Cal-Oregon Postgame Quotes
Jan. 10, 2008
California Head Coach Ben Braun
"When I talk to the guys after the game, I like bring up the positives and the negatives. We out rebounded them 38 to 28, held them to only 21 percent from the three-point line, and I think we challenged a lot of their shots really well."
"I think we really hurt ourselves off the turnovers, which led to points for the Ducks. Off our turnovers, they had 17 points and that's recognition of poor decision making."
"We also had the opportunity to play well inside but we couldn't finish. We had 10 missed lay-ups and if you're going to miss at least come away with the foul. I don't think we were posting up as strong as we needed to be."
On this Oregon team compared to lasts year's team:
"They have a lot of explosive players. Maarty Leunen is a smart player and always seems to make the right play at the right time. Malik [Hairston] and Bryce [Taylor] are both solid and clever players. They still have a very explosive team."
Sophomore F Ryan Anderson
"Oregon is a good transition team. They get rebounds, look down court and throw it up quick. They go to the gaps and get it to the open man."
"They took us out of our offense and got in our passing lanes, they knew out stuff and were well prepared."
"It was big for us to go on a run, especially on their home court. We were coming back in the second half, but after Malik hit his three in the corner, it seemed like it was over."
This is just a tough place to play. The crowd really gets into it and knows everything about you. It's just great experience for us because the Pac-10 crowds are all tough especially as the season goes on."
Sophomore F Patrick Christopher
"When you play in an environment like this, it's tough. This is one the hardest places to play and we got off to a bad start. It was an up and down game the whole time but when Malik hit that last three in the corner, that was the dagger."
Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent
"It's great to come back to Mac Court. I think we were a little bit jittery in the first half. We made some adjustments on the defensive side of the ball."
In the second half:
"We did a much better job of attacking their zone. We pounded it in a little more and got into a rhythm."
On Cal's 22-6 second-half run:
"You learn how to play with a calm on the road. I thought our poise was really good. We've been there before."