Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament Quotes

March 10, 2005

UCLA Quotes

Head Coach Ben Howland

On Potential NCAA Tournament Chances: 'I think that we have had a very strong year. In the NCAA tournament you look at the overall campaign including how you played down the stretch. I feel good about our chances of getting into the tournament. We definitely don't want to leave this game with a bitter taste in our mouths, but were going to have to work to get us another opportunity. You have to give Oregon State a lot of credit, I think Oregon State played a very good game, you have to credit their players and their coaching staff for doing such an outstanding job. When you look at the first half they shot almost 60 percent, and we, we made a lot of errors...We're going to learn from this game as a team, we're going to watch the film as a team, and we're going to come back on Saturday for practice, and then wait around on Sunday, hopefully for some good news.'

On Overall Team Play: 'I felt that our attention to detail was a step slow defensively in the first half. We did miss a number of open looks, early in the game when we had a good chance to get off to a good start offensively, they got hot. It seemed like they made six or seven three's out of their first eight or nine shots. They really shot it well and got it going. They really developed some momentum. I'm proud of the way our team came back. We were down by 22 and we cut it to four. We had a real opportunity to win this game, but it's hard when you dig yourself into a hole like that.'

Dijon Thompson

On Falling Behind Early in the Game: 'We had no defense, that's it.'

On Oregon State's Game Plan: 'They didn't really do anything different than playing them last Thursday. They were just more aggressive, their defense was tighter today, but it was just the same thing.'

Jordan Farmar

On Feeling Overwhelmed in First Pac-10 Tournament Play: 'I didn't really feel overwhelmed, but like half the team was just out of sync. We started out a little anxious in the beginning. We missed easy opportunities. We tried to settle down, but basically we just didn't get into it on the defensive end.'

On Oregon State's Defense: 'I didn't really think that they (Oregon State) were doing anything differently. They came out with more intensity and more passion, and we, we missed a lot of easy opportunities.'

Oregon State Quotes

Head Coach Jay John

On Last Week's Loss to UCLA: 'Last week against UCLA we didn't take ball screens very well and during the second half against them, Jordan Farmar was able to take control of the game. He is very good and they have an excellent ability to execute ball screens. We also realized that we had to get a hand up on Dijon (Thompson).'

On Collecting a Road Win: 'Our guys have been getting better. We have had a lot of lineup changes because at the beginning of the season neither David (Lucas) nor Nick (DeWitz) were playing. If you go on the road you have to be congruent and have a cinergy between your guys. We've been getting better and we aren't quite over the hump but we got one tonight and that part is good.'

On Full Court Pressure: 'We have small guards with exception of Lamar (Hurd) so we try to pick up full court. We just wanted to make Jordan Farmar have to work because he is their engine. We didn't give him the opportunity to turn the corner because if he turns the corner he will rip you apart.'

David Lucas

On Keys to Victory: 'I tend to try to get low all of the time; I try to score down low. They were doubling me really hard. I missed a lot of shots, but the rest of the team went out there and played great. They took control of the game and got the win for us.'

On Foul Trouble: 'Our team has so much talent and depth to take over all of the time. I don't have to be on the court for them to be successful. We have a lot of players, and a lot of them like to fill my spot. That's what makes us so good. We played as a team. We played together and made that extra pass.'

On Playing Arizona: 'They are a great team. If we out rebound them, we'll be successful. If we don't have that many turnovers, we'll be successful. If we just go out there and play hard like we do at home and we did tonight, then we'll be successful.'

Nick DeWitz

On Road Losses: 'We struggled on the road all year, especially against the Pac-10. Everyone in the locker room focused on getting a road win. We're on a neutral court, but it's not really neutral because UCLA is fifteen minutes away.'

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