The Bears fall 57-50 in a slow, defensive rock fight
I'm sure you saw this as well Nick, but Stanford's 2 offensive rebound putbacks were literally just Cal players fumbling defensive rebounds and completely losing awareness. The inability to use the snake high pick and roll over and over with JS31 and LT21 was painful. The fact that LT21 was our best player also says something. Fox not putting in Foreman earlier was heinous, especially with Kuany and Brown playing stand around and do nothing simulator.
Also thank God I didn't impulsively decide to go to this game you have no idea how close I was to hopping on caltrain from Santa Clara and going to this mess.
I don't think you should have broken your rule. Bowser and Thorpe haven't played a minute this year. Both are sophomores, and would presumably have had an opportunity to show their growth as players. Kuany has shown that growth this year, albeit a year late, probably due to Covid issues last year. And having Thorpe would allow Fox to play with two bigs. Foreman and Shepherd have both been dealing with nagging injuries all season. All five of these players are Fox recruits (two from the portal). And now Kelly gets hurt right before a three-game stretch of winnable games. Give Fox a break. He inherited a dumpster fire from Jones and Williams, team development was hampered in Fall 20 by Covid, and now he's dealing with an inordinate number of injuries. And even with last night's loss, the team's improvement is notable.
Not on topic, but I thought Cal fans would be interested in reading a summary of how Fernando Mendoza did at the Elite 11 QB tryouts in Orlando. Comments are good. Lists a few other big schools that were interested in him. Read elsewhere this morning he was in discussions with Alabama to be a preferred walk on there. See second link below.
I think he's the guy in the red hat wore backwards. Big guy. 6'4"
I was encouraged that Anticevich showed some new moves, at least one to the basket, that made him a lot more mobile and used his height. Hope he keeps that up.
Agree with TD 24 that Cal was unlucky in the way the ball bounced on Stanford misses, giving Stanford the ball for easy put backs.
Game should have been ours, but we couldn't catch the gosh darn ball or make a key shot. Very frustrating.