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Arizona 68, Utah 64 Postgame Quotes

Feb. 17, 2013

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Utah Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak

On the comeback

“It was great. I thought Dakarai Tucker was a big lift- hitting a couple threes. The game gets a little bit complicated at times, but that’s how you win games and get back into games- you have to be able add up points. I thought that six points from three was huge. That gave us a little momentum.”

Comparing the halves

“I thought it was kind of a tale of two halves. The first half we did a great job on the glass, but we just didn’t get them to miss enough shots. In the second half we were getting them to miss shots, but we didn’t get the rebound. In the first half I thought we missed a bunch of fairly easy shots. We were taken out of rhythm by a really good defensive team they were physical with us. In the second half I thought we got better.”

On how a game like this leaves you feeling

“I’m proud of our guys. It leaves me feeling like I want to watch the film and figure out- we had some mindless turnovers. But I was encouraged that we came back and were a couple of plays away from making it happen.”

On keeping Loveridge out with early foul trouble

“We went with a couple of bigs early. It certainly hurts our plan a little bit. I thought the other guys stepped up pretty well. It didn’t kill us. I thought the guys that got an opportunity to play that maybe wouldn’t have without that foul trouble stepped up and did a decent job. The energy that Jordan brings, we missed it a little bit.”

On the bench’s play

“That was a good crew. I thought Glen gave us a big lift defending, taking care of the basketball and getting us some shots. The thing that killed us was giving up the second shots.”

On why he chose to play Dakarai

“His length and his ability to guard out there were the two reasons. It’s been a situation where we’re trying to figure out between Justin and Dakarai who that wing is going to be coming off the bench. He has been practicing his rear end off too, so good things happen for him. He was really active and his length helped us against that team.”

Utah senior Jason Washburn

On why they weren’t able to come all the way back

“When you’re in a close game, guys have to step up and make shots like we did last game. We just couldn’t do that this game. We had a couple of calls that really didn’t go our way, and we didn’t step up and make shots when we really needed to make them and we didn’t get stops when we needed to get them. It is a simple game. Those are the three things that make or break basketball games.”

 On what it would have meant to beat a top-ten team

“Obviously it would have meant a great deal. After coming off the big win against ASU, to beat the No. 9 team in the country, it would have been big. More importantly, we need to get those consecutive wins that keep evading us. We fought, our team fought until the very end. We got down big in the second half, came back and we just came up short.”

Utah freshman Dakarai Tucker

On the comeback and the team on the floor during the run

“We just wanted to push the ball, keep playing and not give up because that was just coming down to crunch time. You want to get your stuff together because you don’t want to mess up.”

Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller

“I thought in the first half our defense was as good as we have played this year. When you look at Utah in the first half, they shot only 37 percent from the field and made two three-pointers. Most importantly when you play really hard together, you don’t foul. Utah is an excellent free-throw shooting team and we only gave them three chances in the first half. “

“The second half was much different; they made five of eight threes and got to the foul line 15 times. To me we wore down and weren’t responsible with the lead. We didn’t try to smother them and break it open. Instead we fouled and gave up open shots. We keep putting ourselves in the same position this year, which is a one-possession game going down to the end. For our team it is a matter of where we go from here. As you know, winning on the road is hard, and what Larry has done with this team is remarkable. I don’t think any team in our conference enjoys the trip to Utah because they know it is going to be a tough battle. We are happy with the win, but our team continues to make the same mistakes we made two months ago and we have to get better as we move forward if we want to accomplish something special in March.”



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