Lute OIson Press Conference Quotes
Jan. 13, 2004
In terms of recap on the Stanford game, it was a matter of an experienced team that was patient vs. a young team that was impatient. In the first half, we had a lot of good shots - lay-in-type shots - that we should have made. On the perimeter, anytime a team plays as solidly as Stanford does defensively, instead of taking three passes to get that open look, it may take seven passes. In the second half, we were better with our effort, but when you give a team a 13-point lead, you are going to have a problem.
As far as this week is concerned, USC is a team that is going to play very aggressively. Defensively, they go for a lot of steals. You had better protect the ball. We have to play very aggressively and be strong with the ball. They do a lot of one-on-one on offense. Their guards take the ball to the basket very aggressively.
(Desmon) Farmer is very aggressive offensively. He loves to put up the three. If you look at the stats, most of his shot attempts are three-point attempts (110-of-185). The other problem they create is that (Rory) O'Neil is a 46 percent three-point shooter and they bring him down in a trail on a lot of things. If the defender gets buried in the lane, he can really shoot it. Most of the time, he's out setting screens and rolling out to the three-point area, and that is something we'll have to take away.
The (Errick and Derrick) Craven twins and the (Lodrick and Rodrick) Stewart twins are all drivers and penetrators. If they get one-one-one at half court on a semi-break, they are taking it to the basket.
With UCLA at this point, they are playing as a team. There has never been any question about the talent that they have. The talent is there, and I think Ben (Howland) has done a great job of taking that talent and focusing on team. They are very sound defensively. They are more of a containment-type of defensive team. It is an important trip for us.
Do you learn something special about a team after a tough loss?
We've had a couple good practices (since Saturday). Where they really learn is from tape breakdowns. You can talk until you are blue in the face and maybe someone won't accept that. But when they see it on tape, it's a whole different ballgame. We'll learn from that as we've learned from other games. The biggest thing you take away from it is that the better the team you're playing, the more patient you have to be for shots to present themselves.
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