Jan. 2, 2010
California Head Coach Mike Montgomery
On the game:
I thought the guys did a really good job of doing what we asked them to do. I would
start with Theo Robertson guarding Landry Fields. We assigned him to Theo, and Theo
set the tone and the rest of the guys picked it up.
We had a great contribution off the bench and we defended very well. We were very patient on offense. We were patient, but we were getting great shots. They did a good job of trying to take Patrick Christopher away from the perimeter and we did a good job of making them pay inside for that. It was really a pretty good effort. We definitely defended well and intelligently, in terms of guys and their match-ups. It really was a good team win. Nice way to start the conference.
On the slow second-half start:
I thought we lost our mojo a little bit in the second half when we got to standing a little bit and that wasn't the way I wanted to start the second half.
On the team coming together offensively:
I think it's more about the fact that people are accepting the roles rather than everybody feeling like they have to go in and be the scorer. If guys will go in and just take what comes to them and do some of the little things. Omondi Amoke went in, for example, and we said "Omondi, you're going to have Fields now. We need you to take him.' He did a good job, and then all of a sudden, he gets a couple of finishes around the basket. Those kinds of things are what you need.
Not everybody is going to be your leading scorer, and it will move around. That's the thing that people have to be willing to accept. If everybody is willing to do their job, we can be pretty effective.
On Max Zhang:
Max is such a good kid. Max is a confidence guy, so he goes in and the first thing that happens is good for him and all of a sudden he's rolling. He's getting better. It's been talked about how he's only been playing since he was 15 and he doesn't have all of the nuances, but he is big and long. He got some offensive rebounds tonight where I don't think they expected him to be that tall up over the top. I was really pleased. And the crowd likes him. I think that had to be his best game ever here.
Stanford Head Coach Johnny Dawkins
On Cal's defense on Landry Fields
I thought they did a good job. They were aggressive, they moved their feet well and they did a good job of disrupting him. He's a terrific player and I think the more he can experience situations like this, the better we're going to be. He'll learn from it. That's something that I think will help us in the long run.
On the game plan:
We know Cal is a terrific three-point shooting team. They're very versatile. They have some size, but they can also go small. We wanted to contain their perimeter players and keep them away from the three point line as much as we possibly could. They're one of the best shooting teams in the nation; we just wanted to defend them. Offensively, we wanted to run our offense. We thought that we've been doing that pretty efficiently all year long and we wanted to continue to try to come down and play with some poise, keep good spacing, move the basketball and share it. At times, we were able to do it well, but we weren't able to consistently do it well enough.
On Max Zhang:
I've seen Zhang on tape and I knew he was getting better. I felt that way when I saw him on tape. He's long and he finishes well around the basket. He tries to drunk pretty much everything around the rim because he is 7-3. He's done a good job. I was not surprised that he contributed that way because he was working towards that in previous games.