Game talk

The Cats struggled against the Washington school, but played a stellar game against USC. Following the Wildcats' 97-80 win over USC the Cats were quite happy with how they played.

Luke Walton led the Wildcats in five catagories, points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. His 27 points is a career high. It is also his first career triple-double.

Jason Gardner was held to eight points. It is his lowest scoring total since he scored seven against Duke in the National Championship game. Gardner added seven assists.

The Wildcats had five players in double figures, USC had only three.

USC went almost 10:00 without a field goal during the first half. They went scoreless for 8:10. During that stretch the Cats scored 18 points.

On the Wildcat zone:

Rick Anderson: "Our defense was sensational. I'm very happy to see our team glue at the right time."

Luke Walton: "It (zone) gives us size in the middle. I clog up the middle."

Associate Head Coach Jim Rosborough: "The zone caused some problems. We ended up using it on all but one possession. We were going to try to zone on made shots and go man after misses. It worked and we stuck with it."

Sam Clancy had a monster game for USC. The power forward pumped in 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

"Thirty points doesn't mean anything when you lose by seventeen. I gave all that I had."

"I'm satisfied with the way that I am doing things. I wanted to do more rebounding and be a leader this season."

Guard Gennaro Busterna came off the bench and scored 10 points in only six minutes.

"This loss was bittersweet. Coach (Bibby) finally had confidence in me. It hurts to lose when I finally get a chance to play."

"It felt great to get my first shot. Then, I thought every shot was going to go in."

The Wildcats were pleased with the way they came out:

Lute Olson: "It was great the way we came out. The crowd definitely was a huge factor. Once Will (Bynum) hit a three-pointer, the crowd went nuts. We also did a good job of showing that there is still a sense of urgency in McKale."

Luke Walton: "Our whole team came out with a lot of energy. Tonight was the first time we put it all together."

Arizona players seem more confident going into the game against UCLA.

Jason Gardner: "The game builds a lot of confidence for us. It shows what type of team we can be. The guys now expect to come out like that every night."

Luke Walton: We know what to expect on Saturday. We get prepared the same way each week. This is probably the best we've played for a whole 40 minutes.


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