Here’s video of an interview with coach Lorenzo Romar after Friday’s practice talking about Saturday’s game at Stanford.
(On responding to the Cal loss) “It’s been good. It reminds me of a similar situation last year when we went to Arizona and did not play well at all in the second half and didn’t really finish the game. Came back practice and guys were dialed in. Came back against Arizona State and played really well. So far, that’s how these practices have looked.”
(On having good starts in Pac-12 season, then falling off) “Well, the way we practice goes a long ways towards trying to not let that happen. Just talking about why we were 3-1 and why we did what we did the other night. Make sure we understand that so we can learn from it quickly, try to nip it in the bud. And again, whether we win or lose, it’s about did we prepared mentally and come into that game focused and dialed on what we were supposed to do. You can’t do any more than that. You put forth your best effort in preparation and performance and then you go. That’s what we need to be able to do. We need to focus on that.”
(On the height disparity at Cal and against Stanford) “It bothered us around the rim a little bit, but at the same time we played against an Arizona team that is definitely not smaller than Cal. If anything, they’re bigger and we did OK in that game. So you give Cal a lot of credit, yeah they did a good job in that game, but I think there were some other things that factored into that game more than just the height disadvantage.”
(On the tempo at Cal being slower than it was in the Arizona game) “If you look at both games, I don’t think we ran any more necessarily in the Arizona game. We had some opportunities and we missed a lot of easy shots in that game. And in the Arizona game, they went in more than they did in this one. What I was more disappointed in was on the defensive end we allowed not seeing the ball go in the basket to affect what we were doing. There were some things in terms of the scout that we as coaches gave our team that may have been a little too much. Sometimes you can think about doing so many different things that you don’t do anything the right way. You can put that on me. We probably spread our team out defensively a little too much. Maybe we tried to over-coach them defensively. You couple that with the ball not going in the basket and there we reverted into kind of the way we’ve been playing defense before. I think some of those factors played a part.”
(On Perris Blackwell) “I don’t know whether you call it a slump, I don’t know. He’s getting some shots around the rim. I don’t know whether you call it a slump. Stop concentrating. Started pressing. Whatever you want to say. I just know that Perris Blackwell played against Aziz N’Diaye everyday last year and there were days when Aziz couldn’t handle him around the basket. And we go to Arizona and he plays against Kaleb Tarczewski and Jordan Bachynski and he does fine. It’s just a matter of him regaining his focus and concentration. Getting a certain level of confidence back. He’ll be alright. He’s done it. It’s different if someone has never done it and you’ve never seen it. We’ve seen it on a number of occasions against anybody so we know he’s capable.”