Quotes From Bob Bender's Weekly Press Meeting
Feb. 22, 2000
SEATTLE, Graves Building Meeting Room -
"Coming off the loss that Stanford gave them, we know how that feels, is motivation in itself. Cal probably still believes they have a chance for some postseason play. Then, the fact that we won at the buzzer and came from 14 down in the second half are all things that probably are going to play into the mindset that Cal will have."
ON CAL'S SEAN LAMPLEY:
"He really hurt us in the first half (in the first meeting). We played off of him to start but he hit some jumpers and we had to adjust and go out and guard him. Then he put it on the floor so he was beating us two ways. We've got to deny him the ball. We can't allow him to catch it where he wants it. Their shooters on the perimeter are too scary to double down on him."
"I really am disappointed in a lot of people across the nation, coaches in particular, who have questioned how good Stanford is and want to make a point that they're not that good. Stanford is earning it. Maybe these people just haven't seen them enough. I was surprised because I think Stanford is legitimate. They've legitimized over the past few years what they're capable of. This is a program that was built over a long period of time, not overnight. Stanford's strength is showing itself."
ON UW'S ROAD SUCCESS AND HOME STRUGGLES:
"The important thing for us is that we want to play well and win at home. I've been proud of what this team has done on the road for the season overall. We've done some pretty good things out on the road, if we were winning at home it would be a pretty good situation we would find ourselves in. It's very simple for us. We want to go out and play 40 minutes, like we're capable of, here at home. We haven't won here since the UCLA game (Jan. 6). There are only three of them left at home and Thursday night is a big game for us.
"I don't believe that it's been because of playing in KeyArena. I think the kids like playing there and they have confidence in there. If there is anything, for whatever reasons, maybe we have been complacent, thinking we were just going to play well and win. It's perplexing. We've had great concentration when our backs are against the wall on the road, and we've responded, but at home we haven't responded."
ON WASHINGTON GUARD MICHAEL JOHNSON:
"I thought Saturday (at Oregon) was a break-out game for him. In the last two minutes of that game, Michael Johnson emerged as a leader. He gave so much direction on the court, and in the huddles he was vocal in a fashion I've never seen. I think that was a huge step for him. When you're leading like he was, you're so into the game you don't worry about a mistake or a shot you miss and I think that will really help him.
"There is a lot of pressure on local kids like Michael and Donald Watts (who played at UW from 1995-99). They're very similar. Donald played on the varsity as a freshman in high school and Michael did the same thing. People have followed their careers for a long time and if they don't become an All-American their freshman year in college then they have to deal with questions about when that's going to happen. Donald was rewarded and I know Michael will be rewarded."