Oregon State’s Stephen Thompson Jr. (1) is closely guarded by California’s Sam Singer (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. California won 69-58. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)
For the Cal Bears you look at Ivan Rabb he’s gong to lead the Bears in their attack against the Stanford Cardinal. Their other former star was Jaylen Brown who after a short tenure with Cal is playing for the Boston Celtics. Cal is a mentally talented team and they might be a little bit better than they were last year. The Bears have a player Sam Singer who was one of the starting players years ago that the recruits brought in and he was a reserve player he would easily be starting for Stanford today.
You look at the talent and the depth the Bears have with the sure play making of Rabb and Jabari Bird and you begin to see how Stanford is outgunned. The other factor is the game is going to be played at Haas Pavilion. Its going to happen on Sunday and the interest is going to be high. It’s going to be a tough place to play and with football the way things are going on the basketball program it might be a little more important for Cal.
Matt Harrington does the Stanford Cardinal podcast each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com