Ducks, Pritchard overwhelm Cardinal in regular season finale 80-67 photo: Stanford Cardinal Oscar da Silva (13) stands in the way of an Oregon Duck on Saturday night in Oregon

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Payton Pritchard poured in a game-high 29 points for Oregon Saturday, as the No. 13-ranked Ducks defeated Stanford 80-67 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene in the Pac-12 regular season men’s basketball finale for both schools.

The Ducks (24-7 overall, 13-5 Pac-12) won the conference title and clinched the No. 1-seed in next week’s conference tournament. Oregon had clinched a share of the Pac-12 title earlier on Saturday when Southern California defeated UCLA. It’s the Ducks’ seventh league championship and third in the last five years.

Oscar da Silva led the Cardinal with 18 points and seven rebounds to go with an assist, a steal and a block. Spencer Davis was 4 of 5 from 3[point range and finished with 15 points. Daejon Davis scored 13 points, dished out seven assists and collected two steals, and Bryce Wills added 10 points.

The Cardinal shot 47.1 percent from the field (24 of 51, 7 of 16 3-point).

Helping out Pritchard was Anthony Mathis with 14 points and Will Richardson with 12. Shakur Juiston pulled down nine rebounds, as Oregon outrebounded the Cardinal 28-20.

The Ducks shot 56.9 percent (29 of 51, 10 of 19 3-point).

Oregon extended its five-point halftime lead to 40-31 early in the second half. A Pritchard 3-pointer sparked a 10-point run as the Ducks built their biggest lead at 57-42

The Cardinal battled back with a seven-point run, cutting Oregon’s lead to 57-49. Pritchard hit another 3, followed by a layup to build the Ducks’ lead to 62-49 with 6:38 to play.

Stanford (20-11, 9-9) plays Bay Area rival California Wednesday in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. Oregon meets the Oregon State-Utah winner in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Record-setting night for Tinkle lifts Beavers past Cardinal 68-65 photo

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, March 5, 2020

A record-setting night for Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle sparked the Beavers past Stanford 68-65 Thursday in Pac-12 men’s basketball at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

With the victory, Oregon State (16-13 overall, 6-11 Pac-12) is assured of a winning season, and completed a sweep of the Cardinal (20-10, 9-8) while snapping Stanford’s four-game winning streak.

Tinkle broke the OSU all-time scoring record with a game-high 23 points. He passed Gary Payton, who scored 2,172 points for the Beavers. Tinkle has scored 2,190 points (seventh in Pac-12 history) and has one game left to play.

In addition, Tinkle was 6 of 6 from the free throw line in the final 1:25 as the Beavers held on after rallying from a 30-26 deficit in the final two minutes.

Etan Thompson was next on the Beaver scoring list with 15 and Zach Reichle added 10. Thompson also had five rebounds and five assists, a steal and a block. Kylor Kelley contributed nine points and seven rebounds for the Beavers,

Bryce Wills led a balanced Cardinal attack with 16 points, followed by Oscar da Silva with 14, Tyrell Terry with 13, Daejon Davis with 10 and Jaiden Delaire with nine.

Terry also had 10 rebounds and five assists; Davis had five boards and three steals.

Oregon State shot 43.8 percent from the field (21 of 48, 8 of 20 3-pointers), while the Cardinal finished with a 44.6 shooting percentage (3 of 15 behind the arc).

The Beavers led 34-32 at halftime, and forged a 9-2 run to open the second half.

A Terry jumper put Stanford up 65-64 with 33 seconds to play. Two free throws by Tinkle put Oregon State back ahead at 66-65 with 17.6 left.

The Cardinal called a time out after advancing the ball to midcourt with 3.1 seconds remaining. Isaac White’s 3-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer.

Stanford needs a win at No. 13 Oregon on Saturday to help make its case for an NCAA tournament bid. The Cardinal haven’t played in the Big Dance since 2014.

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

photo from 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


Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Improved Golden Bears get another test in Colorado on Thursday night photo: Cal prepares for their game against the Buffaloes in Colorado on Thursday night

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Cal (10-9) played a close game against the Oregon Ducks (18-4) on Thursday losing by five points 77-72 Cal gave it their all and could have very well won this game

#2 Cal was coming off a huge win against the Stanford Cardinal (16-4) and then played a very close game against a nationally ranked team like Oregon speaks to the improvement of the team in just a short time after taking a ten point loss in UCLA

#3 Cal also hosted a much improved Oregon State Beavers (13-9) team and beat the Beavers by two points 69-67 in a game where it’s a two point difference it reflects that it’s a all team effort as oppose to relying on one guy

#4 The Cal numbers are improved on offense the Bears had four players finish in double figures against OSU including leading scorer Matt Bradley with 25 points.

