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

 

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Can Cal top off the week with a win over Oregon tonight?

calbears.com photo: Cal Bears preview photo with Kareem South (10) ready to take aim as Cal hosts #11 ranked Oregon Ducks at Haas Pavilion on Thursday night

On the Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 The Cal Bears (9-10) defeated the Stanford Cardinal (15-4) it was a game played at Haas Pavilion even though the Bears had the home floor the odds were stacked against Cal and they pulled it out 52-50.

#2 Did Cal head coach Mark Fox had to pull out all the stops against a team like Stanford strategy wise?

#3 Cal went on a 17-2 run against Stanford and not only played catch up ball but the team really caught fire and proved the mind is a powerful thing were driven and won the game against an incredibly good school.

#4 Paris Austin proved to be a big help for Cal leading with 15 points and scoring two crucial free throws that got Cal the victory over the Cardinal.

#5 It doesn’t get any easier for Cal as they host the Oregon Ducks (17-4) at Haas on tonight

Join Michael each Thursday for the Cal Bears podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal’s impressive come back win against Stanford; Will it build confidence going forward?

Stanford’s James Keefe, right, shoots against California’s Grant Anticevich (15) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

On the Cal podcast with Morris:

#1 The odds were pretty slim going into Sunday’s game with Stanford (15-4) but the Cal Bears (9-10) pulled out all the stops and got a last minute win over the Cardinal at Haas Pavilion 52-50.

#2 The Bears were down and had to put a 17-2 run on Stanford and like Kareem South said the Bears had to keep on fighting.

#3 Talk about top scorer Paris Austin who led the Bears with 15 points looks like he either had the hot hand was the go to guy on the floor.

# 4 Matt Bradley did well in his own right scoring behind Austin with 14 points

#5 Does a win like this build enough confidence going into their next game against Oregon (17-4) on Thursday night at Haas Pavilion?

Join Morris Phillips every Monday for the Cal Bears podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Cardinal Sunday game wrap: Late free throws by Austin lifts Golden Bears past Cardinal 52-50

apnews.com photo: Stanford guard Daejon Davis brings the ball up during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against California in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, January 26, 2020

Paris Austin sank two free throws with 3.2 seconds to play, giving California a 52-50 Pac-12 men’s basketball victory over Stanford at Haas Pavilion.

Austin led the Golden Bears with 15 points, followed by Matt Bradley with 14, and Kareem South with 13. Cal (9-10 overall, 3-3 Pac-12)

For Stanford, it was the Cardinal’s second straight loss as they dropped from first place in the conference. Oscar da Silva led the Cardinal (15-4, 4-2) with 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Bears trailed by 11 with 12 minutes remaining in the second half before going on a 6 1/2-minute, 17-2 run. During that run, Austin had six points. Before his game-winning free throws, Austin had made one of two at the line and a 3-pointer.

Stanford nearly regained the lead on its final possession. Bryce Wills nearly scored at the buzzer, but his basket was waived off by the officials. A brief review convinced officials to uphold the original call, and Cal had its third straight home win.

It’s the fifth consecutive season that Cal and Stanford split their two games. The Cardinal lost despite holding a 30-18 advantage in scoring in the paint and a slight 33-32 rebounding edge.

This Thursday, Stanford hosts Oregon State at Maples Pavilion, while Cal hosts No. 12 Oregon at Haas Pavilion.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitleberg: Will Cal challenge Stanford in spite of their record on Sunday?

gostanford.com photo: Stanford guard Bryce Wills (2) drives the lane against the UCLA Bruin defense on Wed Jan 15th’s game at Pauley Pavilion

On the Stanford podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry the Cardinal (15-3) took a took loss to USC (15-3) last Saturday as USC is a tough building to play in

#2 Try as they may the top scorer for Stanford Oscar da Silva came up with 21 points but da Silva has been consistent

#3 Jerry you also have to like Spencer Jones he came in second in Stanford scoring with 18. The Cardinal are proving potent on offense but USC was a tougher customer.

#4 Jerod Haase coached a great game even though Stanford didn’t get the win with the Cardinal dominating in the first half 45-25.

#5 In spite of the Cal Bears record could all the stats and what’s on paper go out the window and the Bears who are hosting Stanford make a game of this one on Sunday?

