Lute Olson press conference quotes

Lute Olson is in an unfamiliar position. For the first time in decades he is coaching a team on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Olson met with the media on Monday to discuss some of the issues surrounding this team.

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Opening statement:

"It is good to be home finally. We are in a position where we need to protect our home court. We have some added incentive in these two games in that we dropped both of them on the road up there.

"As we look at the remaining seven games, with five being at home. We definitely have to protect our home court. There is no question about that and see what we can do about that."

On recent post play:

"Our inside game is coming around. We just need to do a better job of getting the ball in there."

On getting a consistent effort:

"The key thing for us is we can't worry about what the other team is doing or how they are playing, we just need to play to our capabilities. We have to play 40 minute of basketball and that has been a problem we have had to deal with pretty much all year. We have portions of game where we play very, very well.

"We have proved we can play but we have not proven we can play for 40 minutes."

On playing with a sense or urgency:

"I think we are going to see that. We have to get back into forcing other people into turnover and taking care of the ball ourselves."

On Chris Rodgers coming back:

"He is working towards it."

On whether the technicals the coaches pick up against UCLA were used for motivation:

"There is no question something needed to be done to get the team fired up and also to make sure the officials recognized it was 14-2 on fouls. I personally felt both teams were playing very aggressively. I don't' think it is possible to have a 14-2 differential when both teams are playing the same in terms of aggressiveness.

I was upset with some of those calls then, and I am more upset now after seeing them on replay. The second foul on Kirk Walters was one of the worst of the year. Both hands were straight up on top of the basketball.

"The technical was for a purpose. Something had to happen to get things called in a relatively fair manner. Secondly, to get our team playing a little bit more."

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