Ducks improve to 21-3, 10-1 for the year

Oregon head coach Dana Altman responded to reporter's questions following Oregon's 85-58 win over the Arizona Wildcats. Also included are quotes from Sean Miller, head coach of Arizona.

University of Oregon head coach Dana Altman 

On the game’s atmosphere:

“Our energy levels were really good. The shots were falling and the crowd was unbelievable today. You don’t anticipate shooting it that well, but our guys were making plays for each other.”

On the defense:

“Our activity the first half was really good and our guys were flying around. We didn’t make too many mistakes. They did a really nice job protecting the rim. I thought our defense was really good.”

On keeping the energy during the whole game:

“We played poorly during the last four minutes of the half. Our ball movement wasn’t nearly as good…we had some turnovers and didn’t score. That concerned me. Then we came out for the second half and got two goals right at the basket… that’s when the energy picked up again.”

On their game plan going into the game:

“We weren’t going to match their size, so we wanted to spread the floor as much as we could and create some opportunities. Our coaching staff felt before the game that we had to hit some threes.”

“I told the guys earlier that we need to win today or it’s over for us.”

University of Arizona head coach Sean Miller

On what's next:

"I think a perspective is what's next. We are 21-3 and 10-1 in the Pac-12. We played some great basketball and the team we just got beat by has an identical record, they are 21-2 and 10-1 in the Pac- 12. The season didn't end, it's not spring. It's so much about putting this behind us to some degree, learning from it and getting better because it happened. We play Stanford on Wednesday at home, followed by Cal at home. We need to get back to where we were and moving forward to where we want to be. Sometimes, you have to give credit to the opponent and realize it wasn't lack of effort, it wasn't lack of preparation, they had some answers and they are an excellent team. I hope that this was their best, if they have another level above that, then that is a bad thing for every team in the country. They played great and we just didn't have any answers today."

On the first half:

"In the first half, especially the first 10 minutes of the game, I looked at our defense as being very organized. We didn't have a lot of breakdowns, there wasn't a lot of transition threes, maybe one. Most of the threes they hit, they earned it with good offense. We were tested. Tyler Dorsey was incredible. Coming into the game, he wasn't shooting as well as he could. He had 14 made threes in 10 games and he had 6 today. He and Benson really hurt us, they were 9-11 from three. Those guys deserve a lot of credit.


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