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
After the Stanford and Cal women’s basketball teams finished 1-2 in the Pac-12 standings during the regular season, it seems only fitting they appear destined to meet in the conference tournament title game.
The each took a step toward that on Thursday.
The No. 2 Cardinal got 18 points and seven rebounds from Nneka Ogwumike and 16 points and 11 rebounds from sister Chiney Ogwumike to dispatch of Washington 76-57 in the quarterfinals in Los Angeles. Read More
Bears rebound after falling to Cardinal in regular-season finale Jorge Gutierrez scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half and recorded seven assists as Cal defeated rival Stanford 77-71 Thursday in the Pac-12 quarterfinals in Los Angeles, exacting a bit of revenge after the Cardinal beat the Bears on Sunday in the regular-season finale.
Harper Kamp scored 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and Justin Cobbs added 15 points as second-seeded Cal (24-8) snapped a two-game losing skid. 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
If any team is capable of beating No. 2 Stanford at the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament this week, it’s probably Stanford itself. And even that’s a long shot. Read More
Quarterbacks were the first subject as Cal coach Jeff Tedford had a media teleconference call Monday.
Danville quarterback Zach Kline came to Cal a semester early, so he’s eligible for spring practice, which will start March 13. How much does that help him?
“It’s always a help for a quarterback to participate in practice,” Tedford said. “Just being in a huddle, getting to know the offense, all those things help.” Read More
BERKELEY — And the streak goes on.
The No. 2 Stanford women’s basketball team extended its historic conference-winning streak to 75 games by whipping Cal 86-61 at Haas Pavilion on Sunday night in the highly anticipated Battle of the Bay rematch.
“This was probably our biggest Pac-12 [Conference] win,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. 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
BERKELEY — The late-inning magic that propelled Cal to the College World Series last year wasn’t needed Tuesday. Instead, the Bears jumped on a string of USF miscues to earn a 5-3 victory at Evans Diamond. Read More
With only three games left, the Cal men’s basketball team is in control of its own destiny in pursuit of the Pac-12 Conference regular-season championship.
Cal (22-6, 12-3 Pac-12) and Washington are tied in first place, but the Golden Bears hold the tiebreaker, having won the only matchup between the two teams on Jan. 19. Read More