California Men's Basketball Press Conference
Jan. 2, 2012
CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH MIKE MONTGOMERY
On Oregon State's zone defense
"They look to be primarily man, but they will use a 1-3-1, some, to try to get a swing, but I think [Craig Robinson] is trying to establish themselves as a man-to-man team. That's different. They've got different personnel. They play big, and they're physical, with [Angus] Brandt, [Devon] Collier, and [Joe] Burton."
On OSU junior G Jared Cunningham
"Cunningham's a good player. He's explosive. He's just really hard to guard because he's so explosive, first step. He gets to the basket, and rises up, and he's had huge games. He's a guy you have to pay attention to."
On the health of Cal's roster
"Well, Richard [Solomon] is still a question mark. If he can't play, it doesn't make much sense to take him. He hasn't practiced, so we'll see what happens today, tomorrow, and the next day."
On Cal's Sunday day off
"We've had about three days off in the last eight weeks. We are entitled to a day off. In all rights, we play Thursday, Sunday, this week, so we could have taken today, really. We're going to trim it down, a little, today. It's a long season, so taking a Sunday off, that's about the first one we've had in a long time."
On the availability and health of freshman G Alex Rossi
"He's practiced. He's going to have to get productive in practice. He plays the same position that Allen [Crabbe] plays so you'd like to see him do some of the same things that Allen does. He's practiced, though, and he doesn't seem to be taking too many ill effects from it. He's stepped out, a time or two, but I don't know that he's ready to play yet."
On transfer players in the Pac-12 Conference
"That new rule with the graduate school thing. It's rare, but it does come up. If you keep your eyes peeled, there's an occasion where you will find a kid that red-shirted and all of a sudden had three really good years. I'm sure there's a lot of recruiting that goes on with kids like that; kid's a pretty good player that's got a year left, but has to go to graduate school to be immediately eligible, which is the kid that Oregon's got [Joseph DeVoe]. He's pretty good. I'm sure he's not the only one, but he's the one that comes to mind because he's coming up, this week."
On whether he was surprised that Oregon State went 0-2 in Washington
"Washington is a tough place to go. Washington beat Oregon. It's a tough trip. A lot of people are going to have problems, up there."
On Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak
"I called him once. He wasn't there. I talked to his assistant Andy Hill, who was a Montana guy, as well. That's a tough, tough, deal. [They] inherited a tough situation. I don't know what's going on, but you get beat by 40 at Colorado; that can't be much fun. Again, I don't know. I watched a little of it. They were hanging. They weren't going to win, but they were hanging."