BERKELEY — Cal men’s basketball coach Mike Montgomery was reprimanded by the Pac-12 Conference on Monday for shoving one of his own players in the chest during a game.
The conference did not announce what specific punishment Montgomery received for his actions Sunday night, although he will not be suspended. Read More
BERKELEY — If defense wins games, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Cal men’s basketball team picked up its first win against a top-10 opponent in more than five years last week.
The Bears (13-8, 5-4 Pac-12 Conference) grabbed a much-needed signature win against Oregon (then No. 10) on Saturday by forcing 22 turnovers, allowing only three second-chance points and limiting the Ducks to 2-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc. Read More
A bleak season in Berkeley received a jolt of good news this week: Brandon Smith appears healthy enough to rejoin the Cal men’s basketball team in the near future.
After a 6-0 start, the Bears’ season suddenly took a 180-degree turn in December. Smith went down with a head injury, sophomore guard Ricky Kreklow re-injured his surgically repaired right foot and the team has lost seven of its past 11 games. Read More
The climb to the NCAA Tournament is steeper for the Cal men’s basketball team in the wake of its 74-64 loss to No. 16 Creighton on Saturday.
The Bears finished second in the Pac-12 Conference at 13-5 last season, but they didn’t pick up a single win against a ranked opponent. As a result, Cal was assigned to the tournament’s First Four round when the selection committee drew up its brackets. Read More
BERKELEY — A dejected Allen Crabbe sat in front of the room and tried to explain how the Cal men’s basketball team let a golden opportunity slip away against UNLV in the final seconds.
“It was a perfect day to show what we can do,” he said softly, “and it came down to one play. We just made a defensive play ... we were right there.” Read More
Coach Mike Montgomery’s Cal men’s basketball team lost 263 games of NCAA experience when Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp graduated last spring. But with a strong nucleus returning, his squad should weather the losses and make another run at the Big Dance this year.
Despite Gutierrez and Kamp’s departure, Cal’s roster is loaded with experience featuring five players who have started at least 10 games in their college careers. Read More
Cal men’s basketball coach Mike Montgomery agreed to a two-year contract extension Monday that will keep him at the school at least through the 2015-16 season.
Montgomery led Cal to a 24-10 overall record and a second-place finish in the Pac-12 Conference with a 13-5 mark.
The Bears reached the NCAA Tournament, but were knocked out in a play-in game by South Florida. Read More
BERKELEY — Twenty-four wins sure doesn’t buy a Pac-12 Conference basketball team what it used to. Despite finishing second in the conference with a 13-5 record (24-9 overall), Cal was relegated to the NCAA Tournament’s recently added play-in round when brackets were unveiled Sunday. Read More
As is sometimes the case in sports, what’s ahead is more important than what just happened.
For Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball, it really can’t be any simpler than that.
If there is any lesson worth learning from recent history, it’s that the winner of the conference tournament, which tips off today in Los Angeles, is the only sure bet to be celebrating on Selection Sunday. And, at the moment, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious favorite to seize that assured bid. Read More
STANFORD — Cal coach Mike Montgomery, who for 18 seasons skippered the Stanford men’s basketball team, knew exactly what made the rival Cardinal a dangerous foe.
It was Stanford’s depth.
But Stanford’s bench, despite outscoring Cal 27-4, alone didn’t propel the underdog Cardinal to a 75-70 win Sunday at Maples Pavilion, spoiling Cal’s bid for a shared Pac-12 Conference title and a No. 1 seeding for the this week’s conference tourney. Read More