Opening remarks -
We're absolutely ecstatic we got the win, but realistically we caught them on a day when the ball wouldn't go in. You would like to think that had something to do with our defense, but hey had a lot of open looks that didn't go in.
We feel as lucky as we can be to beat a great program in a game like this, when they didn't shoot the ball well.
Playing on the road in college basketball is extremely difficult. I hope that we can build off this win in a tough environment.
On the absence of Brandan Wright and Marcus Ginyard -
We had a little bit of an edge that (Arizona) didn't have. Brandan Wright and Marcus Ginyard both were out with some sort of a bug. Not having two important players gives you a little bit of an edge sometimes, because the rest of the team has to step up in place of them.
On handling the road environment -
We wanted to get off to a good start. We wanted to use the four-minute timeouts to keep the crowd out of the game. We had six guys in double figures an cut down on our turnovers. I thought Ty Lawson kept us in the game in the first half.
On holding Arizona to 33.9 percent field goal shooting -
To hold them under 40 percent, I was very proud of that. But, like I said, they missed a lot of good shots.
On starting Deon Thompson -
Brandan plays the four, and Deon plays it in practice. Deon slides his feet better on defense than Alex [Stepheson]. Deon has more familiarity with our out of bound plays more so than Alex.
On his team's depth -p> I've said depth isn't important over the course of one game, but it's important over the course of a season.
On the play of Lawson -
He stared penetrating the ball more. He hit two threes early in the game, and I told him not to fall in love with it. I said before, he kept us in the game in the first half.