Mora's Sunday Teleconference

Mora's Sunday Teleconference

Jim Mora review the tape of UCLA's big win over Arizona Saturday night, talks about the weather up in Pullman, and talks about the value of last week's practices...

Q: Is there an increasing amount of pressure with each game, as you continue to win?

A: No, I don't think so. Our policy is to take them one at a time, and we'll do that whether we win or we lose. So, we'll enjoy it for 24 hours or we'll lament over it for 24 hours, and then we move to the next one.

Q: Have you seen the forecast for Pullman this weekend?

A: No, and I don't care what it is. It doesn't matter. It is a complete and total non-entity.

Q: So nothing where you guys would be practicing with frozen balls or anything like that?

A: No, that's ludicrous. People don't do that.

Q: What were your impressions from film review?

A: Oh we played well. We played well in all three phases. We played focused, we played with a lot of intensity. We played with a lot of passion and effort. Like always, there were some things we have to do better. Some things that came up. Every week you figure some things out and some new things pop up. It's just an ongoing battle to get better and have some answers when issues arise. We'll learn from the good and we'll learn from the bad, and we'll try to apply it going forward.

Q: Is it harder to find some of the bad things after a game like that?

A: No, it's easier. It's always easier to be hard on your team after a win. That's a simple coaching philosophy that just about everyone applies.

Q: What were some of the issues that popped up?

A: Oh, there's always things that pop up. There are always issues that you need to clean up. That's just competitive athletics. There's nothing going to be, nor has there ever been, a perfect game from any two teams that are playing together in a highly competitive environment. It just doesn't happen. You've just got to identify things that you need to work on, look at the film critically, find them, present them to your players, try to explain how we can get better, and correct those things, and try to move on, so that's what we try to do.

Q: Throughout the week, did you notice the defense kind of clicking more?

A: No, not in practice, not really. I thought we had good practices. You know, part of the thing we try to do in practice is present problems for your players that they have to fix, that they  have to figure out. Force them into tough situations, force them into tough decisions so that when it comes to the game they feel a little bit more comfortable. At least that's always been my philosophy when coaching defense, to make the practices as difficult on them as mentally and physically as you can, so it's not a shock when you get to Saturday afternoon or Saturday evening or whenever you play. That's what we try to do. So that being the case, there's always going to be things that you've got to get corrected during practice. And when we practice at the tempo we're going to practice at, we don't give them a lot of time to figure it out, because in a game you're not going to have a lot of time to figure it out. Practices are just great because it's a learning experience for us. I feel our guys understand that and they approach it with the right mindset and it helps them get better.

Q: Do you think that's the best game you've seen from your defense this year?

A: I don't know. It's hard for me to even remember back to last week, quite frankly. I take the approach of one game at a time, each week's a different week. I don't necessarily go back once I put it away, and once I learn from it what I can learn from it, I don't go back in the can and think about past games. It's hard for me to even remember who we played three weeks ago. It was a good game, but we're always striving to get better.

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