Virginia Post-Game Quotes

The surprising Stanford season continued Sunday in Charlottesville with a 76-75 final-second win over Virginia. Afterward head coach Trent Johnson spoke proudly of his team's win and offered respect for the Cavaliers they narrowly edged. Freshman Robin Lopez talked about Stanford's size advantage and starting with his brother. Sophomore Lawrence Hill discussed the final play that won the game.

Head coach Trent Johnson

Opening comments:

"I don't know if we can play any better than how we played this evening.  They're kids - we're an extremely young basketball team.  We have a lot of respect for Virginia's basketball team, and I have a lot respect for Dave Leitao.  It's just going to be a matter of time before they become an elite basketball program.  For us, having five guys post double figures and coming out and rebounding the ball - considering how badly we played and how badly we shot the ball against Cal at home - this is a big win for us."

On playing the Lopez twins together:

"Hopefully they will continue to improve.  We thought that we had a size advantage, and we do if we use it.  There's no question that Virginia's perimeter players are exceptional, so going into the game we knew that we were going to have to make an adjustment or two and try to impose our will on the halfcourt instead of getting caught up on running up and down.  If we're going to be successful, then we're going to have to play those two together along with Peter Prowitt and try to keep the game in the 70's."

On the defensive plan against Sean Singletary:

"Our game plan was to pray.  No, we tried numerous things.  We tried to run two guys at him - started with Anthony [Goods], started with Mitch [Johnson] - doubling on balls, taking our guy who was guarding him out of help.  He's exceptional.  He's six-foot, but he plays six-seven.  You can't contain a guy like that as long as he has the ball in his hands, so we just wanted to make him work for everything that he got."

On scoring all but one possession in the final four minutes of the game:

"I think that it's to our advantage, no matter who we play, where we play or when we play, if we can keep the game on the halfcourt, utilize our size and play big.  If we can do that, then we're going to execute.  These kids, much like the Virginia's kids, are bright, articulate kids.  They understand, and they have a tendency to make bad coaching look good.  Needless to say, my guys have done a really good job with that.  When we are able to keep it a halfcourt game, then we have a good chance of staying in games and competing at a high level."

Freshman center Robin Lopez

On Stanford's height advantage over Virginia:

"So far throughout the season, our advantage has been our height.  Out West so far, most of the teams' main strengths have been their guards and perimeter shooting, similar to tonight.  So we usually look to bang it inside with me, Lawrence [Hill] and Brook [Lopez], with Anthony and Mitch penetrating."

On the first time starting in college together with his brother:

"Yes, it was a big thrill, and it was also a big surprise.  I had no idea it was going to happen."

On the size advantage making his game easier:

"Yeah, it makes our job a little bit easier, but [Virginia] still went out and shot to win.  They still went out and played hard.  So it kind of gives us an edge a little bit, but not too much.  And it also makes the other team play with some fire."

Sophomore forward Lawrence Hill

On the final Stanford play:

"We knew throughout the course of the game that Fred Washington was going to be able to get to the basket because that is something that he does really well.  So whether they made both free throws or made one or missed two, we knew that we wanted Fred to bring it up court.  The play before that, we did the same thing, and I shot a jumpshot and missed it and [Trent Johnson] yelled at me to go to the basket.  He said next time he was going to do the same thing and that I had better go to the basket, so I just did what he said and made it."

On the ability to penetrate for the final shot:

"Well, I knew I was going to go to the basket either way.  I wanted to give a chance for the lane to open up because Fred was still there.  If I penetrated right away I probably would have run into him and the defender."

On the difficulty crossing the country mid-season to play:

"It definitely is difficult.  We are all really winded from the travel, and that is something that not many people think about with home court advantage.  That is something that happened last year.  We had a late game against [Virginia] at the beginning of the NIT, and it was late for us.  For them it was three hours later.  So it's a big impact."


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