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Arizona 70, Utah 61 - Postgame Quotes




Feb. 11, 2012

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Utah Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak
"The environment was terrific and our guys played their butts off. I thought in the first half they weren't getting those looks, then in the second half those guys were open. They shot 20 more free throws than us and we played zone the whole game, so I'm trying to figure that one out. They have a good team and you have to be that much better. I thought we had a couple of turnovers late where we stepped on the line or we had an errant pass...that's down to crunch time and we can't afford to have those little blips. But for the weekend for us, to be in two ballgames going down the stretch...little bit of uncharted territory. It magnifies the importance of making plays at that point. Now e have five games plus the tournament and I'm hoping we can put some of these lessons to good use."

On the effectiveness of Utah's zone defense
"Watching their man offense the last three or four games, it's a well-oiled machine, so I knew we couldn't guard them in man. So we were going to go down swinging [with the zone] and I thought the zone was good, I thought our guys were really locked in defending for the most part. We rebounded out of it, we just gave up a few too many threes. But that's kind of what you're willing to tolerate. Then in the second half we switched up some man and zone and I thought that was good. [There were] just a couple possessions here and there...it's a nine-point game but it wasn't really a nine-point game. It's a pretty fine line to making a play and having a different result."

 

 

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