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Utah 104, Willamette 47 - Postgame Quotes

Nov. 9, 2012

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Utah Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak
"I was pretty pleased with it overall. I thought we had pretty good execution. For the most part we got the ball inside. We had a couple of our best possessions, where multiple guys caught it. I still get hung up on the turnovers. We executed, we got the ball inside. We were willing to make the extra pass for the most part. If we didn't turn it over we got pretty good shots. I thought we had a good week of execution. But, the reality is we had a sizeable advantage size-wise at every position. The result is that we should get the ball inside and get some plays. It's encouraging. We got some guys that scored double- digits, and got guys some confidence. When you score 100 points it kind of looks like an NBA box score."

On the play of Utah's freshmen
"I thought Jordan was pretty solid, if we could get rid of some of those possessions in the second half. But, he's got a nose for the ball. He gets after it on the glass pretty well. I thought Justin gave us some good minutes. Brandon ran the club, hit some shots, got us into what we're doing."

On taking charges
"We talk about it a lot. We haven't done a take-a-charge drill yet because we keep getting multiple guys taking them in games. To me, it's the best play in basketball. A blocked shot is always fun for the crowd. If you think about the factors involved with a charge, it puts a foul on the player and maybe he takes a less aggressive tone the rest of the game. It takes a lot of courage to step in. In the NBA Finals, the teams that are advancing are the teams that taking charges and willing to give themselves up. I think that's going to be big. I think the number of charges in a game has a correlation with the team that's winning games."

Freshman forward Jordan Loveridge
On his performance
"None of us really hunted shots tonight, we let the game come to us. Coach put us in positions to get some shots, and fortunately we knocked them down."

On the freshmen starting their collegiate career so well
"I knew all of us...from living together, and through practice...I knew we would have a big impact on this team. I knew it was possible for us to get big numbers, and just give us chances to win."

On the identity of the team compared to last year
"We just wanted to get off to a good start, showing the fans that they can have confidence in this team, and have confidence in the direction we're headed. We just wanted to come out again and play defense. We just want to guard people."

Freshman guard Justin Seymour
On the team's identity
"I feel like our identity is changing. We're starting to become more of a hard-working team. We're starting to become like a family, and not let other things outside of our program affect us."

Willamette Head Coach Kip Ioane
"No matter what you've got to give [Utah] credit. The Utes are huge. There is size in the Pac-12. They are one of the bigger teams in the Pac-12. That bothered us. A lot of our shots, if you take a look at a lot of our guys, they typically are 50-percent shooters, it's just that extra length. At the same time, the crowd, the size of the arena, we got a little ahead of ourselves and didn't execute the way we are capable of. I'm not saying we should have won, they obviously are much better, but we could have put up a better battle in that regard."

"I think for Utah, they'll take a look at it as `we're doing what we're supposed to do, now let's take on the big boys'. It's hard for them in this setting, if they only beat us by 20, then they're not doing the right thing. If they beast us by 50, they're supposed to. So, I'm sure they'll take the win, do what they did, and will move on. For us, we take a look at the little things. In these types of games, you don't get exposed by big plays, you're exposed by little things. You don't block out, it's a dunk for them. In our league, that might be a layup or you can get away with it. So, it'll be a great film for us. It will be humble-pie Monday."



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