Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Cal stays competitive despite being towards bottom in offense

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Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 The Bears who are at the bottom of NCAA basketball team in offense didn’t look like a team that’s struggling as they got a road win in Pullman defeating Washington State 66-57.

#2 Paris Austin, Andre Kelly and Matt Bradley combined for 46 points for Cal that contribution helped accelerate the offense and Austin, Kelly and Bradley had some great opportunities to take some great shots.

#3 The win marks the first time they’ve won on the road this season what do the Bears need to do to win games on the road?

#4 Cal head coach Mark Fox said, “For this team, no one gave them a chance to have much success so any time that they have some I want them to enjoy it and understand how they found that success so they can build on it,”

#5 Fox said this was a win that he hopes will create some momentum going into Seattle this Saturday at Washington

Join Michael will be moving to the San Francisco Giants podcasts next week and Morris Phillips will have Cal Bears podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal try to rectify their loses to wins against Huskies tonight

The Stanford Cardinal Bryce Willis goes for a finger roll against the Arizona Wildcats last Saturday at Maples Pavilion at Stanford  (gostanford.com photo)

On the Cardinal podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The Arizona Wildcats (18-7) clearly set the tone for last Saturday’s game behind a 21-point, 11-rebound game from freshman center Zeke Nnaji, Nnaji set the tone and the Stanford Cardinal (16-9) had to figure out how to shut his game down.

#2 The 69-60 loss to Arizona was Stanford’s seventh defeat in their last eight games

#3 It was Arizona’s 20th straight win over Stanford a streak that started back in 2008-09.

#4 The Cardinal Bryce Willis led the Cardinal with 25 points followed by Oscar da Silva with 15 both consistent scorers for Stanford

#5 The Cardinal are in Seattle tonight to take on the Washington Huskies (12-14) Jerry sets this contest up for us.

Join Jerry each Thursday for the Stanford Cardinal podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Manfred says Astros disciplined enough; Fans miss most of outdoor hockey game because of traffic; plus more

photo from bleacherreport.com: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will not punish any of the current players on the Houston Astros and is investigating if the 2019 Boston Red Sox stole signs under former Red Sox manager Alex Cora 

On Headlines podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara big league players are upset that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred did not discipline any of the Houston Astros players for the sign stealing scandal how much of a consequence will this be for MLB?

#2 Manfred said that in a perfect world the Astros players would face suspension of some type but he said he and MLB were satisfied with the suspension of former manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow and that should be enough discipline for now

#3 The game started at 6:00PM for an outdoor hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche in Colorado Springs at the Air Force Academy’s Air Force Base fans said they missed a large portion of the game due to bad traffic conditions. Some fans left at 3:30 to get to Colorado Springs and didn’t get in until after the first period ended

#4 The Stanford Cardinal are on a four game losing streak their latest loss came against Arizona a home loss 69-60 the Wildcats are noted for their physical size and offense.

#5 Gerrit Cole pitcher for the New York Yankees is getting attention for his hard work and attention to detail and was a 20 game winner for the Houston Astros last season

Barbara Mason is a sportswriter for areagrande.com and does Headlines podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

 

Arizona continues Pac-12 mastery over Cardinal 69-60

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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Arizona, behind a 21-point, 11-rebound game from freshman center Zeke Nnaji, held off a second-half surge by Stanford and defeated the Cardinal 69-60 Saturday in Pac-12 men’s basketball at Maples Pavilion.

This was another tough loss for the Cardinal, who have been in a tailspin over the last few weeks, losing seven of their last eight games. It’s also the Wildcats’ 20th consecutive win over Stanford, a streak that goes back to 2008-09.

Josh Green contributed 15 points and six rebounds, and Dylan Smith added 11 points (2 of 7 3-pointers) and six boards for the visiting Wildcats (18-7 overall,8-4 Pac-12), who outrebounded Stanford 39-25 and picked up 10 points off 13 offensive boards.

Arizona, which moved into a three-way tie for first place in the conference, got only five points and two assists from point guard Nico Mannion, who played 24 minutes because of foul trouble. The Wildcats shot 37 percent overall, including 3 of 21 behind the arc. Arizona did hit 26 of 31 at the free throw line.

Bryce Willis led the Cardinal with a game-high 25 points, and Oscar da Silva added 15 points. Both Willis and da Silva grabbed five rebounds for Stanford (16-9 overall,5-7). It was da Silva’s first game back after suffering a head injury against Colorado on Feb. 8.

Arizona led 30-23 at halftime before the Cardinal cut their deficit to 46-42 with 10:28 left in the second half on a Wills layup. The Wildcats built a 59-50 lead with 5:30 to play on a Smith 3-pointer.

