March 11, 2010
LOS ANGELES -
California Head Coach Mike Montgomery:
On the game
This was definitely a game that we needed to win. We shot the ball well, and when we do that it makes us very hard to beat.
We defended well and I'm glad to say that no one played more than 30 minutes. I told the guys that I wanted to try to do that today, but I wasn't sure if that would be possible.
Now that UCLA has Reeves Nelson back, they're very dangerous. They beat us at home in a game that we thought would knock us out of the championship. Obviously, it didn't, but any time you play UCLA in Los Angeles, on their turf, you have to be ready and I know we will be.
California forward Patrick Christopher
On the abnormal tournament-style schedule:
For not having a lot of time for shoot-around before the game and not having a normal pre-game warm up like we would have at home or even on the road, I feel like we didn't have many problems. We rotated the ball well.
On playing against a zone
There are times when we struggle in the zone defense, but we got past that and did great against it today. We are playing some great basketball now, and I want that to continue.
California guard Jerome Randle
On the game:
There were a lot of great passes tonight. The guys were able to find me and I made the open shots I needed to.
UCLA plays a great zone defense. In order to overcome that, we are going to have to be unselfish and find the open man.
On the Pac-10:
It's great to represent the conference at the NCAA Tournament, but I don't think the conference is down. Sure we lose a bunch of guys every year to the NBA draft, but the conference is still very competitive.