Game Talk: In the locker room with AZ and WSU

In the locker room with Arizona and Washington State following the Wildcats' 85-68 victory in McKale Center. Find out what Lute Olson had to say about Jason Gardner's horrific shooting performance, what Mike Schwertly said about adding energy into the lineup on the floor and Salim Stoudamire had to say about playing a complete game.


"We were confident and a little shaky, but overall we played very good."

"We played 34 minutes and we need to play for 40."

"It was a lot better tonight. We got three more games at home and we just need to take care of business. On hitting important shots: When I need to hit a jump shot I think it'll be there."

"We had a lot of energy and I just wanted to go out there and play as hard as I could. I try to go out there with a lot of energy. The crowd helps. The crowd starts yelling and I forget about being short of breath."

"I thought Luke Walton's game from wire to wire was outstanding. The thing with his perimeter shot is that now people can't back off of him. The ones he didn't make tonight from (three-point range) were in and out and he could have easily been two for three instead of one for three. If they try to put someone quicker on him outside we run him off picks to get smaller guys on him down low. He only takes shots that are considered good shots."

"With Jason, sometimes he can be his own worst enemy. When you miss a few shots in a row, you need to come down and make sure the next one is a high percentage shot. If Jason misses a couple, he does the opposite. He'll come down and take one that's not a good shot. Right now he just needs to focus on taking high percentage shots and not scoring all the points he did earlier in the season. He also needs to continue to share the ball like he's been doing lately."

*Michael Schwertly played a career-high 19 minutes against the Cougars and Arizona was actually the better for it. When he was on the floor (not counting garbage time at the very end), the Wildcats outscored Washington State 36-24, including an 11-2 run during his first stint to comeback from an early 11-6 deficit to take a 17-13 lead.

"Even when Will comes back, Mike is going to be critical for us because he can play the two and the three and he's so active defensively and on the glass. He's a good athlete and he gets after it on defense."

*Wildcat freshman guard Will Bynum missed the game because of an upper respritory and sinus infection. It was so bad that during the shoot around the team doctor told the coaching staff to "get him home" because he feared that what Bynum had was contagious. Bynum wasn't even in the arena for the game.

"Doc Porter saw Will at shoot around and said ‘we need to get him home'," Olson said. "Isaiah Fox is his roommate and we told him to stay somewhere else for now because we don't want this thing catching on with the team. The important thing now for all of them is to get plenty of sleep and the proper nutrition."

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