Tip-Off: 7:00PM PT
TV: Pac-12 Network
Radio: 810 AM & TheVarsityApp
KenPom Predicted Score: 65-62 Win (61%)
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Some interesting factoids about Texas State HC Terrence Johnson:
Has only been head coach for 2 full seasons
In those 2 seasons, he has 39 total wins, back to back Sun Belt regular season champions, lead the Bobcats to their first ever NIT berth, is 2 time SBC coach of the year, and was the first ever coach to lead the Bobcats to back to back conference regular season titles.
A great resume for such a short time for the 43 year old HC
Take the Bobcats with points and maybe on the ML as well
Guess the attendance. I'll go with 46 ppl.
Texas State 65, Cal 56
Buried in the deepest recess of the latest, desperate edition of Knowlton Notes is this nugget: "On the men’s basketball front, we haven’t met expectations so far this year and nobody is more frustrated than Coach Fox and I. Our student-athletes continue to battle and work hard every single day." Sound familiar? If you've ever written Knowlton, it's a repeated talking point. I'd also like to know what said "expectations" actually are.
Teams have learned that Cal can be had with smaller, quicker players playing aggressively. The thing is, the players that Cal is missing are better, but not *that* much better. I don’t see Celestine saving the day.
Cal has too many injuries. Texas St. has won their conference the last two years. And Cal can't handle the ball. Cal will get better.
Are we going to win any games this year? Of course, not with plays like whatever that long inbound was. But just in general, I don't know if we have a single win on the schedule.
Cal 0-5 59-55
WTF was that play, Mark?
7.8 seconds left and you try a full court pass? Turnover of course.
Both teams shooting about 80% free throws late in the game.
0:07.8 Cal down 58-55
:19 Cal down 56-53
0:19 Cal down 54-53
0:26 Cal down 54-51
0:27 Cal down 53-51
2:00 Cal down 53-49.
btw - in several years, I’ve yet to see a ref call the foot fault on the free throw shooter. Can’t touch inside the key until the ball hits the rim. Happens a lot.
And just that quick we give up a wide-open three.
5:00 Cal down 48-45
I love seeing the flop calls. It’s about time.
Askew going one on four for the offensive foul. Inexcusable.
Bad charge call on Brown. The man was not set, although Brown did lower his shoulder. We’ve seen that sort of offensive foul from Cal way too often this season.
Braun must be the most positive man on the planet. If you only listened to him, but didn’t watch the game you think that Cal was up by 20.
Braun has been talking about Cal's injuries. I am concerned about how Cal can't handle the ball and to many fouls.
12:00 to go Cal down 40-31
It’s nights like tonight that I’m thankful I don’t get the Pac-12 network.
Alajiki still working hard, nice move to the rim.
Too bad we still can’t guard the three.
And a nice step back three by Askew.
Nice feed to Lars
Believe me, I am anxious to make a positive remark here, but these guys are the gang that can’t shoot straight.
Another lazy pass by Askew resulting in a turnover.
Askew swatted for the second time
Alajiki’s wide open shot was super close… To the rim.
Love watching the ball bounce off of Lars.
Askew just hammered the guy. Bad no call.
Anwanyu’s back…would say he’s been hurt but guaranteed Fox would’ve mentioned it before.
Play FASTER Bears.
Cal should be playing the type of defense that Texas State is playing.
Big Game magic will rub off on this game.
Cal 60 - Texas State 54
Texas St forwards average 5' 6". Could be a matchup problem for the Bears...