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Utah 72, Oregon 62 Postgame Quotes




March 9, 2013

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Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak

Overall thoughts on the game

"We made plays at the right time. We finished the half off on a right note. We were a little bit shaky coming out of halftime; they put us on our heels. We lost some of our lead, gave up some turnovers and let them have offensive rebounds, but we have a really resilient group that fought back and made some plays. This was probably the most physical we have played since we were back in Eugene, which is why they have won a lot of games."

On the improved rebounding

"Last time we played Oregon, we got beat on the glass 41-19, so it didn't take a lot of motivation for our guys to know that is where it was going to happen. We met that challenge. When I watched the Stanford game last week I realized we weren't playing hard enough. We had three really good days of practice playing smash mouth basketball and I thought that really showed in the wins this weekend."

Heading into the Pac-12 Tournament

"I think the key for us is to take a page out of what we have done the last couple games and use that in Vegas to capture some of that energy."

On the state of the Ute program

"I think we are significantly further ahead than we were a year ago. I feel like things are clicking and we have many options. The guys are playing together and moving into the next phase. We still have a long way to go, but it would be crazy to say we are not a bit better."

Senior Cedric Martin

Overall thoughts on the game

"We came out aggressive and showed a lot of energy. We pressured them on defense, made shots and the crowd got into it which got the adrenaline going and we played off of that. We set history again by beating a ranked team in the Pac-12, but our real goal is to keep this streak going in Vegas and go as far as possible."

On career at Utah

"I am grateful to be here, I don't regret my decision to come here. I know basketball is going to be short term for me because of how my body is feeling. It felt good to play this game in front of our fans and I believe we still have a lot more basketball to play in Vegas."

Senior Jason Washburn

On his Senior Day experience

"Those people in the stands, I feel that it was right that I gave them their due credit and show my appreciation to them for all the support that they have shown me in my career here. I couldn't have scripted it any better for the way it ended here. Our seniors came out all fired up and I think our young guys did too; they wanted this just as badly as we did. It was not only senior night, but this is the first time we won back-to-back games in the Pac-12. We took down a giant and a top-25 team and it couldn't have been done in a more spectacular fashion."

Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman

On the bad start to the game

"Well, they really took it at us that first half, and the boards. I'm really disappointed defensively. They shot 65% and killed us on the boards, and we never recovered. We got it back and had our opportunity- missed a lot of free throws there, where it really would have made it a close ball game and put a little more pressure on them. So we just didn't make the plays. First half it was defense and rebounding. Second half it was free throws and a couple non-stops that we didn't get."

On Oregon's low energy level

"We didn't play with the energy, the purpose, focus that we needed to. In games like this every possession counts and we didn't get to the ball quick enough a number of times."

On mentally bouncing back

Colorado lost two games I think last year, and bounced back and won the tournament. Two years ago we lost our last two games at Arizona State and Arizona, we came back and played well. So it's mentally just not letting your season go down like that. I don't want to be defined by those last two games because we're better than that."


 

 

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