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

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


Second-half comeback sparks Cardinal past Washington 61-55 photo: Stanford coach Jerod Haase celebrates with guard Tyrell Terry after the Cardinal’s 61-55 victory over Washington.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

A late Stanford rally, capped by Tyrell Tyler’s 3-pointer with under two minutes remaining in regulation, helped the Cardinal defeat visiting Washington 61-55 Thursday in Pac-12 men’s basketball at Maples Pavilion.

Daejon Davis scored 12 points in the second half, including his game-tying 3, for the Cardinal (13-2 overall, 2-1 Pac-12). Stanford has won six of its last seven games.

On the defensive end, the Cardinal held Washington scoreless over the last 3 minutes and 12 seconds, and outscored the Huskies 26-8 in the final 11 minutes. In addition, Stanford held UW”s Isaiah Stewart to a season-low four points – his first game under 12 points this season.

Stanford stayed in the game with the combined assistance of Spencer Jones, James Keefe and Oscar da Silva. Jones scored eight of his 14 points in the first half, Keefe added seven first-half points and da Silva bagged all 11 of his points in the second half.

Leading the Huskies was Jaden McDaniels, who accomplished his first career double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds for Washington (11-5, 1-2). Nahziah Carter was next for the Huskies with 16 points.

Oakland native Quade Green was declared academically ineligible by Washington on Thursday. In his place, Elijah Hardy made his first csreer start.

Stanford bounced back from a rough start, as the Cardinal shot 28 percent from the field – 3 of 14 behind the arc – in the first half. Meanwhile, Washington led by as many a 12 before White connected on a 3-pointer to cut Stanford’s deficit to 28-20 at halftime.

Davis underwent concussion protocol after being hit in the eye nearly seven minutes into the first half. He returned just before halftime.

The Cardinal hosts Washington State on Saturday.

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Bears go for their first Pac 12 conference win tonight against WSU photo

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 It’s been a while since Cal (6-8) played it’s last basketball game on Jan 2nd at Stanford (12-2) in a game they lost 68-52 they’ve had a lot of practices since that game.

#2 Talk about Grant Anticevich and Matt Bradley and what they brought to the offense for Cal

#3 The Bears have struggled in the second half of recent games they are in Pac 12 Conference play what do they have to do differently to right the ship.

#4 Morris was saying in his last game recap and podcast that the Bears in their lacked a shot they need to get their offense up to speed.

#5 Tonight they have Washington State (9-5) at Haas Pavilion is the Cougars a good opportunity to get that first conference win?

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Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Bears-Cardinal to open Pac 12 regular season tonight photo: The Cal Bears Grant Anticevich (15) show taking ball down court will join the Golden Bears tonight at Stanford to face the Cardinal at Maples Pavilion in NCAA Basketball action

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 The Cal Bears (6-7) have lost three straight games they go into Stanford to play the Cardinal (11-2) tonight how do see the Bears faring tonight?

#2 Matt Bradley continues to lead the Bears in scoring he finished with 15 points against Harvard on Sun Dec 29th will coach Mark Fox go to Bradley in the lead scoring role.

#3 Kareem South came in second in scoring with 13 points in his last game against Harvard what are some things that coach Fox will look from South tonight against Stanford.

#4 The Cardinal are coming off a tough loss to the Kansas Jayhawks last Sunday they were 11-1 before that game the Cardinal seem to be a force to reckon with

#5 It’s the opener of the Pac 12 season and the Bears at Stanford could actually be a rivalry type game how much does coach Fox look forward to the Pac 12 schedule?

Listen to the Cal Bears basketball podcasts each Thursday with Michael Duca and on Mondays with Morris Phillips

Golden Bears upend the Fighting Illini in the Redbox Bowl 35-20 photo: California quarterback Chase Garbers (7) scrabbles away from Illinois defensive lineman Ayo Shogbonyo (52) during the first half of the Redbox Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif

By Jeremy Kahn

SANTA CLARA-With a chance to finish the season with a winning record, the Illinois Fighting Illini could not overcome a fantastic performance by California Golden Bears quarterback Chase Garbers.

