An interesting, entertaining and at times confounding first 2 weeks in the 2023 season
Catching up on my reading and top tier analysis as always from Don
A few questions.
1. Madsen seems like a very outgoing guy who likes to communicate his thoughts. Yet I don't see anything in print shows that type of communication after or games . Why is that?
2. It seems our opponents so far are poor to average at best. What gives? Wny are we not living up to the potential Madsen seems to have communicated we have? Is that primarily due to our injuries? I got the impressioin from all of the Madsen comments that we have a deep bench. Facts don't seem to show that so far.
Now this was a well thought out article. It made me enjoy cal basketball more than I was, and gave credit where credit was good for good play.
Great write-up with spot-on observations.
It’s certainly tough to draw any meaningful conclusions about this team without Keonte Kennedy. The 6’5” SG is their best perimeter defender, which would definitely help a team that struggles to defend from beyond the arc. On O, he hit 38% of his 3’s last year while his ability to get into the paint would also make the club more difficult to defend. Early practice reports indicated the offense was much more crisp and efficient with KK in the mix…he’s just a glue guy.
Toss in the injuries to starting PG Askew and 6th man Celestine, and it’s fair to say the club we’re seeing over Thanksgiving will likely look far different from the one we see on Valentine’s Day.
Not with standing our injuries, Cal's performance tonight was abysmal. It's not even fun watching them. Fortunately I have season tickets to the women's team as well.
Im surprised the commentary paid scant attention to Cal's defense. With far less talent, Mark Fox's team played more fundamental team and position defense. I understand the Bears are learning to play together, but their two losses were the result of poor defense.
si.com wrote an article about who might be the Pac 12 football champ, which does not mention Cal. Can I post it, as it doesn't mention Cal (I don't believe) so the Cal fans who read WFC can read it? Tx.
Great article. Since this team is new and working around its floor, it's nice to see glimmers of its ceiling. Time will tell if Madsen can teach Aimaq his secrets of tough defense or if the team will find ways to ease his burden through scheme.
Great observations - and while mildly disappointed in results to date, one thing I’m super encouraged by is process. It’s early but I’m completely convinced we’re on the right road.
A question on some of the Bears defensive issues - Fardaws aside, we’ve been giving up above average 3 point shooting nights to opponents. Is this a structural issue with the D, personnel or just variance and catching teams on hot shooting nights?