Game Talk: Arizona over USD

The Wildcats won their first game, but they did not look great doing it. They cruised in the first half, but shut it down in the second half and let San Diego hang around. Obviously reactions were mixed after the game.

Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson:

On Defense:

"I really think we should block a lot better than we did. We got a lot of deflections off passes. We put a lot of emphasis on deflections. Tonight I thought the perimeter was not a challenged pass."

On the Team:

"We're not a team that can rely on one guy (to score) if we're going to be successful. We need to score from all five positions."

On Rebounding:

"We got good effort off the boards. We had a lot more chances than they had. We really should have been able to put it away faster. The second half we did a much better job."

On Improvements:

"We need to finish the play a lot better and do a better job on turnovers."

On Sophomore Point Guard Mustafa Shakur:

"Mustafa did a good job tonight. He worked hard the entire game."

On Sophomore Forward Ivan Radenovic:

"Ivan had an outstanding game for us. Defensively, he did a nice job with a lot of deflected passes."

On the Killer Instinct:

"We need to have that killer instinct that when you get somebody down 20 you need to be going for 30, and we really haven't done that."

Mustafa Shakur:

On the Team:

"Guys are definitely making the extra pass, Salim (Stoudamire) especially."

On Defense:

"We need to get better with help-defense. We have to kick teams when they are down and not let them get back in the game."

Sophomore Forward Ivan Radenovic:

On USD's Center Brice Vounang:

"What can I say, he's a good player. We made some bad decisions on him."

On Improvements Needed Before Thursday:

"We have to do a better job on defense and of course on the offense to do a better job, take care of bad shots, and have more confidence."

Senior Guard Salim Stoudamire:

On the Performance:

"We had an excellent first half but the second half was disgusting."

On Mustafa Shakur:

"He gets everyone in their place and sets the tempo."

On Senior Center Channing Frye:

"It was very encouraging. Channing had seven assists even though he didn't shoot very well. It was the first game and our jitters are gone. We have to get better by Thursday."

On Scoring:

"I'm not really concerned about scoring because for the last two years we've led the nation in scoring. Our defense has been sub-par."

Channing Frye:

On His Performance:

"The ball just wasn't going in the hoop. I tried to get everybody the ball."

On the Game:

"It is just like Coach Rosborough said: ‘Isaiah Thomas once said when you get them down, you have to step on their neck.'"

On Mustafa Shakur:

"He brings energy, a defensive presence, and an overall wisdom of the game. He is a big part of our team and vital to how we play. He is going to play big minutes for us."

On the Killer Instinct:

"We do have it but we just have to learn to sustain it."

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