Steve Alford

Steve Alford has most recently been quoted in an article called At halftime on Sunday, UCLA was on the ropes. Then Lonzo Ball took over. Steve Alford said, “I think his teammates play off that. That's not his role. We said from day one … 'Be who you are. Do what you do. [But] we haven't been rattled much. And when your point guard plays with that poise that ours plays with, I think it has a calming affect on everybody. There has never been panic in our locker room, or in a huddle. A lot of that has to do with demeanor.”. Steve Alford has been quoted a grand total of 15 times in 7 articles.

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He's been built for success, built as a winner, trained to be a winner all of his life, and showing a lot of emotion is not part of it. I think if you look at our team through 35 games, we've had teams make runs against us. We've been down before.

I think his teammates play off that. That's not his role. We said from day one … 'Be who you are. Do what you do. [But] we haven't been rattled much. And when your point guard plays with that poise that ours plays with, I think it has a calming affect on everybody. There has never been panic in our locker room, or in a huddle. A lot of that has to do with demeanor.

Things didn't click the way we wanted them to offensively in the first half. But there was no panic.

It's a very, very good basketball team. I think they're better now in March than they were when we played them in December and I think we're better than what we were in December as well. Makes for a great matchup.

I'm proud of him. For an 18-year-old to play in his first season of college basketball, and with the pressure on him … we're sitting here 15-17 last year, and now we're 30-4.

We've got to be true to who we are. We have to stay who we are offensively and defensively. Obviously there's a lot of pressure on him. He's got a huge following, so to perform at a high level all the time, that's not easy. That's what he's built for. He's built for pressure. He's built to excel in the toughest environments, and the toughest opportunities, challenges that are out there. He's done that time and time again.

You've got two teams that are used to winning all year long. So, obviously something has to give on Sunday. It's got all the makings of a great game, fighting to see who can get to the Sweet 16.

I love UCLA. I love Los Angeles. You're talking about arguably the greatest 'brand' anywhere on the planet, and we got things going at a very high level now and we're very excited about it. We're excited about being in this tournament and seeing what we can do in this tournament.

That's what Tommy does. Tommy can rebound the ball and Tommy can shoot the ball about as well as any center in the country. ... Obviously, there's a lot of guys on our team get a lot of recognition and Tom is due some recognition because he's a special player.

If you get a win at Arizona and at Kentucky (Dec. 3) in the same year, it's pretty special.

We're on a roll going into the Pac-12 tournament and into March. You want to be playing your best basketball, and I think we're playing our best basketball of the year right now.

I've got a really good group of guys to coach, they're a pretty good basketball team right now. We're trying to become a great basketball team, and that's a process. That's a journey.

I don't think there was anything about them today that was a feeling-out process.

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