the floor. Allen [Crabbe] is 6'6 and could shoot the ball so it was a call that we could have made to switch up our matchups. Nick [Johnson] tried his best and gave all his effort, which he always does, but it was a call that Solomon [Hill] or myself should have made to change guard assignments because of our height advantage."