Game Talk: Pac-10 Champions!

Notes and quotes from the locker rooms and press conferences after Arizona defeated USC to win the 2002 Pac-10 Championship. Who made the All-Tournament team and who was named Most Outstanding Player? Find out in Game Talk.

Notes:

The All-Tournament team was as follows:

Most Outstanding Player: Luke Walton, SF-Arizona (71 points, 16 assists)

Jason Gardner, PG-Arizona (58 points for a 19.3 average over the three wins)

Salim Stoudamire, SG-Arizona (29 points on 9-10 shooting in the championship game)

Brandon Granville, PG-USC (Broke Gary Payton's tournament record with 25 assists this week)

Sam Clancy, PF-USC (Sam is big)

*The omission of Trojan reserve guard Desmon Farmer might have been the biggest injustice of the weekend. Farmer scored 51 points off the bench as the Trojans made it to the championship game and he shot well over 60% from the field while doing so. Clancy should have been left  off the All-Tournament team, in my opinion. Jim Davidson agrees with me.

Quotes:

Henry Bibby:

"We are a very, very good basketball team. But, tonight we played a very good basketball team. They were very aggressive. It was something we haven't seen in the Pac-10 all year, unless we were playing Arizona State. That's the way they play."

On if his team hit a wall today after playing three games in three days:

"I thought they handled it well. They got the ball to Luke Walton in the middle of the floor and attacked the basket."

On Arizona guard Salim Stoudamire:

He was making shots and the kid is a very, very good basketball player. When you have guys that shoot it that well you let them shoot it."

On his technical foul late in the second half:

"I don't think a technical foul was warranted at the time. I don't go out and abuse and curse at the officials. I think you guys should be able to question the officials on what they saw out there."

"We played three very, very good basketball teams (in this tournament). I think tonight it wore on Sam Clancy a little bit because of the three days and 39.5 minutes."

"Hopefully we can get our legs back tomorrow and Monday and get ready for the (NCAA) Tournament."

Jay John:

In the first half they were getting wide open looks and in the second half that what we were getting. In the second half we had to go man-to-man to make it harder for them to score.

We talked at halftime about getting better spacing.

When Luyke has the ballin the middle of the court, if I'm on defense, I'm scared. I you leave your man, he'll find him. If you come at him, he'll drive and score. If you don't he'll hit the sot.

Isaiah Fox:

Everyone played good especially in the second half. We just owe it to our defense. We just owe it to Salim stepping, Channing stepping up and myself stepping up.

He just said cut down on the turnover and cut down on the offfensive rebounds and we did a good job of that in the second half.

Their press was rattling us and making us hurry up our offense. He told us to calm down and do our job.

We went to a man and I think that helped us out because it made everybody focus on their man and they're used to seeing a zone. SC was killing us in that zone so it was a good switch to go to the man (defense).

USC was more talented and they didn't give us a shot. But we came through, the freshmen stepped and the juniors led us like it always happens.

Channing Frye:

This is a real tough tournament when you have to play a team for the third or fourth time. it's another good thing that we played three days in a row and everybody's legs are tired but it showed us we can play with the toughest teams.


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