Game Talk: Arizona Handles Stanford

Arizona dominated Stanford all game, and the players and coaches were pleased with their performance. They do however, understand there is work to be done.

Head Coach Lute Olson

On the Game:

"I think it is, and always is, important and has so much to do with how you come out and what position you get into. Our guys were focused, that was good. Our defense was tough. We took good shots. I thought we gave them too much room in the first half. But in the second half we came really hard."

"Today it was all about team."

On the Weekend:

"That's by far the best back-to-back we've had all year. Over 60% from the field on Thursday, and we really made it difficult on Cal to score. I think Stanford had difficulty scoring, getting good looks and they're a very disciplined team. It was almost like nothing was open."

On the Team:

"You can go on down the list, and make a case for everybody in terms of the job that they did."

"Salim [Stoudamire] was five of nine from the three point line. I think Chris [Rodgers] came off the bench and did exactly what we needed him to do. He took good shots and defended without reaching. It was his best game. We had five guys in double figures. I thought it was a very positive game."

On Chris Rodgers:

"I thought he played great today. He defended, he took the shot when he had the shot, if he didn't he passed the ball. He is so capable. We just need to make sure that he understand I don't care if he scores a point the whole game, if he's got shots, you take the shots. You go 0 for 7, you go 0 for 7, if they're shots that should be taken. I thought his game today, if this is any indication of what it [the suspension] did for him, it's pretty obvious that he should recognize how he played today, and how important it is that he approach every game like this."

On Salim Stoudamire:

"Salim's said, ‘It's been a tough four years.' It's been easier for him than it has for me, I'll tell you that."

On the Road Ahead:

"Like I've said before I think this team has potential. It was a great weekend for us. Now we play five out of seven on the road, which will be a great challenge for us."

On the Fans:

"I thought it was a great day. Great fan support here. People should come out and support the team like that. I thought it was just a great day for Wildcat basketball, as Jim Livengood would say."

Senior Guard Salim Stoudamire

On the Game:

"They [Stanford] have beaten me three previous times. It's great to get the win."

"People were talking about having a good time. We wanted to come out and play hard to get the win."

"We just didn't want to get overconfident in the game today when we went up on them. We stayed humble. The team put forth a strong effort."

On Beating Stanford at Home:

"It feels great man, I want to go out and party. (laughs)"

On Any Problems:

"I thought we were over excited at the beginning, we got some turnovers and missed some shots, but then we finally settled down and got into a rhythm."

On Chris Rodgers:

"Chris played excellent. He was knocking down his shots, but most importantly, he was playing defense, and you can expect that from him every night."

On Stanford Guard Chris Hernandez:

"We tried to shut him down, but that's kind of impossible with the talent that he has. We still did a good job on him."

"He used to play on my summer league team in High School so I know him pretty well."

On Maintaining the Lead:

"That showed character, that we didn't get overconfident and we stayed humble."

On Playing on the Road:

"I like to play on the road better. I like shutting the crowd up."

Senior Center Channing Frye:

On the Game:

"The coaches have helped us big men develop and become the players we can be. We were taking good shots and passing well as a team. We stuck together and had a positive tone. We're not going to accept mediocrity."

On the Effort:

"I think by far this is one of the best efforts we have [put forward two games in a row]. Not only because we won, but how we won, and how we did it as a team, and how people contributed off the bench, and how we had enthusiasm not only from the crowd but from the bench and the coaching staff. I think right now we're trying to stay consistent and that means, two games is good but what about three, what about four, and I think I'd be fooling myself if I said that this was going to make or break our season, but I think this is definitely a good step forward."

On his Big Dunk Over Two Stanford Players:

"I just got it [the ball] and thought, ‘I'm tired of missing lay ups.' To be honest I didn't even know where I was. I just saw the rim in the corner of my eye, and I thought ‘Whoever is there, I'm sorry,' (laughs) even if I dunk it on someone else."

On the Win:

"It feels so great to get the win. It doesn't matter about their rank in the conference. It's just good to finally beat them here."

Junior Guard Chris Rodgers:

On the Game:

"We just came out ready to play from the start. We had a really good defensive effort. I just tried to move the ball. My teammates did a good job of finding me so I had my shot. I just want to come in and contribute."

"I think we definitely were a lot more focused and prepared. When I'm in the game, I'm going to bring the defensive pressure and do my part."

On the Suspension:

"I leave it up to the coaches about when I play. I try to work hard and keep a positive attitude. I'm back, and I'm glad we bounced back as a team."

On Recent Changes:

"We are definitely taking each game more seriously. It's a step in the right direction."


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