The Cardinal travel to Washington on Thursday.

Wildcat Wakeup Call: Lethargic Arizona surges after halftime, beats Cal 68-52

By Morris Phillips

BERKELEY, CA–Cal’s season-long shooting issues didn’t get corrected on Thursday night. Arizona’s shooting struggles created last week at home against the Los Angeles schools did, with a jolt of confidence that surfaced in a timely manner after halftime.

Some issues are chronic, some are fleeting. In a 16-point road victory over Cal, Arizona and sharpshooter Dylan Smith found theirs are fleeting. Smith helped UA break open a one-point game with four, consecutive made 3-pointers–after 18 misses dating back to late January–as the Wildcats surged to a comfortable 68-52 win over host Cal.

Arizona coach Sean Miller considered benching Smith and his balky jump shot against Cal. Ultimately, he penciled the fifth-year senior into the lineup because Miller knew Smith would help Arizona win. Miller’s intuition was spot on.

“It’s just I don’t want Dylan Smith to be the scapegoat because we lost a home game or because he’s shooting poorly,” Miller said. “You don’t start him tonight and all of a sudden that’s the answer.”

The Bears lost their third straight, after a competitive start that saw them trail by seven at the half, and 33-32 with 13:59 remaining, only to see their offense lose steam down the stretch. Cal shot 38 percent for the game, but their starters shot just 32 percent with the majority of the misses in the game’s final 10 minutes.

“We have to keep the score down,” coach Mark Fox explained. “At 32-33, they went on a 7-0 run, and we never threatened after that. When they got into the bonus with 12 minutes to go, it makes it hard for us to run the style of play that gives us the best chance to win.”

The Pac-12’s lowest scoring team, and also the team with the slowest pace, scored exactly 52 points for the fifth time this season. On four of those occasions–including Thursday–the Bears (10-14, 4-7) suffered a double-digit loss.

“We want it to be a low-scoring game,” Matt Bradley said. “For us to win games, we need to play defense. Tonight, our defense wasn’t there, and that’s why we lost.”

Bradley led Cal with 19 points, eight rebounds, but he missed 11 of his 18 shots. Bradley was the only Cal player in double digits, Grant Anticevich and Andre Kelly each added eight points.

The Bears get an opportunity to better energize their Haas Pavilion crowd on Sunday afternoon when Arizona State visits at 3pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Cal needs to bone up for Arizona Thursday night at Haas

calbears.com photo: The Cal Bears Paris Austin (3) and Matt Bradley (20) get ready for tonight’s game with the Arizona Wildcats at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 In Cal’s (10-13) last game in Utah (14-9) the Bears didn’t have a chance as the Utes clobbered Cal 60-45 almost the lowest score of the season for Cal

#2 The Utes kept the Bears top scorer Matt Bradley under wraps with 13 points and the results were some solid defense

#3 Cal head coach Mark Fox wanted to get more shots from his other offensive players Grant Anticevich, Kareem South, and Paris Austin but again the Utes found ways to contain them as well

#4 The Utes Timmy Allen has a big future he wound up the only Ute with double figures with 21 points but his effort nearly covered the spread.

#5 Thursday night it’s the first of the Arizona schools visiting Haas Pavilion as the Arizona Wildcats (16-7) come calling the Wildcats are traditionally a bigger and successfully offensive team

Michael Duca does the Cal Bears podcasts on Thursday and Morris Phillips on Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Utes completely shutdown Golden Bears offense from start to finish 60-45

photo from newsday.com: Utah forward Timmy Allen (1) celebrates after scoring against California during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Salt Lake City

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris the Bears (10-13) tallied their lowest point total for 2019-20 with a 60-45 loss in Utah (14-9) and Bears head coach Mark Fox tried to explain how to fix the offense that looked like they recovered in games against Stanford (16-7), OSU (14-9) and Oregon (18-6).

#2 When you look at the miniscule number of only 45 points scored was it a matter of Utah’s ability to shut down all of Cal’s offensive efforts and playbook or Cal just went right back to the former offense they were before the Stanford game?

#3 The Utes Timmy Allen who led Utah with 21 points said after Saturday night’s game that he was stress free, that he could almost do whatever he wanted on offense does that speak to Cal’s lack of stopping Utah’s offense or Allen really was that good to do whatever he wanted with the basketball

#4 The Bears Matt Bradley had only 13 points on Saturday night he at times was well covered and couldn’t take the kind of shots he normally takes

#5 The Bears go back to the drawing board this time they go back to Berkeley and face the Arizona schools first this Thursday against Arizona (16-7) and then against Arizona State (15-8) on Saturday can they get back that old mojo they had before they went to Utah?