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

 

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal odds aren’t great but with the home floor can they beat Stanford

calbears.com photo: The expression on the Cal Bears players says it all as they’ve struggled of late and host Stanford on Sunday

On the Cal podcast with Morris:

#1 Sunday is the Big Game with Stanford (15-3) and Cal (8-9) the Bears are coming off a tough ten point loss to UCLA, Cal has the home floor do they have a shot at beating a very successful Stanford team?

#2 Matt Bradley scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds as the team leading scorer last Saturday in UCLA how much of a load will he have to carry on Sunday against Stanford.

#3 The Cardinal will come in with some of their top scorer in Oscar da Silva who led Stanford against USC in their last game with 21 points what does Cal head coach Mark Fox and Cal need to do to shut da Silva’s game down.

#4 After beating the Washington schools two weeks ago is would that be something positive to look at going into the Stanford game?

#5 Some critics say Cal is missing a lot in talent talk about Mark Fox’s needs and can they look forward to recruiting for next season

Catch Cal Bears podcasts with Morris on Mondays and Michael on Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Cal Bears Thursday game wrap: USC makes work of Cal 88-56; Bears drop to 8-9

calbears.com photo: Cal Bears Matt Bradley (20) takes it to USC on Thursday night, Bradley led Cal with 13 points in Southland

By Michael Duca and Morris Phillips

It was too much Jonah Mathews and Daniel Utomi as the USC Trojans (13-3) defeated the Cal Bears (8-9) on Thursday night 88-56. For Mathews 19 points and for Utomi 17. It was the eighth win in nine tries for USC.

Onyeka Okongwu contributed with eight rebounds and scored 12 points in the victory. The Trojans dominated the contested as Cal could only lead for the first minute and a half and it was all Trojans after that.

The Trojans sank 14 three pointers and took their liberties about it with Mathews chalking up three 3 pointers. Cal’s Matt Bradley scored 13 points as Cal’s top scorer. Bradley normally noted as the top scorer on the Bears could only do so much as the Trojan defense proved just effective.

Cal guard Kareem South scored 12 points but the Bears failed in 20 tries out of 25 to make the three point shot. From the free throw line the Bears suffered just as well going 11-22. The Trojans were well in front in each quarter leading Cal by at least 16 points per each half and pulled down 45 rebounds to Cal’s 28.

The Bears go back to the drawing board as they head to Pauley Pavilion for a Sunday night game with the UCLA Bruins (8-9) for a 5:00 pm tip. The Bruins were walloped by the Stanford Cardinal (15-2) in their last game 74-59.

Morris Phillips and Michael Duca podcast and cover Cal basketball for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears basketball with Michael Duca: After two straight wins can Cal take on USC in the Southland tonight?

latimes.com photo: USC head coach Andy Enfield, right, yells at forward Nick Rakocevic during the first half against UCLA on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Cal (8-8) has won their last two games that has to be a confidence building in this Pac 12 Conference schedule after the Bears lost the Pac 12 opener against Stanford to start conference play.

#2 The two last wins came over Washington State (10-6)  and Washington (11-6) schools with better records and better offense but Mark Fox has made some changes what changes have you seen by coach Fox.

#3 Coach Fox has said he does depend on scoring from Grant Anitcevich and Matt Bradley and they’ve come through in these last two games.

#4 One of the things that Anticevich brought up was the defense was getting better and better with each game.

#5 The real wake up call will be tonight at USC (13-3) against the Trojans can the Bears handle playing on the USC floor and maybe beat the odds?

Cal Bears podcasts with Michael Duca are heard each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal comes off big win over Washington prepares for tough USC Thursday night

calbears.com photo: The Cal Bears Matt Bradley (20) takes a shot over the Washington Huskies forward Jaden McDaniels (0) on Saturday night at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 How important was this 61-58 win for Cal (8-8) to get under their belts on Saturday night at Haas Pavilion

#2 The Bears had been struggling and they was some concern of when they were going to pick up their first win in the Pac 12

#3 The Washington Huskies (11-6) were the odds on favorites coming in they have had a few more successes than Cal but this was one game when the win loss records were thrown out the window

#4 Three players finished in double digits for Cal on Saturday, Matt Bradley (17 pts), Grant Anticevich (13 pts), and Paris Austin (10)

#5 The USC Trojans (13-3) who have won seven of their last eight games, they beat UCLA in their last game 74-63. USC are Cal’s next opponent how do you see Cal handling the Trojans this Thursday the 16th?

Morris is the Cal Bears beat writer and does the Cal podcast each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com