UAB vs. Arizona

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NOTES

Second Round Game Notes

--Arizona has not lost a second round game as a No. 3 seed (4-0).
--Arizonas Hassan Adams matched season high with 10 rebounds&also recorded third double-double of the year&Arizona is 3-1 when Adams has 10 rebounds.
--Wildcats are 16-1 when Salim Stoudamire is the leading scorer&Stoudamire led all scorers Saturday with 28 points.
--Since NCAA Tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, Arizona is 9-2 in second round games played at a West site&Wildcats are 11-2 overall in second round games from 1985-2005.
--Wildcats improve to 17-2 when holding opponents under 70 points.
--UAB started the game 1-for-19 from 3-point range&entering the day, UAB was shooting 35.4 percent from 3-point range on the season&for the day, the Blazers attempted a season high 30 3-point shots&Blazers finished 6-for-30, matching a season low 20 percent.
--No. 3 seeds have placed at Boise four times and are undefeated in eight games at Taco Bell Arena&Wildcats join Florida State (1992), Utah (1998) and Maryland (2001) in advancing to the Sweet 16 from the Gem State.
--Arizona is 21-15 against current members of Conference USA&5-0 over the last three seasons.
--UAB fell to 8-5 when trailing at halftime& trailed at halftime in five of last six games (3-2 in those games.
--Sixth time in the last 11 years that Pac-10 has sent two or more teams to Sweet 16&In 1998, Arizona and Washington joined UCLA and Stanford in the Sweet 16 as the Pac-10 sent four teams.
--Blazers had nine first half steals&none in second half&had 10 or more steals in 24 of 33 games this season.
--22 point loss matches second largest margin of defeat for Blazers in tournament play&lost by 100-74 in Regional Semifinal to Kentucky last year.
--UABs bench contributed 24 points Saturday&Blazers are 12-3 when the bench scores 25 or more points&bench did not reach the 25-point mark in last 13 games&Blazers went 7-6 in those games.

QUOTES

Postgame Quotes

Arizona Wildcats (No. 3 Seed)

Senior Guard Salim Stoudamire
(on UAB defense)
They (the Blazers) played a swarming defense and I thought I was too excited and I tried to force the issue in the first half. Coach (Olson) did a great job of calming me down during halftime, told me to just be patient.

Senior Center Channing Frye
(on Arizona defense)
I think we played great defense. I think we kinda of tasted it. We wanted to go to Chicago and get in the Sweet 16 so bad. I think that we were totally committed to the defensive end and getting out on their shooters. The fact that people could come off the bench like Kirk Walters and Juwann (McClellan) and Chris Rodgers, give us quality minutes and quality buckets and defensive stops, its huge for our team.

(on Arizona guard Hassan Adams)
I think they (the Blazers) had a lot of emphasis on me and Ivan (Radenovic). But, Hassan is just a freak athlete. I think when he wants to go get the ball I think he can be one of the best rebounders in the country. I think he was just aggressive and I think once he got a couple of easy buckets, his confidence started getting up there. He took advantage of how spread out they were on defense. I think he is a huge match-up problem for people, especially out there on the wing with his athleticism and his ambidextrous abilities with his hands.

Head Coach Lute Olson
(on the game)
Just to begin with, there was a lot of guys that stepped up. We were in foul trouble, and Kirk Walters gave us 14 quality minutes in the middle. Not only scoring some, but the big thing was hit shot blocking and his challenging of shots, when they (the Blazers) did come to the inside.

(on Arizonas bench)
We knew we were going to the bench. I thought (Jawann) McClellan gave us quality time. Chris Rodgers played very well for us. (He was) a very key guy defensively, and in terms of rebounding.

(on Arizonas balanced scoring)
We felt all along we can score from not just five positions, but Jawann McClellan can come in and give us a big lift. Chris Rodgers can shoot the ball really well. In practice, the main thing with Chris is getting consistent minutes. I think that shot will be there, because he has been shooting it with rhythm in practice. With Hassan (Adams) the thing I try to get across to him is with Salim (Stoudamire) having a guy hanging on him the whole game, and when we set screens we need that guy to help. With Salim at his best, it really opens the court with driving.

Postgame Quotes

UAB Blazers (No. 11 Seed)

Junior Guard Carldell Squeaky Johnson
(on contrasting emotions)
I think its a positive for us as a team. As far as us juniors and sophomores coming back I think its a positive in things that we can learn from it, gain more experience. So, I think its a positive for us.

(on UABs defense)
I think our shots just werent falling, so it made them (the Wildcats) look better on offense. If our shots would have been falling, I think our score would have been even and it would have ended up being and even fight down the stetch.

Senior Guard Donell Taylor
(on UAB poor shooting)
We had open shots, but they felt good going up when they left our hand. We just couldnt knock them down. They (the Wildcats) played pretty good defense on us but when we attack the zone we would find the open guy but the open guy just couldnt hit the shot.

(on difficulty playing defense when shots arent falling)
Its not that difficult, its just that we feel like we have to make a play then we arent making our shots. Then they (the Wildcats) come down making their shots so we kind of rush our shots then the next time down try to get the ball to a man in a certain spot and we end up turning the ball over.

Head Coach Mike Anderson
(On the game)
It wasnt in the cards for our basketball team today. We couldnt make shots and when you dont make shots you cannot get into your defense.

(On Arizona)
They (the Wildcats) had an answer every time we made a run. My hats off to them. They are an outstanding basketball team. They won 28 games and theres a reason why.

(On this years emotions compared to last years)
When it looked like we were not even going to be close making it to the tournament by the prognosticators, we make it to the Big Dance. Theyre (Arizona players) competitors, theyre winners. So what took place last year (making it to the Sweet 16), in their mind, is going to take place again.

(on his team)
They overachieved there is no question about it. These guys laid it on the line. I thought the nation saw a team who left it out on the floor.