Golden Bear Media Day Quotes

March 16, 2006

DALLAS - Cal players and coaches went through their final preparations Thursday for their NCAA Tournament opener against North Carolina State, including addressing the media a their pre-tourney press conference.

The Bears went practiced away from the American Airlines Center early in the day, then returned to the venue for a public workout on the arena floor.

Head coach Ben Braun, as well as players Leon Powe, Ayinde Ubaka and Richard Midgley, all discussed Cal's prospects at a press conference during the afternoon.

The Bears, who are seeded seventh in the Atlanta Region, face 10th-seeded NC State Friday at 4:20 p.m. PT.

Head Coach Ben Braun

On his team's readiness for NC State...
'Our players do a very good job. They have the game in perspective. We're playing a team that is very dangerous. They're a difficult team to match up with and we've got a lot of respect for what they've done. They played in a tough conference, they have defended well all year long, and when they have it going and are scoring, they are a very difficult team to stop and beat.'

On his career at California...
'I'm proud for our university. I've been fortunate to coach here for an extended period of time, that's what you're most proud of. You touch a lot of players. You can go back and look at relationships you've built over the years with players and can look at the success that they've had in college. A lot of the success, both as players and as students, rubs off on them for the rest of their lives. That's what's really great about coaching.'

On Coaching against Herb Sendek...
'I didn't like playing against him then, and I don't like playing against him now. He is a real disciplined coached. His players are disciplined and I think he does an outstanding job. He's won where ever he's been and his teams are difficult to prepare for - they are well coached, they play solid defense, and they pay attention to detail. I've got a lot of respect for what he has done and where he has done it.'

Sophomore forward Leon Powe

On his thoughts coming into the NCAA Tournament in Dallas...
'I'm very excited. Last year I didn't get to play at all and this year I've just been having fun. It's been a fun trip for us. I'm like a little kid in a candy store right now - just looking around and seeing new things. I'm just going to go out there and play my game. I'm not going to try to do too much, not get over excited.'

On facing a double team against NC State...
'I'm anticipating a double team, that's how I approach every game. If a team doesn't then that's good, but I just want to get opportunities for my teammates and make things happen with the pass or on the dribble. I'm going to have to be the assist man for our team if they do that.'

Junior guard Ayinde Ubaka

On the keys to stopping NC State...
'They're very competitive and they play as a team. They don't have any individual stars that we can key on to win the game. We have to win as a collective group. It's going to have to be a total team effort offensively and defensively.'

Senior guard Richard Midgley

On playing NC State after facing the Wolfpack three years ago...
'That was the last time our team was in the tournament and obviously for me it was a real good memory - hitting the wining shot in that game. I'm really excited that our team is back here again. It's an honor to be in the NCAA Tournament and we play NC State again who we know is a really tough team.'

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