Stanford Head Coach Mike Montgomery -
Opening Statement: We certainly had our chances and like our other losses this year, we weren't able to complete the game. Arizona upped the tempo, we broke down offensively and we could not rebound the ball. We had opportunities and nice looks inside like the layup when the game was tied 75-75 that we didn't finish. We need to finish those. Arizona played with a lot of poise down the stretch. We needed one or two plays and we just couldn't get them. We need to get tougher mentally and learn from these experiences.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson -
Opening Statement: This was a great college basketball game. Both teams put out tremendous effort on the court. All you had to do was look around when there was a loose ball at how many players were on the floor. Getting to our defensive boards went much better in the second half. Luke Walton's defensive job on Casey Jacobsen in the second half was a key. Luke made him work for everything he got. Curtis Borchardt was truly outstanding. I am very pleased with Channing Frye too. We wanted to force Borchardt out of the lane so that we could drive down and not get everything rejected.
With Stanford and Arizona being such similar teams, was the game coming down to the wire appropriate?
Yes, and I think our freshmen really stepped up. Defense is not something freshmen come in and do well, and it's not something three people can do well, it has to be a concerted effort. But when it comes down to the teams that will always be in contention for the Pac-10 championship, Stanford will always be in the mix.