"We had a chance in the first half to break it open a little bit further, but we were actually 1-for-8 on those transition opportunities. But it was all good in the second half, we did a better job finishing those transition opportunities, back-cutting for layups, I think we had three or four of those against their switching pressure. I was really proud of the effort our guys gave today. It's a really good feeling.
"I'll tell you what, they made some tough shots in the first. They were shooting 65% with about four or five minutes left in the first half. We ended up forcing a lot of turnovers. One thing that doesn't take into account the shooting percentage is when you force a lot of turnovers. Our turnovers compared to theirs was good. You saw we had 21 assists, 38 baskets, we really made a lot of good plays. Darren was terrific at both ends. I just love his pressure. Everything starts with Darren in terms of our defensive intensity. When he's on the ball, the way he has these past two games, we are a much better defensive team. He's really focused on that, we've made that a point. That's where everything starts, and I think he did a tremendous job this weekend."
"We got gassed there early in the game. The game was just going up and down, up and down, we were forcing turnovers... our guys were gassed. We actually practiced yesterday for about 30 minutes, which I rarely ever do, but I wanted to work on a few things. And you could see that the pace of the game early was really up and down so our guys got gassed. We subbed a little quicker than normal."
"I thought Alfred was terrific. Especially in the second half, the way he was chasing down rebounds. I love Alfred, I really do. I love how hard he plays, just the passion he brings. It's exciting. And the crowd appreciated, you could hear. We made a lot of hustle plays today. I told the team after the game, it brings a lot of pride for me to have the first UCLA championship teams honored here today, and to see our players represent that heritage the way they did. To me, that's really special."
"They're improved because they're healthy now. Leonard Washington is back. He creates a new dynamic, because of his rebounding and toughness. Gibson is a great shot-blocker. It's going to be a very tough game. They play different defenses and we have to prepare for that. But, you know, we have off until Monday, and, Go Steelers."
"Our defense has been really good at pressuring the ball. We've been very active off of the ball -- helping each other and creating opportunities. I thought Jrue Holiday was spectacular this weekend. 15 points, five assists, one turnover for the freshman guarding the other team's best player. And those guys are good, I'm telling you right now, Christopher and Goods are very good players. And I thought Jrue was terrific in both games... you can see he's really starting to come on right now and that's fun to see because he's a special talent."
"We're always pushing it. The times that you get stops, it's much easier. It's much easier to run when you're not in-bounding under the basket. We're forcing a lot of turnovers. The easiest thing is when you create a lot of havoc with your defense. I thought Alfred, in both games, was tremendous defensively. He guarded Boykin one night and Hill today... I wouldn't want him guarding me."
"Our guys are going to push it when the opportunity is there, and there are more opportunities when you get stops. I know it's boring, I apologize, but it's the truth, it's like a broken record: it starts with our defense. And then we're making plays for each other, it's like having two point guards out there in the starting line-up because Jrue has a lot of point guard mentality in his game."
"Well, I didn't know that quote would be emphasized so much, that was just kind of off-the-cuff. But, yeah, I'm very happy today. It feels good to win, and feel like the team's improving."
"Losing is adversity. I can't emphasize more, we have great kids in our program that are really good people. That's what you look for in recruiting. And when you have adversity, because there's so much expectation heaped on their shoulders, they handle that adversity very well."