Dec. 18, 2012
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Arizona head coach Sean Miller
On tonight's performance:
"There was a huge part of the game that we played very well on offense and defense. There were also times that when you hold yourself to a higher standard. Seventeen turnovers is not going to win us what we want to win. Those turnovers have to disappear. We need to play as well as we are able to without undermining our skill. The turnovers have nothing to do with other team but have to do with our decision making and sloppiness. There was a point in the game that they were the better team because of all the turnovers we were making. At halftime we have zero offensive rebounds. In the second half, we got eight (offensive) rebounds. Turnovers and not doing well on our offensive glass are two things to draw from this game. Obviously we did some good things. Besides the turnovers, we certainly played some good basketball."
On the performance of Nick Johnson:
"Nick [Johnson] has done an exceptional job since the first game of the year up to this game. He really caught fire in the second half. He was very responsible. Nick did a really great job at defending his opponent."
On freshmen Grant Jerrett, Brandon Ashley, and Kaleb Tarczewski:
"It was great to see Grant [Jerrettt] play. He practices at a higher level that maybe isn't necessarily seen, but he gained confidence in the last game. You can tell he is starting to believe that he can play this game. He can. Four defensive rebounds, 15 points, three-for-three from the three point line - that's a career high. Brandon [Ashley] wasn't as invested in this game until he second half. He came into the half very assertive. It was great to see him play that great in the second half. Kaleb [Tarczewski] was four-for-four. To me, it's difficult for a seven footer to play college basketball. I'm not so sure he committed any fouls. I need to figure out why he's getting those calls. You would like to see him play the game at the same standard as every other person on the court. It was a frustrating night for him. We need to help Kaleb get better."
On the upcoming tournament:
"We worked very hard to be 9-0. It was a difficult game. It almost felt like we played Florida last night, and we played against a team that had 14 days off and were very capable. We weren't perfect tonight. We did some really good things, but the things we didn't do so well at we will learn from."
Arizona Players' Postgame Quotes
Freshman forward Grant Jerrett
On his mindset entering the game:
"I just wanted to stay aggressive and stay confident when I catch the ball. I just try to make the simple play."
On playing with other skilled big guys:
"It's nice having other guys be just as good as you are. We go at it in practice and then afterwards, Brandon and I shoot together. We work hard in practice and it works out for us."
Freshman forward Brandon Ashley
On mindset entering the game:
"I just wanted to keep the same mindset. Whether my shot is falling or not, I just want to go out and play hard, play good defense and rebound. I just played better this time, that's it."
Senior - Forward - Solomon Hill
On not taking Oral Roberts lightly after Florida game:
"If you want to be labeled as a great team or a team that has a chance to win a national championship, you have to get over games like the Florida game. You need to have a new focus. Florida is behind us and now we are looking to Hawaii."
"Coach (Miller) brought it up right after the Florida game and he brought it up again in film the next day, we have a lot more games to play. It's all about preparation."
On Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley's performance:
"They're learning; they're letting stuff come to them. Rebounding is key for them. They are patient and they stay with it. They will continue to keep growing and stay efficient."
On recording six steals:
"I just want to be active on defense and cause turnovers and get the ball up the court."