Basketball: USC scouting report

Mike Montgomery hasn’t lost any love for his basketball team in the wake of three straight defeats.

Asked if his team could emerge from what a reporter called a “tailspin,” Montgomery defended his guys.

“The tailspin is the result of playing the two best teams in the conference, so I don’t know if it’s a tailspin,” he said. “Again, I’ve said this forever: It’s who you play, where you play ’em.”

The Bears return home after an 0-2 run through Washington and face USC on Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.

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Basketball: Crabbe does not practice, but Bears expecting him to face USC on Thursday

Several hours after saying that Allen Crabbe would “absolutely” play Thursday night against USC, coach Mike Montgomery reported that the freshman guard sat out Tuesday’s practice.

Asked to characterize Crabbe’s status for Thursday, Montgomery said, “He better be ready to go . . . We had a little setback today. He was feeling good yesterday, not so good today.”

Crabbe was not available to reporters.

Crabbe, who averages 15.2 points in Pac-10 play, suffered a minor concussion last Thursday at Washington, then sat out Saturday’s game at Washington State.

The Bears (13-12, 6-7 Pac-10) have lost their past three games. USC (13-12, 5-7), coming off a home defeat to Oregon, lost 68-66 to Cal in Los Angeles last month.


Football: Cal to play Presbyterian College

With Jonathan taking some well-deserved vacation, here’s some news you will want:

Cal will play a non-conference football game Sept. 17 at AT&T Park against Presbyterian College, an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision team from Clinton, S.C.

The Golden Bears have not announced the game yet, but Presbyterian posted it on its website.

The Blue Hose were 2-9 last season, including 1-5 in the Big South Conference. They played two games against Football Bowl Championship teams last season, losing 53-13 at Wake Forest and 58-21 at Clemson.

“Cal will be a great trip for us. Coach (Jeff) Tedford is doing great things out there and it’ll be a fun game and a great experience for our guys,” Presbyterian coach Harold Nichols said on gobluehose.com.

Cal, which will play its home games in San Francisco next season while Memorial Stadium undergoes renovation, still has a Sept. 10 opening on its non-conference schedule.


Basketball: Monty expects Crabbe to face USC

Cal coach Mike Montgomery, on Tuesday’s weekly Pac-10 media teleconference said he “absolutely” expects freshman Allen Crabbe to play Thursday when the Bears take on USC at Haas Pavilion.

Crabbe suffered a minor consussion in the first half of last Thursday’s game at Washington, then sat out the Washington State game.

Will have more on this later today.