Men's Basketball Press Conference Quotes
Jan. 15, 2002
ON THURSDAY'S OPPONENT, WASHINGTON STATE:
'They certainly have played better than their record indicates, and have competed in some tough league games. Washington State is a real athletic team on the perimeter and have some great athletes in Jerry McNair and Milton Riley. Those guys may not start , but they'll play big minutes. They are good at the point of attack and played competitively in their games against Arizona and UCLA.'
ON THE UNBALANCED CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:
'You just try to keep your kids motivated and playing hard. I don't think it necessarily favors one team over another, because you have to ultimately play everyone in the league. So in that respect, it really doesn't matter.'
ON JUNIOR JERRY MCNAIR'S PERFORMANCE AGAINST STANFORD LAST YEAR:
'We have a habit of giving kids career games. He was just on fire that night and really came out of nowhere. This season he has really tried to establish himself as a scorer for his team and has played well in the early going.'
TALKING ABOUT STANFORD'S INTERCHANGEABLE LINEUP:
'I don't think there really is one set lineup for our team. We will continue to use different combinations in different situations. I'd like everyone to be playing at their best consistently, but that hasn't always happened so far this season. We have been strong inside with Curtis Borchardt, and Julius Barnes and Justin Davis are capable of big scoring nights. It's best to make lineup decisions on who we are playing and how matchups favor our squad, whether it's tempo, zone or man defense, press or non-pressure.'
DISCUSSING THE LOSS AGAINST OREGON LAST SATURDAY:
'It was the kind of game where some shots they took, you just have to give them credit. You can't keep someone from scoring, but you can deny them the ball and we needed to be better at that. We had a couple communication issues, where we left the shooter open or failed to run down a loose ball. If a guy flat-out beats you though, there's not much you can really say. Oregon didn't really have great matchups on the break but shot the ball very well all game.'
ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A SWEEP THIS WEEKEND:
'If you're capable of winning, you better get the sweep. If you want to be considered in the top-four in this league, you can't afford to slip up. We were capable of beating Cal and Oregon, but those are two solid basketball teams who can hold their own as well. We have to look at what we're not doing well, and try to improve on that in our next few games.'
ON THE RECENT PLAY OF FRESHMAN CHRIS HERNANDEZ:
'Chris comes in with a lot of energy and our kids really need that sometimes. One thing about Chris is he seems to will the ball in sometimes, he almost dares the ball to not go in.
'It's hard to play point guard in our offense. To have a freshman come in and set things up is tough, there are a lot of subtleties he's still learning. When we say things from the bench to run, you have to understand our scheme. If you see a mismatch down low, you should attack it. Chris pushes the ball up the floor really well and each day you see something you like a little better with him. He finds a way to get everyone involved.'
ON THE IMPACT PLAY OF JUNIOR CURTIS BORCHARDT:
'Curtis is a very good rebounder, especially on the defensive boards if he has position. He also moves around well underneath the basket.'
TALKING ABOUT STANFORD'S RECENT JOINT ROAD TRIP WITH CAL:
'It's always a little awkward anytime you include someone other than your family. Cal's kids are good kids though. Both coaching staffs knew it would depend on how the two teams did on their road trip and how morale would be on the way back. For our guys, we just stuck with our own group for the most part. It was better than getting back late on Sunday.'