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Oregon vs. Arizona State Postgame Quotes
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Release Date: 03/04/2014
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Head Coach Dana Altman
On Waverly Austin’s performance…
“Oh boy, he was the difference in the game, I know Mike’s (Moser) stat line was very impressive and Mike had a great game, but we got beat so bad inside the first time we played them and Waverly’s presence, just his activity, five blocks and 10 rebounds, just a great performance. As well as Mike played; I thought Wave was the difference in the game.”

On Waverly’s recent production…
“He’s getting an opportunity and taking advantage of it. To his credit when things didn’t go very well for him for whatever reason, he just kept going and stayed with us as a coaching staff and when he got his second chance he came back and has given us a lot. I feel good for him, the character he showed when things didn’t go well for him and I made a decision to go a different direction for a while. He didn’t quit on us, he didn’t quit on his teammates and he didn’t quit on himself so to see him play that well tonight, all his teammates were fired up for him and everybody felt really good for him.”

On what Waverly has been doing better…
“He’s practicing better, but I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t see this coming. The blocks, the change in shots and ten rebounds. I didn’t see that coming, just a really great performance and I feel really good for him.”

On the game…
“We weren’t going to shoot it as well as we did at the start, we hit every shot there to start the game. The energy was flowing, the crowd was great, we got off to a good start and the energy in the building was great. The students were good and it was a good night for us.”

On when Arizona State got within a few points…
I thought our guys kept their composure, our guys gave up a few easy baskets and then it turned and we got to the free throw line and guys finished them. They (Arizona State) are a good basketball team.”

On if the team is improving…
“We’re getting better. I still don’t think we’ve hit on all cylinders yet, I still think there’s a lot we can grow in to. We don’t have much time to do it, but a lot of teams would have folded at 3-8 and you just lost three games by two points, a lot of teams would have folded. We have great leadership and those guys in the locker room did a great job of staying together and pushing each other. It’s a really a testament to their character. I’ve said all along they are good guys and they’ve shown in. TO fight back from 3-8, I don’t think there are a lot of teams that would have done it and they’ve done it and I feel really good for them.”

On getting the crowd into Saturday’s game against Arizona…
“I just hope people realize our opportunity. Now Arizona it’s not going to bother them, they’re used to playing in front of big crowds. Sean Miller and Arizona have an unbelievable job of representing our league and getting our conference recognition this year. They’ve fought every challenge and they’ve lost two games at the buzzer and they are playing really good right now. We had a good opportunity to beat them at their place and we didn’t get it done, but they’re playing better now so we’re going to have to play a lot better than what we did at their place to put us in a position to win. They’re a good basketball team and I still think they’re the best basketball team in the country. We’re going to have to really play well and get some help from the crowd. It’s not going to affect them, but I hope it gets us fired up.”

 

OREGON PLAYER QUOTES

#20 Waverly Austin
On his performance…
“I’m trying to come out with a sense of urgency, because I know it’s my last year and I’m trying to make the NCAA tournament with this team. It’d be really special to do it two years in a row. Not many players can say they did that. I’m trying to give all I got for the team.”

“It feels good. Coach always tells me to be ready. Tonight, I had the opportunity to help my team out, so that’s what I did.”

On beating ASU…
“When we went to Arizona State, they started out with a run on us. So we had to pick it up and play aggressive by guarding and rebounding right away. We started out hot."

On preparing for Arizona…
“I feel like we match-up pretty well against them. We lost a close game last time we played them. We’ve been watching a lot of film, and I think we’ll do a better job this time around. I think we’ll be ready for them on Saturday.”

#00 Mike Moser
On the game…
“We played with a sense of urgency. We were diving on the floor for loose balls, picked up our defense, and everything’s just more intense than it was in January and February.”

“This was our most complete game. We played good D in the first half, and closed out the second half well. There are still some mental lapses on shooters and ball screens that we can do a little better on.”

“We’re trying to play like every game is an NCAA tournament game. Every game has a high sense of value to it. Saturday’s going to be the same, and next weekend will be too. We just want to keep playing as if we haven’t made the tournament. We’re still fighting for it.”

On Waverly Austin
“Wave’s one of those guys who stays positive through everything. You can see that type of energy and positivity coming right back to you when he’s out there.”

On beating ASU & preparing for Arizona…

“We’ve seen these teams and lost to them, so we played with a chip on our shoulder. It’s one thing to lose to a team and beat them the next time we play them, but it hurts to lose two times in a row. We definitely didn’t want that to happen, especially on Saturday.”

On the team…
“I don’t know if people remember, but we started out the season 12-0. We’re a team that’s capable of this, so it’s really not a surprise to any of us. We were just wondering when it was going to happen. We were in a drought losing some close games, but finally we turned it around. It’s funny that people are so surprised.”

“I’d say we’re better. The chemistry is better because we’ve been playing together for almost a year. Our defensive chemistry is way better. I’d definitely say we’re a much better team than we were in November.”

#21 Damyean Dotson
On beating conference opponents the second time around…
“When we played those teams, we played them at their house. A lot of calls weren’t going our way and a lot of shots weren’t falling for us. But, I feel like we’re picking it up now. We’re at home in front of our fans and we’re playing with a lot of energy. We were desperate to get a win, and now we want to keep it going.”

On looking forward…
“We still have a lot of work to do. We have to play our best ball right now, because it’s March. But,we’re just going to continue doing what we’ve been doing and focus in on the game ahead of us.”

“We need to work on defensive rebounding and playing hard with a lot of energy.”
 

ARIZONA STATE QUOTES

Head Coach Herb Sendek
Opening statement…
“It was a game of runs, and Oregon opened on a big one. They came out and hit us right between the eyes. Our guys did battle back. I thought they played with a lot of heart and competed. We played a very good basketball team tonight who played an excellent game.”

On Jahii Carson’s 28-point performance…
“After we got hit between the eyes, he really picked things up and had a terrific performance. He was making shots. I thought he played with a lot of fortitude.”

On Oregon’s post presence…
Mike Moser is a tremendous player. He’s clearly one of the best guys in the league and I know he has been playing terrific as of late. He goes out tonight and gets 22 points and 17 rebounds - he was a real difference-maker.”

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