Oregon-Cal Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/21/2010

Jan. 21, 2010

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California Head Coach Mike Montgomery

On the overall performance of team
That's more like how we have to play. I thought that we came out with energy. I thought, defensively, we followed the game plan pretty well. I thought Omondi Amoke was great. I thought just going on the floor early after that loose ball kind of set the tone. We shot the ball well and we talked about that. We got it back on their heels a little bit. We can remember what that feels like and we shot the ball as a result of us being aggressive. To go in with a 28 point halftime lead is pretty good. We got a quick turnaround. Eleven o'clock game on Saturday to be able to rest some people and not have anybody play real heavy minutes, nobody get hurt, I thought it was a real plus all around.

On Cal's defense
We knew that they run a lot of ball screens and they run all their action to get to a ball screen from different places on the floor and space on the weak side. So, we tried to be aggressive on the ball screens and bring the weak side over, so any roller would roll into traffic, not feeling like if they couldn't get the ball off the side, then they couldn't get it over to the weak side anyway. We did a pretty good job of that. Omondi [Amoke] got a charge, Theo [Robertson] got a charge and we carried that out pretty well. We knew [Tajuan] Porter was a great shooter, we didn't feel like he got away from us. We talked about [Malcolm] Armstead and his ability to penetrate--we didn't let him get away from us. [Michael] Dunigan is a load inside. I thought the big guys did a pretty good job building a wall. So, all-in-all, not bad.

On Patrick Christopher's performance
Well, our three perimeter guys are all capable of putting up big numbers. They're all capable of scoring pretty big numbers. If two of the three are shooting the ball really well and we move the ball, then we're going to be hard to beat. If all three are shooting the ball, then that's just a bonus. But, Pat was very good. I thought what we did do a good job was go to him. He was getting a little tired and I said, `Hey, should we rest him?' And we kind of felt like, `Let's ride him as long as he can.' We weren't too concerned about the second half and numbers or points scored. That's not what we're worried about. We weren't as good in the second half, obviously, with a 28 point lead. We stretched it up a little bit. We weren't too concerned about that. Just the idea that when Patrick plays less than 30 minutes, I think that helps us in terms of Saturday.

On whether Jorge [Gutierrez] will play Saturday
Possibly. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent

On the game
That might have been one of the worst shooting performances I've ever seen an Oregon team shoot. I thought we had an excellent opportunity to take control of the game early because I did not think they (the Bears) were ready to play. We kind of game them life. We had stops, we had great scoring opportunities and when we didn't score they got to rolling and then their energy came and their confidence came and they got out in transition and played a great half of basketball. These guys (the Ducks) are going to be sick when they look at the number of open two-footers that they missed.

This is the first time that I've ever seen a team that has shot the ball so poorly as a team. It was a frustrating evening for all of us, so we're just going to throw the game out of the window and get ready to come back for Stanford because we have no where else to go but up right now, particularly on the offensive end of the game.

On what cost them the game
The game was lost for us on the offensive end of the floor because you've got to score. Your scoring puts pressure on them (the Bears). When you're not scoring and you're giving them a chance to get into a rhythm - and they are an excellent scoring team - there is just no way that you're going to win that game with the way that they shoot the ball if you're not putting points on the board yourself. When the ball didn't start to fall for us and they got on a roll, you knew it was going to be a long night if we couldn't score two-foot lay-ups in the paint.