The CAL quarterback threw four touchdowns and ran for another, as the Golden Bears defeated the Fighting Illini 35-20 in the Redbox Bowl before a crowd of 34,177 at Levis Stadium, the home of the NFC Western Division Champion San Francisco 49ers.

Garbers was not the only star for the Golden Bears, as Christopher Brown Jr. carried the ball 20 times for 120 yards and Makai Polk hauled in five catches for a season-high 105 yards, helping the Golden Bears to their first win in the post season since the 2015 Armed Forces Bowl.

After missing the season finale against rival Northwestern due to a concussion, Michigan graduate transfer Brandon Peters returned to the starting lineup and passed for 273 yards on the afternoon. Peters also led the team in rushing, as he gained 68 yards on the ground.

Peters went 22-for-37 before leaving the game late in the fourth quarter, as he flew through the air trying extend the Fighting Iliinis chances in the game. Unfortunately, Peters came up a yard short, giving the ball back to the Golden Bears on downs.

Garbers threw touchdowns of 4,3, 2 and 6 and also added a one-yard scamper, helping the Golden Bears to their highest scoring performance of the season.

Despite being sacked three times, Garbers went 22-for-31 for 272 yards, as he was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player.

Nikko Remigio, who came up huge in the Golden Bears Big Game win against the Stanford Cardinal on November 23 caught four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown.

Donny Navarro was the leading receiver for the Fighting Illini, as he caught six passes for 77 yards. Daniel Barker hauled in three passes for 55 yards and the lone touchdown for the Fighting Illini.

Lombardi Award finalist Evan Weaver led the Golden Bears in tackles with nine, while both Nate Hobbs and Khalan Tolson led the Fighting Illini with eight tackles.

The defensive player of the game was Zeandae Johnson, as he picked up three tackles, a sack, two tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

James McCourt got the Fighting Illini on the board, as he kicked a 25-yard field goal to give them a 3-0 lead.

On the Golden Bears ensuing possession, Garbers found Collin Moore for a four-yard touchdown pass to give them their first lead of the afternoon.

The two teams began to exchange punches on the scoreboard, as Peters gave the Fighting Illini the lead once again, as he found Barker from five yards out.

Garbers then gave the Golden Bears the lead for good, as he scored on a one-yard run on their next series.

The duo of Garbers and Brown extended the Golden Bears lead up to 21-10 with 25 seconds remaining in the first half, as Brown caught a four-yard touchdown pass.

McCourt cut the lead down to eight at the half, as he nailed a 30-yard field goal as time expired at the end of the first half.

Gavin Reinwald got into the act, as he caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Garbers for the only scoring of the third quarter.

The Golden Bears put the finish touches on their scoring, as Remigio caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Garbers.

Reggie Corbin closed out the scoring for both teams, as he scored on a six-yard run with just over eight minutes to go in the game.

NOTES: This was the Fighting Illinis second trip to the Redbox Bowl, and their record falls to 1-1 overall. They defeated the UCLA Bruins in the 2011 game held at AT&T Park by the final score of 20-14.

As for the Golden Bears, this was also their second appearance and both times they came away with a victory, as behind Jahvid Bests bowl game record 186 yards rushing and two touchdowns, the Golden Bears defeated the Miami Hurricanes 24-17.

UP NEXT: With the season over, the Fighting Illini will begin the fifth season under Lovie Smith against the Illinois State Redbirds on September 4, 2020 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

Justin Wilcox will begin his fourth season in Berkeley on August 29 against the UNLV Rebels at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, the new home of the Rebels and the Las Vegas Raiders.

