Dec. 23, 2010
BERKELEY - California head coach Mike Montgomery
On the physicality of the game
"I think, obviously, both teams responded and reacted to the other team. We went out and we wanted to try and compete. Some stuff happened and there was reaction both ways. No, I did not expect that. We were trying to compete, we were trying to do what we needed to do to compete. We've got some guys that tried to take care of themselves out there, and it ended up costing us with Jorge getting his fourth in that situation. It ended up hurting us, but of course, they ended up losing one of their kids too on the ejection."
On the shooting problems
"The free throw situation is scary because we were getting to the basket and getting foul calls and then we weren't getting anything out of it. We had 14 foul shots which are 14 points that we gave away.... Against a team like that you can't do that. You go down make a good play and you get to the basket and get the fouled, but you come away with nothing or one. That's discouraging. On the shots, they were 4-for-22 from three. We had a hard time getting the ball inside. They're big. They're able to front and get physical with us. We had a hard time getting it in. We turned it over sometimes when we did get it in. We didn't get any consistency with our inside. Kansas, I'm sure came in with the objective to take that away. We're going to have to be more patient, get better shots and get into rhythm. We have to start making eight of those shots instead of four."
On the positives
"Our guys will compete. They're not afraid. We've got to get smarter, obviously, and we've got to get a better performance. Basketball at the end of the day is a game of performance. At some point you're just going to have to make plays."
On Jorge Gutierrez
"You have to love Jorge. He's the greatest, but he's a stubborn son of a gun, and if you attack him, he's going to come back at you. It's just his nature; it's what makes him so good. But there are times that you have to recognize that you have three fouls and you can't afford to get a fourth. He takes things personally. He competes out there. It's not a bad thing, but you're not going to change the nature of who he is."
Freshman guard Allen Crabbe
On the three-point shooting
"Coach came in after the game and read us the stats and showed us that we were 4-for-22. I guess we have to do a better job at making shots or getting better shots so that we can have a higher percentage."
On the physicality
"It was two teams really competing hard and things just got tempered a little bit. I know both teams wanted this game. I know we did too because it was a big game for us, and we were prepared and playing hard. It just went the other way today."
On the feeling after the double technical
"It pumped us up. After that, we had a little run. It fired us up and the crowd got into it too, so that gave us a little spark for that run.
On what can be taken from the game
"We always play hard. That's our thing. Everybody's doubting us, telling us that we're not going to do very good this year. We want to prove people wrong. We want to put all we have out there every time we step out on the court."
Senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison
On the energy of the gym
"It was fun. It was a great environment. We've been waiting for this for a long time, so we were very excited about it."
On the physicality
"It was a physical game. I love to play physical. We were ready to play physical. We knew going into the game that it was going to be a physical game, so my teammates and I were prepared for that type of game. It was just physical. Two teams going real hard, and that was it."
On the momentum swings
"I don't know for sure. That's just part of the game of basketball. There are runs and momentum swings throughout the whole game. It was just back and forth. We just needed a couple more to seal the game."