Dec. 5, 2007
Head Coach Ben Braun
On whether tonight's 117-74 victory to bring Cal's record to 6-0 leaves no room for improvement for the team:
In the locker room after the game, I let our guys have it, defensively. But I was proud of the fact - the stats that I like looking at are things like assists. When your team can get 28 assists - there's different ways you can score, but when you get 28 assists, that means your people are passing the ball, leading to baskets, so I appreciate and I think our team is hopefully building up that precedent that we want to set each other up. I thought a number of guys on our team gave up opportunities to score for their teammates, and when you do that, you're going to put some points on the board. At the same time, you have to get some stops. I was pleading with our guys to get some stops. I thought their team did a really good job knocking down threes. That's probably as well as they've shot it. Probably the only complaint I have is just not getting back and doing a poor job of defending their threes, but other than that, our guys moved the ball, they got the ball in transition and played unselfishly.
On whether the Bears' offensive outburst signals an increase in point production for Cal going forward this season:
We're going down to Kansas State, and I don't know if you can always count on offense to step up. You've got to play defense. But if we can build on some of the things we did - I thought DeVon [Hardin] made some pretty good post moves tonight [17 points in 14 minutes]. Obviously, Ryan Anderson showed you that he's our scorer [23 points], and Patrick Christopher just was on fire and was able to get easy baskets [26 points]. I thought free throw shooting - for our team to knock down free throws [30-36], we want to build on that, because that's going to help us come crunch time.
On the play of Harper Kamp [16 points, 5 rebounds, 0 turnovers], one of five Bears to notch double digits in scoring:
Harper's been playing that well for us, and to get that kind of performance from a freshman is outstanding. He's everything we thought he'd be, maybe more. He plays hard, he's got a great intellect on the court, he's pretty ferocious inside, he can take a beating ands he can give one out, so I really like what he's doing. But he's also showing the finesse side. He leads our team in free throw shooting, which is saying a lot, and he also went and got some boards in his 22 minutes of play. So, great to get his effort.
On what may account for better ball distribution by Cal tonight [28 team assists]:
I thought the way we handled pressure was better. We knew they were going to come out and double-team our point guard. They set up a couple of half-court traps. I thought we threw over the top of the press a couple of times, and that's one way you beat pressure. Our team's getting a mentality now that when teams pressure us, we want to go to the basket, go the rim or at least spot up and get some outside shots, threes. We did that. Every time they pressured us, we ended up converting. Same thing happened against Missouri: when we beat the pressure, they backed the pressure off and we able to run our stuff.