Cal Bear podcasts are heard on Mondays with Morris Phillips and Thursdays with Michael Duca at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

#19 Arizona takes down San Jose State in Tucson

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State men’s basketball was in the desert to take on the 19-ranked Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center Thursday evening. This was the Spartans and Wildcats first meeting since 1984.

SJSU was welcomed by Arizona, but the warm welcome ended sooner than later. The Spartans’ starting lineup featured Brae Ivey, Seneca Knight, Christian Anigwe, Eduardo Lane and Craig LeCesne. The Spartans won the possession and the tipoff and first half in Tuscon, Ariz. went underway. The Wildcats had an early 5-3 lead at the 15:08 mark during the first media timeout. The Spartans’ Richard Washington knocked down his first 3-pointer to tie the score 8-8 at the 14:09 mark.

Arizona led 17-10 at the second media timeout with 9:54 left. However, SJSU’s Ralph Agee made the most of his minutes early with 4 points and 3 boards.

Arizona built up their lead, 29-16, at the final media timeout of the first half with 3:01 left. The Wildcats kept going at it, taking a 39-17 lead to the locker room at the halftime break.

Things weren’t any better in the second half for the Spartans. The Wildcats led 40-22 at the first media timeout at the 15:52 mark. Then, SJSU scored the first 7 points of the half as they continued to chip away in 40-24 deficit.

The Spartans went on a 9-0 run, but it came to an end on a 3-ball, but LeCesne converted on the ensuing possession at the 13:18 mark. Yet, SJSU was optimistic as they tweeted that they were still in it, despite a 43-28 deficit.

The Wildcats responded with a run of their own. Soon enough, Arizona was in the driver’s seat with a commanding 61-29 lead with 8:12 left to play. The Wildcats won 87-39.

With the loss, SJSU fell to 1-2, while Arizona improved to 3-0.

The Spartans return home to host the Simpson Red Hawks on Sunday, November 17 at 4 pm PT.

SJSU MBB on Pac-12 Network Thursday at #19 Arizona

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By Ana Kieu

San Jose State men’s basketball continues the non-conference portion of its 2019-20 schedule with a trip to Tuscon on Thursday against the Arizona Wildcats for a 5 PM PT tip on Pac-12 Networks.

SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (1-1, 0-0 MW)
PPG: 68.0 | FG%: 43.5 | 3FG%: 27.1 | FT%: 50.0

Notes: San José State opened the 2019-20 season with a bang, defeating Hofstra on the road last Wednesday. It was the Spartans’ first road win since 2017, snapping a 21-game road losing streak. The Spartans dropped their home opener, 72-57, against Portland on Sunday. Former Wake Forest guard Richard Washington leads SJSU in scoring at 17.0 points per game with forward Craig LeCesne also in double-figures at 12.5 points per game.

#19 ARIZONA WILDCATS (2-0, 0-0 P12)
PPG: 90.5 | FG%: 54.9 | 3FG%: 41.0 | FT%: 73.8

Series: SJSU trails, 4-9 (2-7 in Tucson)

Last: SJSU lost on the road, 79-44, on Dec. 1, 1984

Notes: Arizona is 2-0 after posting wins against Northern Arizona and Illinois. A trio of freshman, Nico Mannion, Josh Green and Zeke Nnaji combined for 53 points in the blowout win, 90-69, over the Illini. The 6-foot-11 Nnaji is the team’s leading scorer thus far at 19.5 points per game. The Wildcats have 10 different players averaging 10+ minutes per game.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV — Pac-12 Networks with Daron Sutton and Matt Muehlebach announcing.

Stream — Pac-12.com with a cable login

Radio — Justin Allegri on the call through TuneIn.com and the TuneIn app. Search for “San Jose St. Basketball”.

ARIZONA SERIES HISTORY
– Arizona leads the all-time series at 4-9

– The Wildcats hold a 7-2 edge at home

– Last meeting was a 79-44 loss in Tucson on Dec. 1, 1984.

– The Spartans won three of the first five meetings.

– Arizona has won six straight games in the series.

MARRION KNOWS HOW TO WIN IN TUCSON
– SJSU assistant coach Tim Marrion spent last year on former Washington State head coach Ernie Kent’s staff.

– The Cougars defeated Arizona at the McKale Center, 69-55, behind 31 points and seven three-pointers from forward Robert Franks. Guard CJ Elleby added 18 points.

– WSU held Arizona to just 26.1% shooting from three.

SJSU AGAINST THE TOP-25
– SJSU’s last win against a top-25 team was on Dec. 27, 1996. The Spartans topped No. 19 ranked Alabama, 60-59 in overtime.