#5 The Bears head to Colorado (17-5) to face the Buffaloes on Thursday night the Buffaloes are a tough customer can Cal head coach Mark Fox and the Bears keep it going in this style of basketball

Michael Duca does the Cal Bears basketball podcasts each Thursday at

Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal coming off big win against Oregon faces Colorado Thursday photo: Oregon at Stanford photo from Sat Feb 1st at Maple Pavilion in Palo Alto

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry F:

#1 After coming off loses to Cal (10-9) and Oregon State (13-9)  the Cardinal felt the pressure to win and avoid a third straight loss and beat the Oregon Ducks (18-5)

#2 The Cardinal Oscar da Silva led the way for Stanford and scored 27 points one of two players in the Cardinal line up who scored in double figures

#3 Tyrell Terry who scored 12 came in second in scoring although the ball was going to de Silva much of the night the Cardinal did rely on Terry on offense

#4 Oregon always tough in the second half of games got crushed in the second half against Stanford that made all the difference 42-24.

#5 The Cardinal are in Utah (12-9) on Thursday night the Cardinal have lost two of their last three games including a brutal loss to the Cal Bears, Jerry talks about the match up in Utah.

Jerry does the Stanford Cardinal basketball podcasts each Thursday at

Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal coming off two straight loses hopes to put it together tonight against OSU

The Stanford Cardinal’s Oscar da Silva (13) takes a lay up against the Cal Bears Lars Thiemann (21) at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley on Sat Jan 26th (ap photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The loss for Stanford (15-4) to Cal (8-10) certainly came at a big surprise as the Bears Paris Austin scored two free throws that clinched it for Cal 52-50.

#2 It was a battle and Stanford heard Cal’s footsteps all game long as Stanford took a 23-21 half time lead into the dressing room

#3 In the second half Cal clipped the Cardinal’s chances in the closing minutes of the game 31-27

#4 Cal had a 17-2 run on Stanford to catch up and although both teams scored a low total it was a cliffhanger all game long

#5 Stanford finds themselves in a very strange place on a two game losing streak coming off loses to USC and then Cal. The Cardinal face the Oregon State Beavers (12-8) they’ll be heavily relying on Oscar da Silva and Daejon Davis for tonight’s game.

Join Jerry Feitelberg for the Cardinal podcasts on Thursdays at


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


NCAA Basketball podcast with Michelle Richardson: Georgia edges Memphis; FSU crushes Louisville; plus more photo: Sahvir Wheeler (15) and Anthony Edwards (5) of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrate as they defeated Memphis on Saturday night

On the NCAA podcast with Michelle:

#1 (10-3) 65 UGA vs. Memphis 62 (12-2)

#2 (13-2) 78 Florida State vs. Louisville 63 (11-3)

#3 (12-3) 69 Oregon vs. Utah 64 (10-4)

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

Listen to Michelle each Sunday for the podcast at

Block Out The Noise: Ducks–not the Utes–bring the physicality in 37-15 Pac-12 Championship upset

By Morris Phillips

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — That noise which always connects itself to a really big football game begins as whispers then morphs into a crescendo of chirpiness as the kickoff approaches.

That noise finally managed to irritate the insular Oregon Ducks.

Not only did their opponent have everything to play for–a BCS berth, a Pac-12 Championship, the unofficial title of Salt Lake’s most formidable team of the new millennium–and the Ducks little if anything, the word was the Utah Utes were the more physical team, with the inference that the Ducks were… soft.20191206_204334

“Quite frankly, I think maybe these guys all week long got a little bit tired of hearing we weren’t the more physical team,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “It gives you a little bit of an edge.”

That edge grew into a force for Oregon in the first quarter of the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday. In succession, the Ducks stuffed the Utes on 4th-and-1 at the Oregon 33, forced a three-and-out, blocked a punt, then on Utah’s fourth possession, picked off quarterback Tyler Huntley, who had only thrown two interceptions all season.

Although the Ducks led just 10-0 after the first quarter, the tone had been set. Oregon was settling in, Utah was on its heels–maybe for the first time in 2019.

“We didn’t win the line of scrimmage for the first time all season, which is, like I say, disappointing. Surprising, really,” coach Kyle Whittingham admitted.

The Ducks would increase their lead to 20-0 at the half, then see the Utes surge briefly to trail just 23-15 near the end of the third, only to see the Ducks recharge in the fourth, and sprint to a 37-15 win that sends them to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl as conference champs.

