California Golden Bears guard Jabari Bird (23) who scored seven three pointers against the Stanford Cardinal on Friday night in this AP file photo drives to the basket defended by Arizona Wildcats center Dusan Ristic (14) during the college basketball game between the Cal Golden Bears and the Arizona Wildcats on February 11, 2017 at Mckale Center in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
The Cal Bear’s last game at Stanford Friday was not a game they wanted to lose, not a game that they should have lost, and you throw in the disparity with the foul calling, the free throwing its really disappointing. The Bears really need wins right now and that’s one that they really didn’t get. Whatever they didn’t get done on Friday night they obviously didn’t get done going forward. They’ve got to play better though but the opportunity is still there for them to do what they have to do.
Their early attack in games have been a problem for a lot of games and this one shot right out to a 19-7 lead for Cal and Jabari Bird came out hitting some shots he had a 12 lead almost immediately and from that point things went sour. The referees got involved, the shots stopped falling and Stanford kicked in and their at home and the Cardinal were grasping for any measure of momentum they can grab.
Morris Phillips does the Cal Bears podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com