Postgame Quotes: California vs. Colorado
March 10, 2012
HEAD COACH MIKE MONTGOMERY
On Colorado’s defense
"The ball didn't move. We got stuck. They did a really good job. They got juiced up. They are a good defensive team, they're really athletic. Roberson is really good. he protects the paint. Any time we tried to get penetration, he changed shots and that hurt us. We just couldn't get open. They did a good job on Crabbe. We missed some free throws. We talked about the way we defend and what we need to do. We had a hard time the first time. We talked about it and tried to find some solutions and we went down there and didn't really do that and then we came here and didn't do it again."
On if the team was ready to play
"To be honest, I'm kind of tired of hearing that. What are we doing? What's the point? How can you come out and not be ready, I don't get that. Obviously, we looked like we weren't ready, we get down 12-2, it looked like we were on a walk in the park. Why would you possibly feel that way. You're in a tournament where you get three games to win it. That's you objective, to try and win the tournament. I don't get that.
On getting into the NCAA Tournament
"Look, what do you need to do? 24 wins. Single-digit losses. We have a decent RPI for whatever that means, we have three wins in conference over the three top teams. What do we need to do? If you can't make it with 13 wins in this conference and you can't make it with 24 wins overall, then I don't know what we need to do."
David Kravish, Fr. F
On if he looks at predictions for the NCAA Tournament
“A little bit. I mean, you look at it a little bit. The Pac-12 is a good conference, no matter what everybody says. Colorado is a great team. Oregon is a great team. Stanford is tough. Washington is a great team. There are a bunch of great teams in this conference, despite whatever the bad reputation is, it is a great conference full of teams ready to compete and play hard every game. Obviously we won 24 games and 13 conference games, so that is a pretty convincing argument to make the tournament.”
On if he will be nervous the next few days
“I mean I would have been nervous win or lose tonight. The fact is that it is in somebody else’s hands, but we did what we needed to do to make the argument to get in the tournament.”
Allen Crabbe, So. G
On Colorado’s defense
“It was really difficult for us because every time we played them, we have only scored in the 50’s. They just do a good job of playing team defense. We just have to play better on offense, but you have to give them credit.”