Cal Bears/Pac 12 Tournament podcast with Morris Phillips: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas; Cal eliminated by WSU in first game of tournament

California’s Lars Thiemann (21) tries to get around the Washington State Cougars defense at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas in the first game of the Pac 12 Tournament on Wed Mar 9, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears/Pac 12 Tournament podcast with Morris:

#1 It’s been a long season Morris and its come down to this a first game loss of the Pac 12 Tournament to the Washington State Cougars (19-13) for the Cal Bears (12-20) a seven point 66-59 loss for the Bears.

#2 We know you’ve said it all season with this loss did it just come down to a lack of talent or the Cougars just had enough offense to make this work on Wednesday night.

#3 How disappointing does this have to be for Cal head coach Mark Fox having finished the season eight games below .500 and being eliminated in the first game of the Pac 12 Tournament.

#4 Once again the ball was going to Jordan Shepherd who led Cal with 19 points Cal also outscored the Cougars in the second half 39-34 but time just ran out for the Bears.

#5 For coach Fox talk about some of the things that he needs to work on, put together to get this team ready for 2022-23 and who do you see coming back for next season?

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Cal holds Cardinal to season-low point total, winning 53-39

Jordan Shepherd led the Cal Bears with 21 points against the Stanford Cardinal at Haas Pavilion Sat Feb 26, 2022 (image from Cal Bears Athletics)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, February 26, 2022

California earned a split on the season series between the Bay Area rivals, winning 53-39 over visiting Stanford Saturday in Pac-12 men’s basketball at Haas Pavilion

Stanford (15-13 overall, 8-10 Pac-12) has lost three straight games, and six of its last eight. The 38 points was the Cardinal’s lowest point total of the season; Stanford scored 48 points in a Nov. 20 loss to Baylor and 43 in a Jan. 29 loss to UCLA.

Spencer Jones was the Cardinal’s top scorer with 10 points, followed by Jaiden Delaire with seven points and Harrison Ingram with six. Maxime Raynaud, Brandon Angel and Max Murrell each grabbed five of Stanford’s 34 rebounds, six fewer than Cal (12-17 overall, 5-13 Pac-12).

Jordan Shepard paced the Bears with 21 points, as Stanford held Cal to 18 points in the second half, and the Bears’ 53 points was their third-lowest total of the season.

Stanford didn’t help itself by missing 16 of its first 17 field goal attempts to start the game, eventually trailing by 23 at halftime. On the night, the Cardinal hit 12 of 51 field goal attempts for 24 percent, including 4 of 18 on 3-pointers.

The Cardinal were held to 14 points in the paint, five second-chance points and two points off turnovers.

The Cardinal wrap up their regular season on the road, visiting No. 2-ranked Arizona Thursday in Tucson, and heading to Tempe to face Arizona State next Saturday.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Fox says team just wore down in second half in loss to Stanford Tuesday

The Cal Bears guard Jordan Shepherd led Cal with 15 points on Tue Feb 1, 2022 against the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto (photo by the Cal Bears)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 The compressed schedule that has the Cal Bears (9-13) playing five times in 10 days, along with Tuesday’s physical play clearly impacted them in a second half that was controlled by the hosts.

#2 For the Stanford Cardinal (13-7) Jaden Delaire and freshman Harrison Ingram led Stanford with 12 points a piece. Spencer Jones and Michael O’Connell each had nine points, and fifth starter James Keefe with 8 points and 11 rebounds.

#3 The Bears Andre Kelly was out of the line up with a leg injury he got when he played against USC on Saturday and Lars Thiemann was put to good use with the most minutes 32 of his career and had with 11 points, six rebounds in 32 minutes.

#4 “I do think that we wore down a little bit in the second half,” coach Mark Fox said. “Certainly we missed Andre on the offensive end, but defensively we gave ourselves a chance.”

#5 Michael, the (12-8) Washington Huskies are coming to Cal on Thursday night the last time the two teams met at UW in Seattle on Jan 12 the Huskies took a nine point win over the Bears 64-55. In that game Jordan Shepherd was the only player who managed double figures with 12 in the loss.

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Stanford Cardinal game wrap: Cardinal return to win column with 57-50 victory over Cal

Stanford Cardinal bench is excited with the results against the Cal Bears at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Tue Feb 1, 2022 (photo by Stanford Cardinal Athletics)

By Daniel Dullum
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Stanford returned to the win column in Pac-12 men’s basketball Tuesday at Maples Pavilion with a 57-50 rivalry win over California.

Jaiden Delaire and Harrison Ingram paced the Cardinal’s balanced attack with 12 points each, and Spencer Jones and Michael O’Connell had nine points apiece, as Stanford held the Golden Bears to their lowest offensive output in the series since February of 2000. O’Connell also had three assists.

James Keefe pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds as the Cardinal (13-7 overall, 6-4 Pac-12) outrebounded Cal 35-28. The Bears (9-13, 2-9) were forced into nine turnovers.

