Jan. 26, 2008
California head coach Ben Braun
To put 38 points in the paint on Stanford, that's probably the highest they've been scored on all year inside, so I think our guys didn't shy away, and we took the ball at them. We tried to get the foul line a little more - that didn't happen, but that was one our goals. But I think the story of the game came down to defensive rebounding, and to give up 10+ offensive rebounds, that spells disaster. Stanford's a good basketball team. You can't give them those second-chance points. It seemed like every time we gave up an offensive rebound, we not only gave up the rebound, we gave up the foul, a put-back, an and-one, and those really hurt you. That was probably the biggest story of the game.
On how much of a factor it became as Cal double-teamed Robin Lopez in the low post, leaving players like his 7-foot brother, Brook, open on the weak side:
I really didn't think they got their points on those as much as when the ball went up on some free throws, the ball went up on some 3-pointers. We didn't secure the rebounds. I don't think we got burned on as many of the offside-chance points off doubles. We made them throw out of the doubles. We did a pretty good job. I didn't think that was an issue. But look at Robin Lopez's line: when you can have 10 offensive rebounds - how many guys in the country can get 10 offensive rebounds? To me, that's a tremendous line and a big story in the game.
On the Bears' need to spread their offensive output on a night when Ryan Anderson was limited to 11 points:
Ryan was the focal point for them (defensively). In those situations - whether it's Patrick, whether it's Ryan, whoever it is - there are going to be opportunities for other players to get some looks. Certainly, we wanted the ball in Ryan's hands. We went to him at the start of the game, we went to him in crunch time, but you know, getting the ball to rim and getting to the foul line didn't prove to be easy. Defensively, Stanford does a pretty good job in that area.
On DeVon Hardin's high-energy effort tonight:
DeVon really stepped up. He's been challenged by his coaches, by his teammates and by himself. He came up today, and you take away the fouls, I thought generally he did a pretty good job defensively and he really wanted the ball offensively, and worked as hard as I've seen him work in a while. It was really a step-out game for DeVon and it was just a shame he couldn't stay in the game. Of all the games to be foul trouble, this was not the one you wanted it to be.
Stanford Head Coach Trent Johnson
"Another typical day in Pac-10 basketball. Cal really stretches you defensively; we knew that coming in. We got some major contributions off the bench. It was a great win for us. Cal was really good today. They played well defensively and made some tough shots."
On Stanford's game:
"The tempo was to our liking. We were patient offensively. Defensively, they were getting good shots. We get so many good contributions from everybody. Taj Finger has been very consistent."
"He (Patrick Christopher) is very strong going to his right. This is the most explosive team in our league offensively. They have good penetration and DeVon in the middle. Ryan is always good. If that is the ninth place team, there need to be nine teams in the tournament."