Feb. 23, 2002
California Head Coach Ben Braun
"It really was a great effort by our team tonight. Stepping up under tough conditions and without Shantay Legans, I was really pleased how our team handled themselves."
"I thought our team was defensively committed to play tough against some pretty good players. It was our defense that let us win this game."
"Give a lot of credit tonight to Jamal Sampson. I think this game demonstrated how hard it can be to stop him from getting to the basket. I think Jamal felt responsible for holding people down as this team's defensive center."
"Our seniors showed you that they are winners. They knew our chances were good if we just came out and played hard and were supported by our teammates. Your four years go fast in college. They're four of the better years of your life."
"In the end, people who work hard are going to get their credit. We're getting a lot of satisfaction from playing our best. It's a credit to our team."
"I think our players are getting the idea about effort, and it's only going to get tougher in Arizona."
USC Head Coach Henry Bibby
"We didn't make easy shots. We tried to (make shots) ourselves individually, not as a team. We need to be on the same page."
"We didn't rebound the ball well. It doesn't help if you're not converting to rebounds. They were hitting a lot of high percentage shots from the floor and had a lot of easy baskets in the beginning."
"This is a good conference. Cal played well and wanted it more than we did."
"I thought Desmond Farmer played well tonight, as did Errick Craven. We depended on our three big men, Sam, David and Brandon."