Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal hopes to end string of seven loses; Opens Pac 12 conference play against USC Wed night

Cal Bears center Lars Thiemann (21) battles to get to the basket against the Clemson Tigers center PJ Hall (24) at the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville Fl on Sat Nov 26, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris, the Clemson Tigers (5-2) Chase Hunter and Hunter Tyson each had 14 points that contributed to the Cal Bears (0-7) loss in the Emerald Coast Classic on Saturday night in Niceville.

#2 Clemson had lost the previous night on Friday to Iowa 74-71 that snapped the Tigers three game win streak. The certainly looked like a very prepared basketball team on Saturday night defeating the Bears 67-59.

#3 On defense Cal just had a tough time shutting down Hunter who was 5-10 from the floor with seven assists, Tyson was 4-8 with five rebounds.

#4 The Tigers never were behind in the contest they finished ahead after the first half 31-28, they started the second half with a 15-2 run and were way ahead 46-30 with 14:15 left in the game. The writing was pretty much on the wall for Cal throughout this game.

#5 Cal goes back to the drawing board in hopes to snap their seven game losing streak against the USC Trojans who come in losing four of their last six games but have won two in a row. It’s the first conference game for Cal can they handle the Trojans with home advantage on Wednesday night?

Morris Phillips is a Cal Bears basketball beat writer and does Cal home and away games at

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