While both teams struggled offensively, Stanford made shots when they needed to. An Ingram jump shot with 34 seconds remaining in the first half put the Cardinal ahead for good. In the second half, Stanford enjoyed a 6-0 run, capped by Brandon Angel’s 3-pointer with 11:23 remaining in the second half, giving the Cardinal 35-29 lead.

Cal responded with its own 6-2 run, but got no closer than 37-35.

The Cardinal made 21 of 50 field goal attempts (42 percent) while making only 3 of 15 3-point attempts. Stanford held Cal to 35 percent from the floor.

Stanford hosts Washington State on Thursday and Washington on Saturday.

No. 7 UCLA snaps Cardinal two-game winning streak, winning 66-43

UCLA guard Jules Bernard, center, struggles to keep possession of the ball while defended by Stanford forward Spencer Jones, left, and guard Isa Silva at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Sat Jan 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, January 29, 2022

UCLA went into Saturday’s Pac-12 men’s basketball game against Stanford shorthanded, but their personnel situation was hardly noticeable.

The No. 7-ranked Bruins shut down the visiting Cardinal 66-43 at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, gaining sole possession of first place in the conference.

Jules Bernard led UCLA with 16 points as the Bruins (16-2 overall, 8-1 Pac-12) won their sixth straight game. Jake Kyman scored a season-high 15 points in 27 minutes, helping a Bruins offense that was missing leading scorer Johnny Juzang, who sat out his second straight game due to COVID-19 protocols. Tyler Campbell contributed ten points and nine assists.

Also missing for UCLA: Jaime Jacquez Jr. and Jaylen Clark. Jacquez aggravated a right ankle injury just seven minutes in, and Clark sat out his third straight game due to concussion protocol.

Stanford (12-7, 5-4) had its problems on offense as the Cardinal had their two-game winning streak snapped. The Cardinal hit 13 of 48 field goal attempts, including 3 of 20 behind the arc. The Bruins defense forced 22 turnovers.

The Bruins, meanwhile, had their own offensive struggles, hitting 22 of 59 from the field while missing 25 threes.

Isa Silva led the Cardinal scoring with eight points off the bench, and Harrison Ingram, Stanford’s leading scorer, was held to five points while committing four turnovers.

Stanford returns home to host California on Tuesday night, opening a four-game home stand.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris Phillips: Bears in the Southland on Thursday to face tough nemesis UCLA; Cal looking to end 5 game skid

Arizona Wildcats guard Bennedict Mathurin (0) Arizona’s leading scorer with guard Kerr Kriisa (25) share a handshake at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley defeating the Cal Bears on Sun Jan 23, 2022 (photo from the Arizona Wildcats)

On the Cal basketball podcast:

#1 Morris from wire to wire the Arizona Wildcats (16-1) were just having their way with the basketball and the Cal Bears (9-10) for a 96-71 win. On offense Benedict Mathurin led the Wildcats in scoring. Mathurin like most of his teammate was getting some nice chances today.

#2 On the Cal defense frustrating getting them to stop the Wildcats inside game hence the kind of success led by Mathurin getting his way on many of his shots.

#3 Morris during the game you mentioned Jordan Shepherd had a tough time getting out of the gate he eventually led Cal in scoring but for most of the game was the only player in double figures.

#4 Morris, talk a little bit about the Cal offense try as hard as they may guys like Andre Kelly and Joel Brown were in single digits for most of the game and Arizona knew about guys like these to shut their game down.

#5 Cal head coach Mark Fox got a pair of technicals and ejected from the game talk about the ejection and how much that impacted Cal’s game.

#6 It’s back to the drawing board for Cal as it’s onto the Southland and the UCLA Bruins (13-2) on Thu Jan 27th at Pauley Pavilion. The last time Cal faced the Bruins in Berkeley on Jan 8th the Bruins were the clear winners 60-52. After getting a dose of the Wildcats on Sunday can Cal come back and make a game of it on Thursday night?

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Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris Phillips: After four straight loses Cal faces one of the Pac 12’s toughest teams in Arizona Sunday

California forward Lars Thiemann (21) and Washington State forward Mouhamed Gueye (35) go for the ball in Sat Jan 15, 2022 contest at Pullman (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris after winning five in a row the Cal Bears (9-9) has now lost four in a row what’s been the difference in the change?

#2 How tough has it got to be for the Bears after losing the two games to USC (14-2) and UCLA (11-2) and then losing twice again to Washington and Washington State Cal head coach Mark Fox works hard to prepare this team.

#3 Looking at Cal’s last game in Pullman 65-57 against the Washington State Cougars (10-7) on Saturday night the Bears had the lead after the half but couldn’t hold it were the Bears just pressing too much in second half?

#4 We know you mentioned it in your recap that Cal guard Joel Brown who just got out of Covid 19 protocols after a seven day quarantine got to Pullman from Berkeley on a flight and played just a minute. After being away that amount of time from playing did Brown come into the game pretty rusty?