Utah, riding the momentum of being the nation’s most dominate defense team statistically, needed a win Friday to put themselves in prime position for a date with No. 1 LSU in the national semifinals. Instead, the Pac-12 South champs, with 10 players likely headed to the NFL, will settle for yet to be officially determined date in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

The result was shocking, the numbers even more so.

Utah allowed more than 17 points in a win only once all season, that in their close call at Washington where they prevailed 33-28. In their only loss to USC, they allowed the Trojans 30 points. Other than two, previously-mentioned results, they pitched two shutouts, smashed Oregon State 52-7, pounced on UCLA, 49-3, and stuffed Arizona and Arizona State by a combined score of 56-10.

Huntley put himself into the periphery of the Heisman discussion by throwing 16 touchdowns and only two interceptions. In part, Utah’s defense dominated because their offense never relinquished the ball. Only twice did the Utes fail to win the time of possession–both times by less than a minute in games against UCLA and Northern Illinois they won easily. Utah’s last three wins came by a combined 104 points.

But on Friday, Huntley threw two interceptions while being sacked six times, the time of possession was virtually even, and Utah never snapped the ball inside the Oregon 20-yard line. Yes, no red zone opportunities.

Five, first half Utah possessions reached Oregon’s 40-yard line, but none went past the 30.

Did the bright lights of the moment dull the Utes? Did they get caught looking ahead to Joe Burrow and LSU? Whittingham said no.

“I think our guys handled it the right way,” said Whittingham. “We just didn’t play very well tonight.”

Oregon saw their own national aspirations dashed two weeks earlier in a sluggish loss at Arizona State. Then they looked better, but not much better, in beating Oregon State to conclude the regular season.

Few saw their superior effort on Friday coming. Not even some their own fans in attendance. But on the game’s first possession, the Ducks marched down the field in nine plays, culminating with C.J. Verdell’s 3-yard run for a touchdown. Verdell was just getting started, with Utah as close as they would get, down 23-15, Verdell broke through the line of scrimmage and raced for a 70-yard TD run.  As the culmination of Verdell’s night in which he would rush for 208 yards and be named the game’s MVP, he would score a third time to put the game on ice, from 31 yards out with 2:33 remaining.

“It was a little bit of everything. It starts with the players, their commitment to establishing the run,” Cristobal said. “Their film study, the way they practiced this week. The way that the line blocked. The way that (quarterback Justin Herbert) carried out his fakes and ran with the ball as well.”

Utah held 11 of their 12 opponents under 100 yards rushing, only to surrender 239 to Verdell, Herbert and the Ducks.

The Utes loss bring clarity to the BCS picture in that only two scenarios seem plausible heading into the season’s final Saturday. If Georgia can knock off LSU, they’ll be the fourth entrant. If Georgia fails, whoever wins the Big 12, Oklahoma or Baylor, will be in.

For Clemson and Ohio State, a win in their conference championships will land them a date against each other as the brackets No. 2 and 3 seeds. Undefeated LSU will probably qualify, win or lose.

Cal Bears football podcast with Morris Phillips: Too much offense gives Cal dizzy spells in lopsided shutout win at Utes

photo from Utah’s Zack Moss (2) reaches the end zone while scoring one of his two touchdowns in his a win over Cal in Salt Lake City.

On The Cal Bears Football podcast with Morris:

#1 In one of the most difficult games of the season for the Golden Bears (4-4) and no doubt their worst of 2019. The Utah Utes (7-1) went to work on the Cal scoring the opening volley with a touchdown. Running back Zack Moss carried for a 4-yard run at 4:50 in the first quarter.

#2 Cal would remain scoreless in the first half as the Utes would score three more touchdowns in the second quarter on a Utes quarterback Bryan Thompson 40-yard pass to Tyler Huntley, a Jason Shelly 1-yard run, and a Brant Kuithe 1-yard pass to Jason Shelly. At the half, Cal could have asked for the mercy rule. It was 28-0.

#3 In the second half, the Utes picked up one more score in the third quarter at 9:26. Zack Jones carried for ten yards to put the frosting on the cake as the Utes would win it 35-0.

#4 Morris, what best explains best why Cal just simply couldn’t get any offense going and did quarterback Spencer Brasch, who went 7-19 for 47 yards, lack enough time and protection to throw the ball?

#5 Washington State (4-4) is up next. Cougars lost to Oregon on Saturday 37-35 and are 1-4 in their last five games. Taking some of WSU’s defensive issues under consideration, do you see Cal with a light at the end of the tunnel to win this game this coming Saturday?

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