VIDEO: Howland, Players Post-Arizona

Coach Ben Howland, Kyle Anderson and Larry Drew talk about the win over Arizona, and are given the news of Jordan Adams breaking his foot...


BH: another fantastic win in the comeback fashion that we've had back-to-back nights now of. Just really proud of our team. how they never quit. They never give up. They never stop believing in themselves and each other. And they showed so much mental toughness, to be able to come back against a great team, and a team that's going to be highly seeded and has a chance … I mean, Arizona played really well today. Hats off to them. They're a great team, and I was just really proud of the way our guys hung in there and found a way. When we get into close games, we have a great chance to win close games. Our guys are just so mentally tough. They find a way. A lot of big plays. I thought Jordan Adams was fantastic. During that run where we came back where he was just in the zone, and his teammates were finding him and Kyle hit him one time on a flop on the baseline. You have to know our scheme to know how special some of the plays were. You know, I thought that our guys were fighting through fatigue there at a point. We're asking Larry [Drew II] to do a lot. 37 minutes. It's like, you know, he's like a marathon runner but that's what it is. This season. It's not a sprint. It's a marathon. My mind in this whole thing is I hope that Jordan's foot is okay and excited about the win. I look at Jordan Adams again. That kid was not on the All-Freshman. So I want to reiterate that again. And I voted for one of the Arizona freshman because, you know… [Kaleb] Tarczewski and [Brandon] Ashley were fantastic tonight. 13 rebounds for Tarczewski. 15 points for Ashley. I mean, those guys will both be pros some day. As will our freshmen. So I'm just excited about the win and to live and play for another day.

Q: would you have anticipated Larry Drew going scoreless and being successful?

BH: you know what? I thought that Larry had an excellent game. I thought he got a little tired defensively, but he doesn't have to score a lot. Neither does Kyle [Anderson]. Neither one of these kids. They're point guards. Point guards make their teammates better. Kyle's rebound there, down at the end, where he got the offensive rebound and put us back up which I think was the winning basket, correct? That was the final margin of victory and was a huge play. We had given up a 3 on the play before we didn't want to give up, with a 3 point lead, but we redeemed ourselves with a huge rebound and putback. So it's a great win over a very good team which lives for another day, and we'll see who we're playing here in about 2 and a half hours.

Q: what happened with Jordan?

BH: you know what? The very last play of the game when they were shooting, somehow he came down and tweaked his foot so he's getting an X-ray on it right now. Here in the building somewhere, there's an X-ray machine. We'll see how it is.

Q: have you seen him kind of in a zone like that at all?

BH: a bunch this year.

Q: as much as that though? Have you seen him…

BH: absolutely. I mean, haven't we seen him in a zone like that, guys?

Q: yeah.

BH: I mean, it happens all the time but I mean, he really had it going. I mean, plus he gets the steal, in a one point game. I mean, he leads the conference in steals in conference games. He's eighth in the league in scoring. He is a really good player. And I thought Norman Powell's minutes off the bench were huge for us today, along with Dave Wear. Especially Norman. He came in when we were down 10, 11. He energized us. He made some plays. He got some rebounds. We started doing better on the glass. And you know, again, you look at our key stat, and this has been the key stat all year for this team. 5 turnovers. Only had 5 turnovers against that kind of pressure, those kind of athletes really speaks a lot to these 2 [players] up here.

BH: is any water please, Alex?

Q: Coach, when Shabazz [Muhammad] struggles like he was there in the first half and Solomon [Hill]'s playing really good D on him, do you take comfort in knowing that you have a guy like Jordan who can kind of pick up the slack and make that run?

BH: I'm sorry. I was consuming…

Q: when Shabazz was struggling in the first half, do you take comfort…

BH: I tell you what. Everybody's dialed in on Shabazz. I mean, you know, God bless him. He's seeing the best team's defender, night in and night out. I love Hill. You know, when I did my all-league voting, I voted [Allen] Crabbe, because I can't vote for my own players, #1. And then I voted Hill #2 in the conference. They have a point system and I just think Hill's fantastic. And he did a great job. I thought we did a great job with Hill. He made that big play down the stretch there where he caught the ball in the corner, but, you know, he's just a heck of a player. We never want to see him again.

Q: Coach, did you see or hear or figure out what happened with Sean Miller's technical?

BH: I don't. I have no idea. I don't even watch the other bench or anything like that. I never do that. He's coaching his team. Sean is a great coach. We have a connection through the University of Pittsburgh. My former trainer there, Tony, was his trainer for 4 years at Pitt. Tony's one of my closest friends. And Sean's dad is a local high school coach there. A legend in western Pennsylvania and one of the great point guards in the history of that program. So I have great respect for Sean, and I have no idea what that was about. All I know is before the game, they came and warned both of us that, the big emphasis for the two coaches was the coaching box and making sure that we were in it. I very rarely say anything to the officials. I'm just coaching my team, and I think that's what Sean does, but I can't answer your question.

Q: Kyle, it's been a number of years since UCLA got to the championship game. Your level of excitement to be able to play for a title that has eluded the school for 5 or 6 seasons?

Kyle Anderson: yeah, I'm really excited. And you know, I know a lot of the guys on this team are because, you know, we fought so hard for so long this season. It just so happens that we're playing really well in March which is postseason basketball. So we're playing well right now. We want to carry it over to the next game and just take it day by day from here on out.

Q: and also your comments on how you were able to come back again tonight. You had to come back from a double digit deficit the other night and now you did it again tonight against a really good team.

KA: well, I think we just… we did a good job of keeping our composure. The leaders on our team stressed to the five guys that are out there that we have to stay calm. Being down 11 or 9 or whatever it was, and I think that's what we did a really good job of and we were able to fight back for a second time and end up with a win.

Q: Ben, there's some word on Twitter from CBS Sports that Jordan broke his foot and he would be out for the season. Is that… Obviously that's a huge blow. I know you haven't heard much about it. Your first comment on hearing that?

BH: he's getting an X-ray right now. So there's no substantial evidence to support that.

Q: he said that he talked to Jordan.

BH: sorry, I can't help you.

Q: okay.

Q: Coach [Sean] Miller mentioned the free throw disadvantage between his team and your team as a big factor of the game. You want to comment on that?

BH: I just thought we really attacked the rim. We did a great job attacking the basket. You go back and watch the film… you can evaluate it. But we did a great job, I thought, really taking the ball to the basket. Especially the last 15 minutes of the game. And Shabazz did a great job of that. And it's a very physical game. I mean, there's 2 teams and there's a lot of physicality involved in it. But I'm excited about how our guys did that tonight. And Jordan was the main one. I mean, Jordan… go back and watch the tape. He's getting hit. And he does a good job of getting to the line. I think he took 13 foul shots tonight, is that right? So Jordan himself, was 11 of 13. And all of them were fouls.

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