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January 5, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Notes and quotes from Pac-10 coaches teleconference

Pac-10 men’s basketball weekly teleconference.
(Can you talk about Garland Judkins who is said to be transferring?)
“All of those reports are premature. When we release when a player goes that’s when it’s definite.”
(Is it possible this can happen?) “Garland is at home. His grandfather passed away.”
(Do you expect him the rest of the year?) “I haven’t had a chance to sit down with Garland and talk to his family further. Right now he’s at home because his grandfather passed away a few days ago. If any player in our program decides to transfer clearly we’ll make sure that you know and we’ll get the release.”
(Know anymore about Alex Jacobson?) “We got an MRI on Alex yesterday and the MRI was negative meaning that it was not disc related. However, he’s still very uncomfortable. A guy of his size who has any type of back issues, sometimes it takes a little bit longer to recover. He’s making progress. As we approach this weekend, we’re unclear if he can play or what role he’ll have, but he is making progress.”
— There’s not a day that goes by when Miller isn’t asked about Arizona’s 25-year NCAA tournament appearance streak. This morning he said: “The streak has no bearing what we’re doing here. We’re just trying to become a better team.”
(How do you think UW will play Friday coming off a loss)
“We’re focused on ourselves. We’re also coming off of a loss and so our energy is really dedicated right now to improving ourselves.”
(How have you overcome the loss of James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph?) “I really don’t think we’ve done that in totality. We knew we’d go through a transition this year. In the beginning stages of building our program to lose two NBA players of that caliber, it’s a pretty significant chunk to have to replace so quickly. So we have some young guys that we’re trying to integrate. Some guys who played with us last year have some different kinds of roles.”
(What’s your impressions on UW?) “Washington is a deep team. Extremely athletic. They’re lethal in transition. They finish all possessions by really putting pressure on you with the way they rebound.”
(What’s been the difference in Michael Dunigan?)

“What people don’t understand is Mike didn’t start playing organized basketball until the 10th grade. So he’s only really five years into his development right now. … The biggest thing is he’s changed his wortk ethic from when he came in the door to where he is now. He came in at 280 pounds. People don’t realize that. He’s playing now about 248-249. He’s taken the fat off and turned his body into muscle. He’s just going to get better and better as his confidence grows.”
“This is the first time that I’ve had what I would call a dominant presence inside. Again, he’s not there yet, but he’s heading to the point. He’s put together a pretty good string of games and pretty good numbers, but he has a long way to go to where he can get to a consistent level. When he starts doing stuff consistently, then I think you can call him a dominant center and he’s just not that yet. The fact that you can throw the ball in there and get some things done … I’ve had a long line big guys that have been projects and have not really developed as far along as where Mike is right now.”
(What do you know about Seattle U.?)
“They normally play an uptempo game, but everybody seems to be playing to our as of late. They get the ball up and down the court. They have some good players. We played against that kid (Chris) Gweth last year who had a good game against us last year. Obviously (Charles) Garcia is the guy that everybody is watching. Not only at our level, but that the next level. He’s going to be a force to deal with. Where we are, we have to really worry more about how we’re going to play.”
— O’Neill spent the majority of his time answering questions about the fallout from USC’s self-imposed sanctions on the men’s basketball team stemming from the improper recruitment of former Trojans star O.J. Mayo.
(Do you have a problem that the penalties hit the people that are left behind?) “It’s not fair, but when you think about it life isn’t fair. When it gets right down it, you have to deal with whatever your dealt. I’ve told our players move forward in a positive manner. … It’s tough to deal with . The guys that are left here were not involved in anyway. But that’s just the way it is. It’s a part of the business and we accept it for what it is. Even if we don’t agree with it, we can’t do anything about it.”
(How will sanctions affect their play?) “I would hope it doesn’t affect our play at all. … Not doing our job would be the worst thing in this whole situation.”

(How unfair would it be if the NCAA imposed further sanctions?)
“I don’t think that’s for me to judge. I’m certain the NCAA is going to take into account everything what I say. We just have to wait and see what their response is. Whatever it is, we’ll just deal with it.”
— Bone spent the majority of his time talking about the controversial ending to WSU’s loss to Oregon last Thursday.
(Is WSU going to file a protest?) “I don’t know at this time if we will or not. I know there’s been some discussions. That’s all I know.”
(Would the Pac-10 replay the game?) “No I don’t foresee that happening. I think it’s in the Pac-10’s best interest to let everybody move on. So that’s probably what will happen.”
(Does Landry Fields score too much?)
“To his credit, he’s been terrific for us. He’s been by in large part, very efficient. When he scores the way he scores, it’s really good for us. Of course we’d like to continue to add more guys and have more contributions. That’s the way we’d like to play. I don’t think any coach wants to have it so one sided with a guy scoring all the points. You want everybody chipping in and contributing. It creates a better balance to your team.”
(What was impressive about Oregon?)
Malcolm Armstead and Tajuan Porter controlled the game. They had the ball in their hands for the majority of the game. They had eight turnovers for the game. We try to pressure teams and they weren’t affected by it at all. Mike Dunigan had a very good game, 20 poitns and 14 rebounds. We watched film and he scored two points when they threw it into him. He had a running hook. The rest of his points were off of offensive rebounds and the guards feeding him the basketball. And that’s what made them so impressive. They played with so much poise.”
(Is it fair to say UCLA hasn’t played well?)
“We lost a lot from last year. We lost a lot from the year before that. We’ve got a very young team. Playing a lot of young guys. We’ve had some tough breaks for us, but that’s the way it is. I thought we played well against ASU in our first conference opener, then I thought our game against Arizona I was really, really disappointed just in our effort and our ability to be patient offensively. We’re going to have to play really smart and really tough to have a chance to beat people at in the Pac-10.)

(Is UCLA reloading?)
“It’s been tough, but there’s no excuse. We should definitely be more successful then we have been this year. It’s my responsibility. I take full responsibility for the fact that we haven’t lived up to our expectations. The expectations are always at UCLA. That’s the tradition and history of this basketball program.”
(What’s the status of Jorge Gutierrez?)
“He’s out. His knee is sore and he can’t play right now.”
(What did the MRI reveal?) “It showed the same thing as it showed last week. There’s no new damage. He has a meniscus issue. … It’s very sore. It’s not going to require surgery. It’s just a matter of getting back to where he can do the things he needs to do on the court.”

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