Tip-Off: 6PM PT
TV: PAC-12 Networks
Radio: KGO 810AM & TuneIn
Injury report from the Santa Clara side to my knowledge
Starting C Josip Vrankic (mono, questionable), been out since nov 13
Backup C Jaden Bediako (non covid illness, questionable) didn’t play in SCU’s last game on tuesday
Keys to the game: Santa Clara needs pace, especially averaging over 80 ppg. If they push the pace and get in transition the game is over.
Cal needs to get to Kelly early and often, especially with the unknown of Santa Clara centers. If Vrankic plays then Kelly will have to play some defense, but can get physical in his first game back on the offensive end and force him to work on defenses.
Win win game for me, hopefully I see some of you there as I hop off BART now enroute to Top Dog.
Good win by Cal. As I told Rob and Avi, SCU is a finesse team (going there I’ve seen their home games), they fold at physicality and have a lack of mental fortitude.
While SCU may have more talent, Cal had more grit and physicality which is what won them this game. Good win regardless in a game I had SCU winning 72-60 (irony for the final score),
Update: Backup C Jaden Bediako (Foot) is OUT
Starting C Josip Vrankic (mono) looks to be probable (seeing him warmup), big get for SCU
Cal also has a women's basketball. team They defeated McNeese State, 102-60 this afternoon at Haas to raise their record to 7-2. Cal's leading scorer is Jayda Curry who has already been named conference freshman of the week three times. The team deserves more support and recognition -- and coverage.
Vrankuc wasn't in attendance. Cal game plan was to take Parker Braun inside as he can't guard anyone and it worked quite well.
Really good win by the Bears...very nice effort.
Lars Thiemann gave them solid minutes in the crucial stretch of the first half....kid has a couple solid efforts in a row...nice to see...good job Lars.
Alajiki giving boss 6th man energy.
Less Joel Brown and Anticevich, Mark...don't know why it's so hard to figure out....
The starting lineup Fox used tonight CAN NOT score the basketball...Shepherd, Grant and Joel Brown are all looking to shoot, all with varying degrees of success, or lack thereof...
More Makale and Alajiki...that's a far better combo for a game that prioritizes being able to put the ball through the hoop.
Best stretch of basketball of the year for the Bears here behind Makale Foreman with Alajiki on the court AND Lars F-ing Thiemann giving huge minutes.
Sendek must think he's out of timeouts
Sam Alajiki should start for this team...any night that this kid doesn't get 22-25 minutes is a disservice to the team.
After an OK start, Bears get sloppy with the ball. And they can't get a shot off in the paint, with Santa Clara swatting 3 downlow early.
Alajiki should not be the 4th guy off the bench on this team, Celestine has regressed & Foreman can't guard anybody...
Only reason we're not down double digits is Broncos aren't hitting their jumpers.
If you're in attendance, I'll see you there!