Jan. 6, 2013
Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak
"It certainly feels like a bit of déjà vu. Make shots. That’s what we have to do. That’s what we’re not doing. I’m convinced we’re going to catch some breaks. But we just have to continue to bring it and some of those shots are going to go in for us.”
On the team's play at the end of the half
"We made shots and had consistent stops. We made eight stops in a row on the defensive end and then we went into the lockers down seven. We talked at the under-four media timeout about this being the moment of truth. We could either fall behind by 16 or keep fighting and get stops and make some shots. It's not as complicated as people want to make it. We played good defense and we had been rebounding well until today really, but we have to make shots."
What happened at the beginning of the game
"We were stagnant and had some deer-in-the-headlights looks. Sometimes it is a misconception that you don't have to play hard on offense, but that's what we were doing. We were not cutting or screening aggressively. We were not defined with what our actions were, just standing around. We had to be more definitive with our moves."
On what this trip does for the team
"It gets us prepared. We have played a bunch of close games, nail-biters this week and with BYU come to mind. The experience we have gained, hopefully, helps us get one down the line. We aren't bummed out. We have a great bunch of guys that want to get back in the saddle and stay after it. I don't fear our guys losing confidence. They know we are on the right path."
Senior Jason Washburn
"It's extremely frustrating because we came so close the past two games, When our team plays well enough to win on the road against the No. 3 team in the country and it's taken away from you, I have no words for that."
If he feels the team will grow from this result
“Our guys fought. We kept believing. That’s a very talented group of guys on Arizona’s team. We got close. We felt we could win and we had the shots. They’re just not falling when we need them to.”
On the team's mindset moving forward
“Same story as Wednesday. I thought our team played well enough to win. I thought our guys really fought. You get that close and it’s taken away from you ... I don’t have any words to describe it really.”
Freshman Jordan Loveridge
“A game like that, versus a team like that, it’s always going to be frustrating when you can’t come out with the win. But you know I’m proud of my team and that’s a good team. We’re getting better every day. This is not a step back because we lost. We’re still getting better.”
What happened at the end of the first half
"Coach just said we were not playing as hard on offense as we should have. We were worried about them on the other end of the floor and expending energy there. He just didn't want us to rest on the offensive end."
On why the defense picked up
"We have been harping on defense all week. We saw them on ESPN the other day and we know they're some of the best players in the country so we wanted to be up for the challenge."