Cal Men’s Basketball Opponent Preview 22-23: Ducks and Beavers visit Berkeley
Oregon schools in town
HC: Dana Altman
Record: 10-8 (4-3)
Will Richardson (Senior Guard)
Jermaine Couisnard (Senior Guard)
N’Faly Dante (Senior Center)
The Ducks are one of the hardest teams to gauge in the conference this season. They’ve lost to the top top teams in the country in Houston, UConn, and UCLA. They’ve beaten all the teams they should’ve beaten like Florida A&M, Montana State, UC-Riverside, Portland. They’ve lost and beaten teams around their KenPom rankings in Nevada, Utah, Villanova, Washington State. But then you have losses like to UC-Irvine, Utah Valley while having wins like Arizona. It’s probably a rollercoaster of a season for Ducks fans as they can’t figure out which team will show up on any given gameday. Will they get the team that was 1.21 PPP and shooting 71% from inside the arc beating Arizona by 19, while holding them to just .94 PPP and 38.5% from 2? Or… Will they be the team that gives up 1.32 PPP, 58.8% from 2 and 44.8% from 3 while shooting just 47.2% from 2 and losing by 17 to ASU? We’ll find out who the Bears play on Wednesday night.
Oregon State Beavers
HC: Wayne Tinkle
Record: 7-11 (1-6)
Jordan Pope (Freshman Guard)
Glenn Taylor Jr. (Sophomore Forward)
The Beavers are in Berkeley and are the only worse KenPom team the Bears will face in the conference this season. The Bears are currently ranked 205 on KenPom with the Beavers at 223. Oregon State won their first Pac-12 game, back on December 1st against Washington, and then has lost 6 consecutive conference games. They rank at the bottom in nearly all statistical categories on offense and defense. They actually rank 1st in two categories. 3PT% and FT% on offense when only considering conference games. The Bears are actually the second-best 3PT% team in the conference when only considering Pac-12 games as well. So another game where the Bears could get a very different Beavers team at tip-off from what we’ve seen them play at.
Bears will split the homestand.
Not enough is made of Mark Fox’s complete and total disregard of big men in his 4 years of recruiting at Cal…does this team really need 9 wing players?