"I thought it was a hard-fought game. I thought both teams -- especially in the first half -- did a great job of playing hard, playing physical and playing aggressive. I thought the officials did a great job of allowing guys to play and communicate to guys through the course of the game. I figured it'd be a tough, tough grimy game. They did a great job being prepared, assertive in the first half. Probably the best job in blitzing the post that Ivan's probably seen in a while, so they had a lot to do with what we didn't do in the first half. They were big, they were aggressive, they were assertive and they rotated well out of the double and finding guys. They had our perimeter guys a little stagnant, not as assertive or shot-ready to knock the shot or drive the basketball, but we expected that."
On difference in the second half with an improved offense (from shooting 37% in the first half to shooting 64.7% in the second):
"I think it was Ivan -- it was really simple. Two things: guys on the perimeter [were] shot ready and if you don't have the shot, then attack off the dribble. The other part, which is the biggest part, was Ivan being assertive around the rim and making plays. If the double comes, then make plays out of the double. For us, offensively, we have to flow through him. Everybody else has to of fall in line and understand what they're trying to do. [Jabari] Bird can pitch in. You need those two guys to play at a high level, but really [Rabb] settling in and recognizing. If you watch him outside of one game in league play (Oregon, where he had four points and six rebounds), he settles in and sees how the double team is coming, where they're coming from with the double, then he starts to read and he makes plays from there."
On Ivan Rabb starting to take more 3-point attempts (2-for-2 against Stanford, 6-for-11 on the season):
"He's spent a lot of time on that. That's a shot we wanted him to take last year because he can shoot it. But again he's one of those guys where it's how he feels, because he's not going to do anything if he feels like it hurts the team. With him taking three's, he's put the time into it. We need him, because he can shoot it. We're not surprised he can shoot the ball. He's spent time working on it. I expect him to shoot it."
On defense creating offense in transition:
"We spent a lot of time on that with this week off, going back to the basics. Once you get into league play, it's hard to work on some things you worked on in early October, which that is what we did the first three days of our off days. I had the practices planned from October, the first two to three days of practice, and that's what it was. That's how we have success. We have to take care of the basketball offensively and we have to defend. We have to corral guys into Ivan, King, and Kam, and our guards have to do a solid job. In league play, we've done a poor job defending the three-point line (38.5% allowed, sixth in the Pac-12). This was probably one of our better jobs defending the three (Stanford shot 5-of-15). We have to have success with our defense to get in the passing lanes. With Sam Singer, Jabari Bird, even Charlie [Moore], with his quickness, but not necessarily size, those guys should do a better job in the passing lanes. I thought we did that tonight."
On similarities to the Golden State Warriors:
"We're not at that level. We can use a few of those guys, but we're not at that level."
On Moore's role as a facilitator (a career-high eight assists):
"Charlie can score the ball. But, they guard Charlie a certain way. They pressure him on the ball screens, they make it hard, make his looks hard. The key for Charlie, and we talk about it, you want to leave the game with 10 assists. Leave the game with 10 assists. That's how you want to play the game. He can score the ball. He'll make plays. Leave the game with 10 assists, and whatever happens, happens, because he's going to be an aggressive scorer. That's his instinct. But, he has to find shooters. He has to put guys in position to score the ball. He's spent a lot of time, this week, with Ivan and those big guys, throwing lob passes, getting it at the rim so those guys can make plays, because that has to be production for us, especially with Ivan getting on the back side of those guys. We've got to get the ball up to the rim."
On wanting to improve assist-to-turnover ratio (5 turnovers in the first eight minutes, but then 8 for the rest of the game for a total of 13, to 16 assists):
"That was great for him (Moore), but still, 13 turnovers. I think we had three or five early in the game. We keep working, I keep preaching it. Hopefully, we get better at it. You can't afford to do that. The good thing, 13, we're at home. You can't win games on the road against good teams if you turn the ball over like that."
How big a factor was the sell-out crowd of 11,877:
"It was great. It was great. It should be a sell-out all the time. These guys bring their hardhats to work, work hard, do a tremendous job in the classroom, in the community. It should be a sell-out every time. I expect that."
Rabb only had one shot in the first 11 minutes. Do you have to tell him to be more assertive:
"He's just trying to ease into the flow. What happens is -- and I understand it in his case, because what happens is he's trying to feel where the double's coming from, how they're doubling -- [he] kind of reads it, feels it out, and in the second half, he makes the adjustments and he goes from there. If you watch him, that's how it is. That first half, especially if they double, just read and feel. Now, again, our guards didn't do a great job presenting themselves and being open. I didn't think Kam and King did a great job diving to the rim, and being assertive, so I think it was us, as a team, we didn't do a great job."
Rook and Okoroh's defense as Reid Travis scored 10 points from 10:08 to 7:59 in the second half:
"I thought they did a good job. Reid Travis, 6-8, he's a bull, and I say that in a good way. He can get lower than those guys, and he's strong. He's strong enough. Some of the shots, he's running, made shots, he shoots jump shots -- that's not in the scouting report where he'll beat you. When you're playing against a good team, something has to give. You'll give up something. If he's shooting those shots and other guys are standing, we've done our job."
On Okoroh and Rooks:
"A solid job, not great, because [Travis] still scored on them, but I didn't think [...] what happens, in Kam's case -- because King was out -- Kam's case, he allowed him to make one shot, allowed him to make two, and at some point, [he has to] get up and understand what we're trying to do from a scouting report standpoint. I don't want to give that information, but he didn't do those things, just watching him from the bench."