QUINCY PONDEXTEROn clinching the NCAA tournament bid“We’re going to be able to sleep tonight. We’ve been going to sleep watching SportsCenter every day. We’ve been hearing we’ve been on the bubble, off the bubble. There are so many questions that came about. But at the end of the day, we told each other that if we handle business we don’t need a committee to decide if we’re good enough.”
LORENZO ROMAROn his team's 79-75 win over Cal“What a college basketball game,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Both teams played at an extremely high level. Both teams were competing. It was obvious something was on the line.”
On Venoy Overton's clutch shooting down the stretch:“Venoy could literally be 0-for-10 going into a game,” Romar said, “but when the game is on the line, he rarely misses.”
OVERTONOn why he's a clutch shooter“Coach believes in me. I haven’t always been a non-shooter. I used to shoot the ball pretty well at Franklin (High School in Seattle).”ISAIAH THOMASOn being named Pac-10 tournament MVP“It’s a blessing from God. Keep faith and anything can happen.”
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CAL COACH MIKE MONTGOMERY On the game“In some ways it’s surprising that we shot the ball as poorly as we did from two of the people who were primary guys for us (Patrick Christopher and player-of-the-year Randle), and we had a chance to win at the end. We made mistakes that we don’t normally make.”
On the chance his Bears might not be selected on Sunday:“Missing the tournament would set a precedent that I think is unheard of. … It’s not even in a way worth commenting on. I think it just completely negates the purpose of a conference to play 18 games and win it (and then not be invited). I think that’s just talk.”