#5 Cal now will host one of the toughest teams in the Pac 12 the Arizona Wildcats (14-1) at Haas Pavilion on Sun Jan 23rd for a noon tip. The Wildcats just manhandled their last opponents the Utah Utes (8-9) in Tucson 82-64. How do you see the Bears approach to fending off the Wildcats this Sunday?

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Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris Phillips: After two straight loses to LA schools Cal looks to pick up the pace in Washington Wed night

California guard Jalen Celestine (32) shoots against UCLA guard Tyger Campbell (10) at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley on Sat Jan 8, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris:

#1 It wasn’t much of a contest as the Cal Bears (9-7) went down to defeat for the second time to a LA university this time to the UCLA Bruins (10-1) 60-53 a eight point win as the Bruins controlled the offense from wire to wire.

#2 Once again Cal guard Andre Kelly did most of the heavy lifting coming away with 22 points. Kelly executed inside the paint and had a multiple dunk show with one displaying some hang time but regardless Cal came up short.

#3 Morris, knowing what the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins would bring in this week to Haas Pavilion it really wasn’t a surprise for Cal head coach Mark Fox but from what you saw did the Bears leave that best effort out on the floor this week.

#4 The Bruins had two players in double figures with heavy NBA potential guard Tyger Campbell with a team leading 17 points and coming right behind him guard Jaime Jaquez Jr with 14 points to contribute to the Bruins tenth win of the season.

#5 It’s off to Seattle and the Washington Huskies (6-7) in Cal’s next contest. The Huskies have won four of their last eight games and got a six point win over the Utah Utes (8-7) 74-68 on Thu Jan 6 in Utah. Morris after getting a double dose of loses this week the Bears are certainly looking to get back in the win column in their visit to Washington on Wed Jan 12th.

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Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Cal hosts ASU Sun Devils in replacement game Sunday

The Cal Bears Grant Anticevich takes a shot against the UCLA Bruins in this file photo. Anticevich has been leading Cal in scoring which has been instrumental in their wins this season. The Bears game to face the Stanford Cardinal Sun Jan 2, 2022 has been postponed and has been replaced with Arizona State at Cal this Sun Jan 2, 2022 at 4 pm PST (file photo from Cal Bears Athletics)

On the Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Michael, Sunday’s game between the Stanford Cardinal (8-4) and the Cal Bears (9-5) has been postponed due to Covid 19 protocols. This will be the second straight game that Covid 19 protocols has postponed a game for Stanford the other was in Honolulu for the Diamond Head Classic vs. Vanderbilt on Thu Dec 23.

#2 Cal has been off for ten days since their last game against the Pacific Tigers (5-10) is that an advantage lots of rest before their next game or a disadvantage because they could come back rusty.

#3 In Cal’s last game against the Tigers, the Bears Grant Anticevich led with 25 points and has been a key scorer in some of these recent wins for Cal.

#4 Also in the game against Pacific Andre Kelly and Jordan Shepherd for Cal both finished second in scoring with 11 point they’ve been successful for the Cal offense.

#5 The Pac 12 has scheduled a replacement game for Sun Jan 2nd and the Arizona State Sun Devils will come calling at Haas Pavilion. The Sun Devils (5-7) in their last game Sun Dec 19 took a loss 66-65 to the USF Dons (11-1) in the City in a nailbiter. ASU has won three out of their last four and Cal has won three straight how do you see this match up Sunday.

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Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal heads to the farm to face rival Stanford Sunday; Bears on four game winning streak

The Cal Bears featuring Grant Anticevich (15) who was the top scorer on Wed Dec 22, 2021 at Cal against the Pacific Tigers will face the Stanford Cardinal Sun Jan 2, 2022 at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto (Cal Bears Athletics photo)

On the Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris:

#1 For Cal Bears (9-5) head coach Mark Fox the first half of their game against the Pacific Tigers (5-10) on Wednesday is more a learning lesson than one of frustration. Fox said after the first half, “It was going to be an ugly Christmas at halftime.” The Bears were trailing the Tigers at the half 30-25.

#2 Fox got them turned around in the second half with the Bears improved defense and the Bears screening out the Tigers top scorers from the first half Jayden Byers (10 points), Jeremiah Bailey (8 points) and Sam Freeman (8 points).

#3 The Bears on offense poured it on with 48 points in the second half and outscored the Tigers 48-23. The Bears wound up getting the 20 point 73-53 win.

#4 Once again Cal’s Grant Anticevich led Cal with 25 points with three additional Cal scorers in double figures, Jalen Celestine (12 pts), Jordan Shepherd (11 pts), and Andre Kelly (11 pts).

#5 Cal is off to Stanford to face the Cardinal (8-4). The Cardinal who had their last game cancelled against the Vanderbilt Commodores (8-4) due Coronavirus protocols at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. The Cardinal have won seven of their last 11 games while the Bears have won six of their last seven games. This one on Sunday could be one for the ages the way they’ve been playing.

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