BTTV: Cuonzo Martin Talks Cal-Stanford Hoops

BERKELEY -- Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin breaks down Sunday's rivalry game against Stanford.

BERKELEY -- After a week off, California hosts rival Stanford on Sunday at 5:30 p.m., with a healthy Reid Travis, who's averaging 16.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Cuonzo Martin talks about Travis and the rest of the Cardinal in the above video.

"Practice was good. Everybody's healthy, so far. Competitive, making progress."

On Dontae Coleman's back: "He's fine. I'd imagine he was probably 75 percent, at Oregon. You can kind of see when he was coming out of the game, the time when he was sitting, and we just felt like, against Oregon State, it was the best thing for him to try and really get healthy. He's practicing now, so he should be good to go."

On he eight-day layoff between games, is it nice? "It is. I think you want to continue to get better, headed into the second part of Pac-12 play. You want to get better, you want to continue to improve, and the things you do in the classroom, as well. We talk about it as our last stretch run, to really kind of work on the fundamentals, the skills of the game. Oftentimes, you go from game to game to game, there's always the scouting report, specifics, and you have a tendency to break down on things that you haven't worked on, as much, even though you spend your first two months of practice working on them. So, we feel like this is our last stretch, where we can really get back to some basic things, and hopefully, guys can maintain and grasp what we're doing for this stretch run."

On Stanford's inconsistency: "They're a good team, a talented team. I think Jerod [Haase] has done a really good job. You watch them on film, they execute what they're trying to do, offensively. They play as a unit, defensively. They do different things -- man and zone -- they play hard. They play to their strengths. Don't make a lot of mistakes. I'm not sure what they're assist-to-turnover ratio is, but it doesn't seem like they're throwing the ball all over the floor. They don't make a lot of mistakes. But, I think when you say ups and downs, I think that's the Pac-12. You have a couple teams that are at the top of the league, but that's the league. You play talented teams home and road, and anything can happen."

Charlie Moore is averaging 3.2 turnovers per game, turning the ball over six times against Oregon, but only once against Washington State and Oregon State, combined. Did the Ducks target him: "I think if you look at his turnovers, I know he had two offensive fouls, and he charged. But, other than that, he stepped out of bounds. That was three. The other ones, he was making plays. I don't think so, because he didn't turn the ball over against the press. I don't think anybody's turned the ball over all season with the pressing and the trapping. I don't think that was the issue. He plays the game. I think, with him, it's just continued growth, understanding his teammates, how teams defend him, seeing different ball screen looks, understanding when he gets to certain spots, it's a pull-up shot or a floater, as opposed to always getting to the rim. He's not afraid to get to the rim, but at this level, with the level of talent, athleticism and length, that's the next part. He has that in his package, but he's not afraid to go challenge big guys, and he'll make a play."

Ivan Rabb was very quiet against Oregon (4 points, 6 rebounds), but made noise against Oregon State (18 points, 8 rebounds). Was that him kicking himself in the but or someone else, or the competition: "He's played at the highest level. I don't think that was a question at all, as far as competition. That's why you have two guys hovering around him all night. In Ivan's case, like I said, again, I don't spend a lot of time with that. When he goes back, we go back to the basics, we watch on film, but he's not a guy to have nights like that on a regular basis. We learn from it, chalk it up and keep moving."

Keys against Stanford: "They play well as a team, they make shots. Their three-point percentage is probably not one of the best in the league (they're last; 31.1%), but they make shots. [Robert] Cartwright has really shot the ball. i think it might have been Washington or Washington State, he shot the ball really well from three. He pushes the ball in transition, looks like he has great instincts, does a great job of running the offense. Really, we have to be sound, defensively, in all five positions, because they make you play on both sides of the ball, or both sides of the floor, I should say. Your weak side defense, your strong side defense, both have to be sound and ready. Obviously, with Reid Travis, if he's playing, he brings a different element to their team, a level of toughness. He's banging around the rim, and seems like he enjoys contact, so he takes them to another level as a team."

Rivalry meaning: "I like to think so, whenever you talk rivalry, I think our guys understand. They feel it. They know what's at stake."

Confidence from beating Oregon State, wire-to-wire: "I think our guys were confident about getting a win, bouncing back from a tough night that got away from us at Oregon. But, I don't think our guys felt like we played well. We did the things we needed to do, to win the game, but I thought we let up in some spurts, and I think our guys felt the same way, without saying it. I think that's a good sign. Our guy understand what we need to do and how we need to continue to get better. I think, for us, on both sides of the ball, it's making the next play. That's everybody on the floor: Make the next play. That's the most important thing. It's not so much who we play, because everybody in this league can play. It's what we're doing to be successful."


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