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Basketball: Randle earning praise

It’s an indication of how far Cal point guard Jerome Randle has come that post-game comments from North Carolina A&T coach Jerry Eaves after the Bears’ 82-47 victory Monday night almost sounded as if he were talking about someone else.

“I love him,” Eaves said after Randle scored 20 points with two steals and two assists. “I think he’s probably one of the better point guards in the country. He’s tremendous with the ball, he leads the team, he’s in control of the situation.

“I think he’s developed into a really good player. He’s just a team floor general. Without him, it would be very difficult for them. He’s a one-man press by himself. He works the ball for 30 minutes.”

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Posted on Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
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Football: Tuesday night

Hello everyone. This is Curtis Pashelka. I attended Tuesday night’s practice at Memorial, filling in for Jonathan.

There’s not much to report. LB Zack Follett missed practice because a schoolwork-related activity, coach Jeff Tedford said. Tedford also said lineman Kevin Bemoll, who was moved to the offensive line as a stopgap to provide some depth, will be moved back to defense once the season’s over.  Also, depending on how next week’s practice goes, Tedford said QB Nate Longshore might get some snaps in the Washington game.  

Tedford commented on Washington, and how last year’s game was brought up in today’s team meeting. In that game, the Huskies dominated the line of scrimmage and piled up some 360 yards on the ground and scored three rushing touchdowns.

“That had never happened to us before, since we’ve been here, that I can remember. So there’s going to be a lot of motivation to make sure we take care of our assignments and do our job so that doesn’t happen again,” said Tedford, who added that any leftover excitement about Saturday’s win over Stanford has been officially put to bed. 

Tedford was asked if he’s pulling for either Oregon State or Oregon in this weekend’s Civil War. He said he’ll be watching and will try to be prepared for any scenario, but doesn’t have any rooting interest.

I asked Tedford if he’s concerned at all that if Oregon and Cal wind up tied for third in the Pac-10, that the Holiday Bowl committee will take the Ducks, even though the Bears beat them head to head. There’s been some scuttlebutt recently in media blogs that the Pac-10 representative will be the Ducks, regardless of the winner this weekend. Jon Wilner of the Merc also has an explanation here.

Tedford hadn’t heard of this and understandably didn’t wish to comment on such speculation. After all, the conventional wisdom still has the Bears going to San Diego if OSU wins this weekend. Jonathan had a story about this last week.    

Anyway, that was it. Have a good night.

-Curtis

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
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Basketball: Recruiting class gets little respect

The recruiting Web site rivals.com rated the class Cal signed last week as only the No. 8 group in the Pac-10 Conference. The Bears signed post players Markhuri Sanders-Frison and Bak Bak, but also have a commitment from point guard Brandon Smith of De La Salle High, who is expected to attend without a scholarship his freshman year.

Here’s how rivals ranked the Pac-10 recruiting classes (with national rankings in parenthesis): 1. UCLA (8); 2. Washington (20); 3. Arizona State; 4. USC; 5. Oregon State; 6. Washington State; 7, Oregon; 8. Cal; 9. Stanford; 10. Arizona

Arizona, of course, signed no one after coach Lute Olson announced he was retiring.

The big winner nationally, according to rivals, was the Big 12, which signed seven of the top 25 class. Texas (2), Kansas (5), Oklahoma (11) and Oklahoma State (12) led the way.

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
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Basketball: Bears prepare to enter fast lane

Here’s the statistical bottom line on the dramatic shift Cal’s nonconference schedule is about to make:

– The four teams the Bears have beaten so far, from the Big West, WCC, MEAC and an independent, have a combined record of 9-8. Two of them have losing records.

– The Bears’ next five opponents are from the Mountain West, Big East, ACC and Big 12 and have lost a combined total of two games. They are in Las Vegas this weekend to face UNLV (5-0) on Friday and either Cincinnati (4-0) or Florida State (5-0) on Saturday.

“Vegas is going to be a good tournament for us,” coach Mike Montgomery said.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
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Football: Tepper likely to petition

Cal coach Jeff Tedford said on the weekly Pac-10 teleconference that offensive tackle Mike Tepper likely will petition for a sixth year of eligibility. Tepper has missed the season recovering from pectoral muscle surgery.

