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Basketball: Haunted by his media past?

Here’s a blog post by the Oregonian’s Paul Buker on Oregon State reaction to comments attributed to Cal coach Mike Montgomery last year when he was doing TV commentary on Pac-10 games. Interesting stuff.

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Basketball: Wilkes will be game-time decision

Cal just announced that center Jordan Wilkes’ status for Thursday night’s matchup with USC will be a game-time decision. Wilkes did not do any contact work in practice Monday or Tuesday, and was expected to be limited again Wednesday.

Wilkes broke his nose and suffered a concussion last Thursday during Cal’s win at Oregon and did not play two days later at Oregon State.

No word on how he fared on the computer test given to concussion victims to measure memory and reaction time, but apparently he did not get a definitive favorable result. If Wilkes does play against the Trojans, he is expected to wear a protective mask.

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Basketball: Haas or People’s Park?

Mike Montgomery said he will miss Dick Vitale, who is not part of the ESPN crew coming this weekend for Saturday’s “Game Day” morning program or the evening’s coverage of the Cal-UCLA game.

“I like Dick,” Monty said. “With Digger (Phelps) and (Bob) Knight, there’s a lot of guys talking.  Don’t know if you need another one.”

The “Game Day” crew will set up its “studio” Saturday morning at midcourt in Haas Pavilion. Montgomery had a different suggestion: “I hope they set up over at People’s Park. It’d be kind of fun for them.”

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Basketball: Wilkes likely to face USC, with mask

Starting center Jordan Wilkes, who suffered a concussion and broken nose last Thursday at Oregon and sat out the Oregon State game two days later, has been fitted for a protective mask and is likely to play Thursday when the Bears take on USC at Haas Pavilion.

But the 7-foot junior, on the final home weekend of his career, still must be cleared before getting the go-ahead. He will undergo a test Wednesday to determine if his memory function and reaction times demonstrate he has recovered from the concussion.

“It’s so much better than this weekend,” Wilkes said Tuesday. “It kind of feels good to feel back on this earth.”

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Basketball: ESPN talent lineup

Just got word from ESPN on their talent lineup for Saturday’s “Game Day” program and coverage of the Cal-UCLA game.

The network will send its usual team for the “Game Day” program, which runs from 8 to 9 a.m.: Rece Davis, Bob Knight, Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas and Hubert Davis. The program will be aired from midcourt at Haas Pavilion and fans are welcome to attend. Doors will open at 6 a.m. and admission is free.

The game coverage team will feature Dan Shulman, Knight, Bilas and Erin Andrews.

Dick Vitale will not be making this trip.

The game is a sellout.

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Cal football: Spring practice pushed back

Cal has decided to delay the start of spring practice by four days. It will now begin on Saturday, March 14 rather than Tuesday, March 10. The session will still end on April 18. The two practices the Bears are losing due to the delay will be made up on other dates, most likely squeezed in on a couple of Sunday. That has yet to be finalized.

The reason the Bears have decided to push back the start of spring is to give the two new coaches on the staff — offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and offensive line coach Steve Marshall — a little extra time to prepare.

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Basketball: TV times set for Az, ASU games

Game times and TV schedules have been set for Cal’s final two regular-season games, a week from now in Arizona.

– The Bears will play Arizona at McKale Center on Thursday, March 5 in a 7:30 p.m. PST contest to be televised by FSN.

– Cal’s Saturday, March 7 game at Arizona State will tip off at 11 a.m. PST and will be carried by CBS.