Red Box Bowl/Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Bears feel an advantage playing in Bay Area; Illinois no push over have beaten two big schools

photo from Red Box Bowl at Levis Stadium will host the Illinois Illini and the Cal Bears on Mon Dec 30th

On the Red Box Bowl/Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 At the Red Box Bowl presser on Friday Cal head coach Justin Wilcox and the players were in a great mood

#2 How good does it get for Cal having the Bowl game set in the Bay Area against the Illinois Illini did Wilcox or any of the players address having to play the game in the Bay Area.

#3 In talking with Cal quarterback Chase Garbers quite a year certainly wants to end his season with a win at the Red Box Bowl

#4 Last season the Bears played at the Cheez It Bowl in a game they lost to TCU 10-7 it was kind of a sleeper but being the in Bay Area and the Illini being a good team this could be a shoot out

#5 Coach Wilcox says turnovers can’t be the rule of the day as the Illini took advantage using seven turnovers to upset Wisconsin and win at Michigan State in their two marquee wins.

Morris is a Cal Bears beat writer and does the Bears weekly podcasts each Monday at

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Bears can’t keep up with Boston College; Will Illini-Bears match up be a close one for Red Box Bowl?;

photo from Matt Bradley (20) of the Cal Bears takes a shot against Boston College Eagles on Saturday at Chase Center in San Francisco at the Al Attles Challenge

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 On Saturday at Chase Center was the game against Boston College (8-5) a game that the Cal Bears (6-6) could have won in a 64-60 loss.

#2 The Bears had a chance to hold off the Eagles after leading in the first half the game slipped in the second half when BC outscored Cal 38-31.

#3 Playing at Chase Center was there a different feel a different vibe playing in a neutral site game for the Bears that might have played in their game.

# 4 Matt Bradley led the Bears with 21 points with nine rebounds and two assists he’s been big for Cal but they could have used more help on Saturday.

#5 The Bears now have lost four of their last five games and host Harvard next Sunday at Haas Pavilion

#6 Football: The Illinois Illini and Cal Bears on paper look like evenly matched teams you will have a chance to talk with both teams on Friday 27th at a presser in talking with Cal quarterback Chase Garber how much is riding on this game this Saturday. The Red Box Bowl at Levi Stadium is on Mon Dec 30th.

Morris Phillips does the Cal Bears podcasts each Monday at

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Too much USF and Santa Clara; Bears glad to get back home against Fresno State

Photo credit: @CalMBBall

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

The Cal Bears are unbeaten at home and are winless away from home. The Bears visited a couple of highly rated Jesuited institutions at USF and Santa Clara, but the Bears are back in the friendly confines of their home court at Haas Pavilion on Wednesday night.

They really played an entertaining game against the Fresno State Bulldogs and neither team held a seven or eight point lead at anytime in that game. It was back and forth for the whole evening and although the Bears wound up with a six-point win that was in doubt until the final minute.

Michael Duca does the Cal Bears basketball podcasts each Thursday at

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Great things come in Red Boxes, Cal to meet Illinois Dec. 30th

photo illustration from: Levi’s Stadium.

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 The Illinois Illini (6-6) have lost two straight games and face the Cal Bears (7-5), who have won two straight games at Levi’s Stadium, on Monday, Dec. 30th for the RedBox Bowl.

#2 The Bears won their last game to the UCLA Bruins 28-18. Cal quarterback Chase Garbers 17-29 for 230 yards, one touchdown, and one interception with Cal coming away with a road victory coming into the RedBox Bowl. That’s a positive carryover.

#3 Cal basketball: The loss to the Santa Clara Broncos last Saturday 71-52 saw Cal struggling to shutdown the Broncos offense.

#4 The Bears’ top scorers were Matt Bradley (14 pts), Kareem South (9), and Grant Antecevich (9), while the Bears lost by 19 the top scorers tried to help Cal catch up.

#5 The Bears men’s host Fresno State and face the Bulldogs (2-6), a game that the Bears have a chance to win.

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