Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Cal on roll have won three of last four; Cardinal on four game win streak; plus more

The Cal Bears Matt Bradley (20) takes a fade away shot against the Colorado Buffaloes D’Shawn Schwartz (5) last Thursday night at Haas Pavilion

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 The one game that stands out for the Cal Bears is the loss they took against the Washington Huskies getting walloped 87-52. That got Cal head coach Mark Fox to regroup and the Bears came out and won their next two games against some tough schools Utah and Colorado.

#2 The Stanford Cardinal got a huge win over the Colorado Buffaloes 72-64. The Cardinal are No.21 and got help from leading scorer Bryce Wills who played with a sore ankle and led with a key lay up and 19 points in the win on Sunday.

#3 San Francisco Giant catcher Buster Posey feels like he’s back into the swing of things and a good example of that is when he went yard after hitting a two run home run in the third inning of a spring training game on Sunday against San Diego. He’ll be crucial for the Giants line up.

#4 While sitting on the bench and waiting to get the okay to return to action Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry is hoping to get back in the line up for Golden State from his broken bone in his left hand.

#5 It was almost like a one on one contest when the New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson who finished with 35 points against the Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James with 34 in the Lakers win over the Pelicans 122-114 on Sunday.

Join Barbara Mason for Headline Sports each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com


Cal Bears basketball with Morris Phillips: Bears on roll after taking on tough schools head to Oregon Thursday night

calbears.com photo: The Cal Bears forward Grant Anticevich (15) takes the ball down the floor against the Utah Utes forward Timmy Allen (1) on Saturday at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley

On the Cal basketball podcast with Morris:

#1 After Cal (13-16) beat the Utah Utes on Saturday they got inspiration and also took out the Colorado Buffaloes (18-5) last Thursday teams that are both tough customers

#2 Cal’s offense went all out five players with double figures Matt Bradley 21 points, Grant Anticevich 17, Paris Austin 15, Andre Kelly 15 and Joel Brown  11.

#3 It was a hard fought game that went into overtime and it showed that a good team can come back late in the game like the Bears did

#4 The Bears struggled a good portion of the season what has lit their fire and has this team turned around?

#5 Cal heads to Oregon (22-7) to face the Ducks on Thursday night Morris sets this one up for us

Morris does Cal basketball each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cardinal stun No. 21 Buffaloes in Pac-12 hoops 72-64

gostanford.com photo: The Stanford Cardinal’s Bryce Willis whoops it up with his teammates as the Cardinal defeat the Colorado Buffaloes at Maples Pavilion on Sunday

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Stanford took a large step toward solidifying its chances of reaching the NCAA tournament with a 72-64 men’s basketball victory over No. 21 Colorado Sunday at Maples Pavilion.

It was the fourth consecutive win for the Cardinal (20-9 overall, 10-7 Pac-12), and Colorado’s first three-game losing streak of the season.

Bryce Wills led the Cardinal with 19 points on 9-of-13 field goal shooting. Oscar da Silva was next with 16 points, followed by Daejon Davis and Tyrell Terry with 12 points apiece.

Wills, da Silva and Spencer Jones each grabbed five rebounds. Davis had five assists and Jones had two blocks, three assists and three steals.

Colorado’s top scorer was Tyler Bey with 17 points, followed by D’Shawn Schwartz with 14. McKinley Wright IV added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Buffaloes (21-9 overall, 10-7 Pac-12), who held a 30-29 rebounding edge.

Aside from an early Colorado lead, Stanford led most of the game. A Wills basket with 8:13 to play. The Buffs responded by scoring 10 straight points on three hoops by Wright and two by Bey.

The Cardinal endured a four-minute scoring drought, ended on a short jumper by Wills. Colorado proceded to miss its next seven shots.

By beating Colorado, the Cardinal are assured of a winning conference record going into the final weekend of the regular season, and can still finish with a possible second-place tie.

The Cardinal travel to Oregon State on Thursday.

Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal survive second half against Utes for win

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On the Cardinal podcast with Jerry:

#1 Jerry how important was it that Stanford (19-9) was coming off two wins over the Washington schools and then facing a team they had trouble with the last time they met in the Utah Utes (15-3) and got the victory 70-62.

#2 Like your headline read last night the Cardinal led from wire to wire in this one and never looked back it looked like the Cardinal executed on defense to hold the Utes back just enough to get a eight point win.

#3 In the second half the Utes fought right back outscoring the Cardinal 40-36 and it was just a margin of error that could have cost the Cardinal in that second half

#4 Head coach Jerod Haase said the game was not a thing of beauty but the Cardinal hung on just enough to win it

#5 It doesn’t get any easier as the Cardinal host the Colorado Buffaloes (21-7) Sunday night at Maples Jerry tell us how you see this match up.

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



Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Stanford hosts Sun Devils tonight in effort to get back in win column

gostanford.com file photo: The Stanford Cardinal Tyrell Terry (3) drives on UCLA in Fri Jan 15th photo as the Cardinal meet the ASU Sun Devils tonight at Maples Pavilion

On the Cardinal podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Last Saturday’s game with the Colorado Buffaloes (19-5) wasn’t even close for Stanford (16-7) , the Buffaloes provided some tough offense after trailing at half time.

#2 The Cardinal did have four players Jaiden Delaire (19 pts), Tyrell Terry (18 pts), Spencer Jones (12 pts), and Isaac White (12 points)

#3 The Cardinal were coming off a tough loss to Utah (14-9) the previous Thursday 64-56 it was another battle as the Utes put up some defense to hold the Cardinal

#4 For Stanford head coach Jerod Haase taking a look at those two last loses he will have to go over some the offensive measures to take hold of leads

#5 The Cardinal host the Arizona State Sun Devils (15-8) tonight at Maples Pavilion Jerry tells us how he sees the match up

Catch Jerry on the Stanford Cardinal podcast each Thursday 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


Utes outlast Cardinal in overtime 64-56

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

Utah used a 14-6 overtime run to knock off Stanford 64-56 Thursday in Pac-12 men’s basketball at Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.

Freshman guard Jaxon Brenchley hit a 3-pointer from the left baseline that gave the Utes a 57-53 lead with 2:08 to play in overtime. After a defensive stop, Brenchley penetrated the lane and dished off to Branden Carlson for a dunk, increasing Utah’s lead to six at the 1:10 mark of OT.

Stanford was 2 of 10 shooting in the extra period.

The Cardinal had the last possession of regulation. After a clock malfunction forced a five-minute monitor review, Stanford inbounded from mid-court. Tyrell Terry’s 25-foot jumper missed at the horn.

Stanford (16-6 overall, 5-4 Pac-12) had its last lead at 50-49 on a Terry jumper with 49 seconds remaining in the second half. Utah’s Timmy Allen hit one of two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to tie the game at 50-50.

Allen and Carlson led the Utes (13-9 overall, 3-6 Pac-12) with 15 points apiece, with Riley Battin adding 11, and Rylan Jones finished with six assists.

Battin led Utah rebounders with 11 boards, with Carlson next with 10 rebounds and eight blocks, as the Utes outrebounded Stanford 39-37.

Terry was the Cardinal’s top scorer with 14 points, followed by Daejon Davis with 12. Oscar da Silva added eight points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Bryce Willis finished with nine points.

The Cardinal shot 35.4 percent from the field (23 of 65, 6 of 22 3-point), while Utah shot 36.8 percent (21 of 57, 6 of 19 3-point).

Utah led 28-22 at halftime.

The Cardinal’s road trip continues Saturday afternoon in Boulder, Colo., when they visit No. 24 Colorado.

Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal coming off big win against Oregon faces Colorado Thursday

gostanford.com 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 http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NCAA Basketball podcast with Michelle Richardson: Georgia edges Memphis; FSU crushes Louisville; plus more

si.com 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 http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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.