Basketball: Oregon State scouting report

 TIPOFF: 7 p.m. Saturday at Haas Pavilion. TV: CSNCA. Radio: 910-AM.

No shortage of motivation Saturday night for the Golden Bears:

   — Senior Night and the chance for Jorge Gutierrez and HarperKamp to go out with a victory

   — First-place in the Pac-10 standings with four regular-season games remaining

   — Revenge

Cal probably played its poorest defensive game of the Pac-12 season in its 92-85 loss at Oregon State back on Jan. 5.

“We actually shot the ball pretty well against them,” coach Mike Montgomery said. “We just couldn’t get them stopped.”

Here’s my story on Gutierrez and Kamp

“(Jared) Cunningham create six straight fouls at the start of the second half. (Ahmad) Starks hit some tough shots. They just shot lights-out against us,” Montgomery said. “Obviously, we need to do a better job defensively.”

Cunningham and Starks each scored 24 points and the Beavers shot 11 for 18 from the 3-point line while matching Missouri’s point total — highest allowed by Cal all season.

“They’re one of the top offensive teams in the league and we did a poor job defending them,” said Gutierrez, referring to OSU’s conference-leading 80.5-point scoring average. “We need to be aggressive, we need to take away the stuff they do best. I don’t think we wer mentally focused on the game. But that’s no excuse for the way we play.

“Hopefully we’ll play better this time.”

ABOUT THE BEAVERS: OSU began the season determined to shift to a steady diet of man-to-man defense. But when Cal visited Gill Coliseum on the second weekend of the Pac-12 schedule, the Beavers surprisesd them with a return to the 1-3-1 zone that coach Craig Robinson has utilized in previous seasons.

Eric Moreland, an agile 6-foot-10 freshman, made his starting debut and provided a new element at the top of the zone. “Moreland’s changed their team a little bit. He’s so doggone long,” Montgomery said. “They’ll put Moreland in and he’ll try to block everything — he’s just crazy on the glass. And they’re probably better in their 1-3-1 just because he’s so long.” 

The Beavers’ featured player is Cunningham, the one-time San Leandro HS star, who leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 18.9 ppg and ranks fifth nationally in steals at 2.77. Cunningham shoots more free throws than any player in the league and, over the past four games, is averaging 24.5 points.  

THE SERIES: Cal leads 77-60. Oregon State won 92-85 in Corvallis, Ore., last month, and has won six of the past 10. 

MISCELLANY: Cal has won four games in a row for the fourth time this season. The Bears have yet to win five straight . . . Justin Cobbs, coming off a 28-point, eight-assist performance against Oregon, has climbed to No. 2 in the Pac-12 in assists at 4.70 per game . . . Oregon State leads the Pac-12 and is ranked fourth nationally in steals at 9.85 per game. But it hasn’t always translated, as evidenced by the fact that the Beavers rank last in the conference in scoring defense at 73.0 ppg.

Cal (21-6, 11-3 Pac-12)

Starters Ht Yr Pts Rebs
SF Allen Crabbe 6-6 So. 15.6 5.8
PF Harper Kamp 6-8 Sr. 10.7 5.0
PF David Kravish 6-9 Fr. 6.1 5.6
SG Jorge Gutierrez 6-3 Sr. 13.4 5.2
PG Justin Cobbs 6-2 So. 13.3 4.7*
Key reserves
G Brandon Smith 5-11 Jr. 3.5 2.7*
C Robert Thurman 6-10 Jr. 3.9 1.8
F Bak Bak 6-8 Jr. 2.0 1.4


Oregon State (15-11, 5-9 Pac-12)

Starters Ht Yr Pts Rebs
C Angus Brandt 6-10 Jr. 9.0 3.4
PF Eric Moreland 6-10 Fr. 4.6 6.5
SF Devon Collier 6-7 So. 13.2 4.6
SG Jared Cunningham 6-4 Jr. 18.9 3.8
PG Ahmad Starks 5-9 So. 12.3 2.8*
Key reserves
G Roberto Nelson 6-3 So. 9.8 2.9
F Joe Burton 6-7 Jr. 8.3 6.0
G Challe Barton 6-3 Fr. 1.8 0.6


Jeff Faraudo

  • Joey

    If Greenstein isn’t there we have a chance.

  • Yoda

    Just give me a different officiating crew please. Please. Please.

  • rob bear

    This may sound ass-backwards but I presume that as a fan base, we are hoping that Washington defeats Arizona today, correct? Arizona would then be 2 games back albeit they would play 2 of their last 3 at home, with the 3rd being ASU, which basically means 3 wins. U of W has to go on the road twice like Cal and needs to play a tough Washington State team that gave U of A all it could handle and already beat CAL last month. To me, U of A is the bigger threat.

    One game at a time BEARS! Beat OSU 2-Night! Send Jorge and Harper off to their last 3 games with momentum, momentum, momentum and a chance to win their second title in their illustrious careers here at CAL!

  • Rob, I think you are right that UW has a better chance for picking up a second lose, but I think the chance is still slight. The team that wins the AZ v UW tilt likely wins out. Cal can’t lose and expect to win the regular season title.

    This game scares the crap out of me, second to @CU next Saturday. Robinson always seems to be a step ahead of Monty in pre-game strategy. Obama probably has a mole giving OSU our game plans.

  • SteveNTEXAS

    I look at it as if we really think we are an NCA tourney team we have no excuse for losing to Oregon State.

    Unlv got blown out and SDSU is tied at the half with Air Force so we are not being helped in that area.

    I think we will win fairly easily tonight

  • Sean

    Another reason to win the title outright–we’d be the first place team, Arizona and Washington would be second/third, and Colorado fourth. If all higher seeds win throughout the tournament we’d play Colorado, and the winner would play the Arizona/Washington winner. Sounds like a much easier road to hoe…