Feb. 21, 2000
BERKELEY - Below are selected comments from Cal men's basketball coach Ben Bruan from his weekly media luncheon. The Bears visit Washington Thursday and 7 p.m. and Washington State Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Neither game will be televised in the Bay Area, but both can be heard on KABL Radio (960 AM) and KATD Radio (990 AM).
Looking back at last Saturday's loss at Stanford:
It's disappointing and it's frustrating because I think our team wanted to play so well. I think it kind of surprised out team. All of a sudden, we're down by that margin. But that's part of it. You have to hang in there. Stanford did play well. I can tell you that.
I think you have to put things in perspective. As a coach and as a player, you don't over dramatize a win and you don't over dramatize a loss. A big win is still a win, whether it's by 20 points or 30 points. A big loss is a loss. If this compounds and players play out of frustration, then it really is devastating.
On how he thinks Cal will respond this week:
We've had challenges for them all year long. It's a challenge emotionally. It's like getting off the canvas. You just got knocked down. Competitors get up and they compete. Others, lay down and feel sorry for themselves. Or worse, they quit.
If I know anything about our team, they're a get-up and fight-back kind of team. That's not predicting the outcome on Thursday. At least, I think we're going to play hard and we're going to go after it. The same thing happened to us after we lost the Washington game and came back to beat UCLA and USC.
It's a temporary setback. It's a hard setback, but it's one game. If you allow a loss to devastate you, then it can be a problem.