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FROM TUCSON — We've got our Pac-12 roundup, plus some more notes and quotes from last night. Lots of words. Keep reading.


First, we have our game story, our postgame update on Faisal Aden, and our capsulated overview of the game. … The Arizona Daily Star has this game story, and this sidebar on Aden's injury. Also, this “seen and heard” column. … The AP also has a recap. … Some more on the Mike Leach legal saga. … Missed this yesterday, but Greg Lee alerted me to a column in the Couer d'Alene Press about WSU linebackers coach Jeff Choate.

UCLA 76, Utah 49: It was a get-well win for the Bruins, while the Utes played selfish at UCLA's home away from home. Things got explicit at halftime.

Washington 60, Arizona State 54: The Huskies were sparked by a big-time dunk from Tony Wroten, but Arizona State still thought some improvement was shown.

Colorado 74, USC 50: The Buffaloes finally got a road win. USC is really, really bad. And banged up, too.

Here's a look at Oregon State's Jared Cunningham. … Chip Kelly says he never accepted the Tampa Bay job. … Stanford and Cal play each other on Sunday. Just how big is the basketball rivalry? … Washington and Colorado moved into a four-way tie for first place.

Some more notes and quotes from last night …

Here's a transcript of Ken Bone's postgame comments:

(On losing Aden) “The way Arizona played tonight I’m not sure it would have made any difference, but it ddetinitely didn’t help us because he’s really played good basketball as of late, scored the ball extremely well as of late and we needed more points to be in this game.”

(More on Aden) “You hate to see anybody get injured, especially when it’s a game ending injury that potentially is more than one game.”

(On Arizona's shooting) “I thought they executed really, really well, and there were times we did a pretty good job of taking away their interior but their bigs were unselfish enough to just kick it out to their guards for shots.

“I thought Arizona just shared the ball just extremely well, and it showed with … 23 assists? Holy smokes. That’s got to be a season high. That’s incredible. That’s just good solid basketball. That’s sharing the ball and not caring who gets the points. It’s hard to stop a team like that.”

(On Arizona's second chances) “They had their share of offensive boards. They had 12, we had nine. But that first half is when they had a couple put backs by (Jesse) Perry and (Solomon) Hill, big strong kids and they were tough to keep off the glass.”

(On Arizona's possession after WSU cut it to 13 in the second half) “I don’t recall whether or not that was the nail, but it was a big possession. We had a little bit of an opportunity there to cut  it down and we did, and if we could have got a stop and scored again, we had a little momentum. But they’re a tough team, and they were very tough tonight.”

(On if Aden's injury deflated the team) “Might have been. We count on Faisal quite a bit, especially the last couple games. He’s a great scorer. When he’s not on the floor and we don’t have that extra scoring presence, it hurts.”

(More on Aden) “Well, I’m not going to talk as if he’s done. I don’t know enough about it. He sprained his knee. It’s possible he’s palying Saturday. I’ve heard of guys spraining their knees before and they bounce back. I doubt he will, but I’m not going to talk about, oh, this could be it for Faisal Aden. I have no idea.”

(On what his value has been to the team) “He’s a good scorer. Faisal’s a good scorer. He’s always been a good scorer.”

Some comments from Marcus Capers …

(On WSU's defense) “When you can’t get stops, the team’s just going to raise and score on you. We pretty much got sliced and diced. They were hitting shots, momentum was on their side, they played with a lot of confidence as we do when we’re at home. We just didn’t sustain the energy we had in the first half.”

(On why Arizona was able to get so many looks) “It’s a lack of communication, we shifted real slow. When a team's hitting shots we’ve got to know we’ve got to shift fast and who’s hot. Kyle (Fogg) and (Brendon) Lavender, they went off … Me being a defender, I'm not really happy about that. As a team we’ve got to learn to play as a team. We’re pretty young so once everybody gets that in their mind that we’ve got to play as a team to win games, then it won’t be that big of a problem and we won’t come in here and get smacked by 30 plus, 20 plus.”

(On Aden's injury) “I felt like when he got hurt, other players had their own mindset. When you’re having games like this on the road, you’ve got to play it possession by possession. Even me a couple times, I was trying to get everything done in one possession. This is not a football game whre you can sit down, stop, set the play up. We’ve got to constantly do it. They did a great job of moving the ball in transition and getting open threes.”

And DaVonte Lacy …

(On if Aden's injury affected them) “We were wondering about him and stuff but it happens. You can’t bank this loss on Faisal going down. We should have just stayed together. They came out and hit, what, 15 threes? And we only had 18 field goals. They shot the lights out. 15 for 26, that’s an amazing percentage from three. They played very well.”

(Was Arizona just hot, or did you not defend well?) “I think it was both. I think we were slow to get there but they also knocked them down. We got there a little bit slow sometimes and they knocked it down. Sometimes we were there and they just hit it. Sometimes it’s hard to play against a team that’s on fire.”

(On replacing Aden) “I think we have a team. Faisal’s really good but I think if we play together as a team, if someone drops, someone will step up. … We’re not going to step up and replace him by one person. We need to replace him as a team effort.”

And Brock Motum …

(On getting outmuscled by Arizona) “Playing on the road, we need  to be tougher. They had a good interior presence. I thought we could have matched them inside but they came out more aggressive, they threw the first punch and they had the upper hand from the start.”

(On Arizona's defense causing problems) “I think we executed pretty well at the start. We just didn’t hit some shots and on the other hand they hit a lot of shots. I don’t want to say that affected our offense but when our defense is doing really well usually that leads to the running and good offense. … Us missing some quick shots and them coming down and converting, that made it hard to claw back.

(On losing Aden) “His presence on the court, he’s another scorer out there they have to guard, they can’t all just sink in the key. It’s hard to replace someone — especially the week he just came off. It’s hard to replace the scoring load.”

(On the game being chippy) “Both teams were just playing hard. It wasn’t anything other than that.”

All for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple


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