March 16, 2007
2007 NCAA DIVISION I MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - ARCO ARENA
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007
VANDERBILT PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Head Coach Kevin Stallings
We're thrilled to be one of 32 teams that will still be playing in the tournament this weekend. We played well yesterday, but now we play a team that's a total opposite of that opponent. Instead of traps and switches, Washington State will just play one defense for 40 minutes. Washington State is a great basketball team. We're looking forward to the challenge. We have our work cut out for us.
On Washington State's superb defense:
Despite packing it in down low, they play well on the perimeter against three-point shots. They play defense the way it is supposed to be played. When you're supposed to go over a screen, they go over it; when you're supposed to go under a screen, they go under it. They're hard to screen; they don't get screened. They always know what they're doing defensively, and there's no slippage on their defense from one night to the next.
On Washington State's offense:
They're underrated offensively. They limit the number of possessions, but they're very efficient offensively. They don't turn the ball over. They're not a difficult team to scout; they're a difficult team to play. I admire what Tony's been able to do, being able to switch lineups without losing a step.
On a past meeting with Coach Dick Bennett seeking advice:
A lot of things we do defensively come from things I tried to steal from Coach (Dick) Bennett.
On the stability of the Vanderbilt lineup and its resulting effect on the team's confidence:
There's a rhythm that comes from playing together. We've been lucky as it pertains to injuries since losing our starting center in the second game of the season. We've had the same starting lineup since the third game of the season with the exception of Senior Day.
Student-Athlete Shan Foster
On Washington State:
We know they're a good defensive team. Every player on their team excels defensively. And they are not going to take bad shots or turn it over much.
On Ivory Clark:
I played against Ivory Clark my senior year. We won, but it was a great game and he scored 33 points - every one of them on me.
Student-Athlete Derrick Byars
On Washington State:
They're strong at every position. There are no glaring weaknesses, and they're as good a defensive team as we've seen all season. They pack it in, and it's hard to get off good shots against them inside.
On outsiders' opinions of the Vanderbilt team:
We don't worry about what other people say and outsider speculation. We just worry about the guys in the locker room.
On his personal success:
Everyone else on this team has had something to do with my success.
Student-Athlete Dan Cage
On the outlook for Saturday's game:
We just try to focus on what we do best. Hopefully, our shots will fall and theirs won't. It will be a completely different game and style than what we saw from George Washington. In the SEC, there are a lot of run-and-gun teams, ones that take shots early in the possession. Washington State is not like any of those teams, although we've certainly seen good defensive teams like Kentucky and Florida.
On teammate Derrick Byars:
Derrick is one of the best players in this tournament. He's one of the best teammates I've ever had, and there's not a selfish bone in his body. Not everything he does shows up in the box score. He's definitely one of the best players in the country.