– The Spartans have four wins overall against top-25 teams.

– SJSU’s last game against a top-25 team was a 92-53 loss to No. 10 Nevada last season.

TURNOVER IMPROVEMENT
– A goal this year for head coach Jean Prioleau was to cut down on his team’s turnovers. The Spartans averaged 15.6 turnovers per game last season.

– This year, the Spartans are averaging 12.0 turnovers per game, which ranks No. 85 in the NCAA.

SJSU STUNS HOFSTRA IN SEASON OPENER
– SJSU opened the 2019-20 season with a bang, defeating Hofstra on the road, 79-71.

– Hofstra won 27 games last year, SJSU lost 27 games.

– In his Spartan debut, JC transfer and former Wake Forest guard, Richard Washington, posted a team-high 23 points off the bench on 8-of-13 shooting. He scored 12 of his 23 points in the final four minutes, including a stretch of three straight three-pointers to put the game away.

– Senior forward Craig LeCesne had his first career double-double with a career-high 19 points plus 11 rebounds.

– It was SJSU’s first win in a road opener since 2010-11 when the Spartans topped Eastern Washington, 67-60.

– The Spartans snapped a 21-game road losing streak dating back to the 2017-18 campaign.

– SJSU won on the East Coast for the first time since 2001-02, when the Spartans defeated Fairleigh Dickinson at the BCA Tournament hosted by NC State in Raleigh, N.C.

LOTS OF STARTERS 
– The Spartans return seven players who started at least one game a season ago.

– Guard Seneca Knight is the most experienced, as the sophomore started 17 games, including the final 12, of his rookie season.

– Point guard Brea Ivey was just behind Knight, as the former junior college transfer started 16 games last season.

– Forward Craig LeCesne and guard Zach Chappell both started 15 games last year.

– Forward Christian Anigwe, guard Isaiah Nichols and walk-on guard Trey Smith each started one game.

SIX NEW FACES
Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau will have the help of six newcomers on the roster in 2019-20.

– The Spartans have three new junior college transfers in Richard Washington (Tallahassee CC), Eduardo Lane (Marshalltown CC) and Ralph Agee (East LA College). Washington started his collegiate career at Wake Forest, where he played eight games as a freshman before an injury caused him to miss the entire 2017-18 season.

– Another Wake Forest transfer will join the Spartans on the floor this season, as center Samuel Japhet-Mathias will be eligible after a redshirt season last year. The former four-star recruit appeared in 17 games off the bench at Wake Forest as a freshman in 2016-17. He posted six points and four rebounds at No. 17 Xavier.

– Prioleau added two freshmen this season in guard Omari Moore and walk-on center Harminder Dhaliwal.

SJSU TV SCHEDULE
– SJSU will play 10 games on TV this season, including three at home.

– SJSU hosts an ESPN networks game this year for the first time since 2010-11, when either ESPN2 or ESPNU will carry the SJSU tip against Utah State on Dec. 4. SJSU will also be on ESPN2 or ESPNU when visiting Utah State on Feb. 26.

– SJSU will have four non-conference games on TV, all against Pac-12 competition. The Spartans will be on CBS Sports Network when hosting Stanford at the Provident Credit Union Event Center on Dec. 14. SJSU will battle both UCLA and Arizona on Pac-12 Networks and meet Oregon State on FS1 for a neutral site matchup in Las Vegas.

– The Spartans will also have four Mountain West contests on AT&T SportsNet this season — Jan. 15 at UNLV, Jan. 21 at New Mexico, Feb. 8 at Nevada and Feb. 29 vs. UNLV.

Stanford Cardinal football podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Costello firing on all cylinders, looks forward to throwing against Colorado Saturday

pressdemocrat.com file photo: Stanford Cardinal quarterback KJ Costello (3) prepares to let one fly Sep 21st against Oregon at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto.

On the Cardinal football podcast with Jerry Feitelberg:

#1 The Cardinal (4-4) have now won three of their last four games. Quarterback KJ Costello missed a few games returned in the Oct 26th game against Arizona (4-4) and led them to a 41-31 victory.

#2 Costello threw for 322 yards 31-44 and three touchdowns. Costello looks like he never missed a step.

#3 It was also a big day for running back Cameron Scarlett, who rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

#4 On receiving, Simi Fehoko caught three passes scored two touchdowns for 97 yards. It looks as if Stanford’s offensive house is in order.

#5 The Cardinal are in Colorado (3-6) for this Saturday against the Buffaloes. From how everything looks, this could be a pretty close matchup between both teams.

Jerry does the Stanford Cardinal football podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com