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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 2/14/2013
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 15, 2013
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Feb. 15, 2013

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Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller

Opening Statement:
"I thought Colorado had an incredible environment. This was a big game for them and they are playing really well. Coming into this game, I think they've won four out of five or five out of six. Watching them develop and how they've played recently, this was a pivotal home game for them. They were ready to go. Often times it's hard to give the other team all of the credit because we're out there playing against them but I thought they had a number of shots at the end of the clock. Whether it was Xavier Johnson in the first half or Spencer Dinwiddie - they made some big shots to continue to give them the lead.

"Our defense has been what has gotten us to this point. If you look at tonight or against Cal, our last two losses, our defense has had a hard time getting stops. We really have. Some of it is very good play by the other team and some of it is us. We wouldn't be the team we are today and have the record we have if teams would have shot like this against us. We've played against some of the best teams in this country and our defense has held up. Tonight, it didn't. I credit Colorado. From our standpoint we have to get back when we play Utah. We have to get stops and be a tough-minded defensive team. The other thing that was hard was in the first half, we went into the half 1-of-10 from three (point range). I don't think we took necessarily bad threes. On the road, you have to make sure you make plays on offense and defense. To be 1-10 for three and dig yourself down by seven points, that hurt us. At the beginning of the second half, we got off to a slow start and I had to call about ten timeouts. The bottom line is that around the nine minute mark, it was a six-point game, and once again they answered the bell. I credit them, they played an excellent game."

On If Any Team In The Country Could Have Won In Boulder Tonight
"It would have been hard. I think tonight, even some of the best teams in the country would have had to come in here and play a great game. This was an electric atmosphere and they played really hard. They played really well on offense. I think Xavier Johnson was great. He probably doesn't get enough national recognition. He may be the best freshman in the [Pac-12]. If not, he should be put up there with the three or four that everyone acknowledges."

On Angelo Chol
"One of the things I was excited about was seeing Angelo Chol play the way he did, he really played well you can tell his confidence is growing and he made some really big plays in the first half especially. He really played about as well in his role as anyone on the team."

On Arizona's Effort
"We played hard, it wasn't as if I was yelling at our guys to play harder. Colorado was playing at a high level and I thought that environment with the way they were playing it would have taken a great effort by us to win that game.

On Where The Team Is After The Loss

On Losing Two-In-A-Row
"It's never as bad as its seems and the sky isn't falling, for all I know we can go to Utah, play a great game then we have two home games after that and we get back on track. There aren't a lot of teams right now that are headed where we're headed and no question there's bumps in the road over a long season. It's difficult to win here, I think they're 41-5 over the last few years, we played hard tonight, they were the better team though."

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