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
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Football: Rodgers “highly doubtful”

This is news that significantly impacts Cal. It looks like Oregon State star running back Jacquizz Rodgers isn’t going to play against Oregon on Saturday. The Bears need Oregon State to win if they want to go to the Holiday Bowl.

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
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Football: Live chat update

Because of Thanksgiving, we won’t be holding our live chat this Thursday. I’ll be back on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
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Basketball: Morning-after story

Here’s a link to today’s story on Cal’s 82-47 win over North Carolina A&T.

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
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Basketball: North Carolina A&T game string

Here’s an ongoing update on the action at tonight’s Cal vs. North Carolina A&T game at Haas Pavilion:

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FINAL: Cal 82, North Carolina A&T 47. The Bears improved to 4-0 and closed out their season-opening homestand by routing the Aggies. Cal has won its first four games by margins of at least 10 points for the first time since the 1952-53 season, when one of those games included the alumni. Point guard Jerome Randle led the Bears with 20 points, redshirt freshman Omondi Amoke scored a career-best 11 off the bench and Theo Robertson overcame an off shooting night with seven points, six rebounds and five assists. Cal plays next on Friday at UNLV.

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7:58 2nd H: This is over. Cal leads 67-40 and A&T is turning the ball over at every opportunity. Ed Jones, their leading scorer, finally got on the board with 8:37 left, but it’s too late. Randle has 20 points. The Aggies have 13 turnovers and are shooting 35 percent. Barring a catastrophe, Mike Montgomery will become the first coach to win his first four games at Cal since Rene Herrerias in 1960-61.

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11:55 2nd H: Bears’ lead is 55-36. They’re doing a bit better job again keeping A&T away from the offensive boards. The lead would be a bit bigger except that Harper Kamp and Jamal Boykin each missed a free throw on recent possessions. Randle has 17 points to lead Cal, and A&T’s top scorer, Ed Jones, still is scoreless.

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14:27 2nd H: Cal’s lead reached 51-27 but all is not good. The Aggies are beginning to hurt the Bears inside, and are collecting second-chance opportunities most times down the court. They have trimmed the margin to 51-33 and Robert Johnson is going to the foul line to try to complete a 3-point play. A&T has scored 10 points this half, all in the key.

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HALFTIME: Cal leads 40-23 after extending a 28-17 lead to 40-19 with a 12-2 run. Jerome Randle had six points during the burst, including a four-point play. Randle has 12 points and the Bears are shooting 46.7 percent, including 3-for-6 from the 3-point arc. A&T is convering 32.1 percent and is 0-for-7 from deep. Cal has a 22-14 rebounding edge, although A&T did score the half’s final two baskets on put-backs.

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3:04 1st H: Cal’s lead is up to 30-17. Theo Robertson has seven points, five rebounds and three assists. Freshman D.J. Seeley is getting plenty of run at shooting guard, as Montgomery sits Patrick Christopher and Jorge Gutierrez, each with two fouls.

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 7:44 1st H: The Bears’ lead reaches double digits for the first time at 21-11 with freshman Omondi Amoke going to the foul line after the timeout to try to complete a 3-point play. Jerome Randle finally came out with 8:34 left, the last of Cal’s starters to get a blow. Cal is shooting just 41.2 percent, but the Aggies are far worse at 23.5 percent.

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11:24 1st H: Bears extend lead to 14-9, thanks in part to A&T’s 23-percent (3-for-13) shooting. Cal is outrebounding the Aggies 12-6 and has allowed a second shot only once.

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14:51 1st H: Cal leads 9-7 at the first media timeout. The Bears made just one of their first six shots, but have not turned the ball over against consistent full-court pressure by the Aggies. A&T point guard Tavarus Alston just picked up his second foul.

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LINEUPS: The Bears are going with their usual five — Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson, Jamal Boykin and Jordan Wilkes. For North Carolina A&T, senior forward Robert Johnson is back in the starting lineup after missing Saturday’s game at UNLV with an ankle sprain.

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RECORDS: Cal 3-0, North Carolina A&T 2-2.

Posted on Monday, November 24th, 2008
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Football: Best takes honor

Not surprisingly, Cal tailback Jahvid Best has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week for offense. Cal punter Bryan Anger, who averaged a school-record 60.2 yards per punt against Stanford, including punts of 75 and 76 yards, was beat out by Washington State kicker Nico Grasu. Here’s the press release from the Pac-10.

Posted on Monday, November 24th, 2008
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