What they're saying

2011-03-23T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T19:13:12Z What they're saying Arizona Daily Star
March 23, 2011 12:00 am

• "They play with great intensity on defense; they have size. They have such a great identity on defense of taking you out of what you normally do. Taking care of the ball, and making sure that whatever we run, we run hard, and that we try to get great shots. Easier said than done, but their defense really feeds their offense, and their defense, as it feeds their offense, they get those three-point shots going, and you've seen it almost a hundred times, that's how they do teams in, many, many times." Arizona coach Sean Miller, on Duke

• "Of course it's a big game, it's probably the biggest game of our college career right now - the Sweet 16 against Duke, a No. 1 one seed. It's a big game, and I try not to think about it because I know how I get when I get hyped up. I just try to stay levelheaded about the whole situation." Arizona guard MoMo Jones, on Duke

• "The very first challenge, though, is that they're well-coached. They play hard. Derrick (Williams) has got to be a first-team All-American. I don't know how he didn't get he publicity … when he goes to the line, he gets his team to the line. He gets the bonus and double-bonus. He gets more points that he doesn't get credit for, for his teammates. They can shoot the ball. It's not like you can just double and leave people. They're very well-rounded." Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, on Arizona

• "(Williams) was the best player in their league, and he was their go-to guy. We have to lock in on him, and guard their other guys, too." Duke forward Mason Plumlee, on Arizona's Derrick Williams

• "Just try to be the toughest team out there. Just be intense and meet their level of aggressiveness. We want to be the toughest team out there, and just do what we do. As reserves, we just want to fill in our spots, play our role, and we try to do our best. It's kind of tough to get into the flow of a game, sitting down for five to 10 minutes, but we come in focused and ready to do our part. We practice every day, and if we're open, we'll knock down a shot." Arizona guard Brendon Lavender, on the Wildcats' role in the Sweet 16

• "We're playing one of the best teams in all NCAA history. It's a good program, but so are we. We came to win, and hopefully we'll leave here with two wins. … Every team that comes here has one goal in mind, and that's to win. You want to do anything you can to win." Derrick Williams, on playing Duke

• "He's one of the most talented players in the country, a guy that not many teams have been able to stop. We've been game-planning to find ways to defend him well, keep him off the free-throw line and other things. … Obviously, he's a very talented player. We'll be ready to guard him." Duke forward Ryan Kelly, on Williams

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 9 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 67-78
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 60-55
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 60-55
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
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