Basketball: Kamp on CU — `We played too soft’

Harper Kamp said the Bears are ready to put Sunday’s 60-57  70-57 loss at Colorado behind them and focus solely on their regular-season finale at Stanford.

But first . . .

“Everyone is really disappointed,” the senior forward said of Sunday’s loss that knocked the Bears out of a first-place tie. “I think I’m mostly disappointed in my own leadership in that game. I don’t feel like I led the team the way it needed to be. Whether it was saying enough or just leading by example, we played really too soft. We weren’t the team we normally are.

“It comes down to leadership when that kind of thing happens. It’s my fault . . . it’s me and Jorge (Gutierrez)  as the seniors. We’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Specifically, Kamp said the Bears were subpar defensively.

“That’s the most important part. That’s not acceptable,” he said. “There’s going to be times when shots aren’t falling. You’re going to miss things, they’re going to make you take tough shots. But there’s no excuse for letting them blow by you in transition and letting them get by you the whole game and get layups.

“I was pretty excited about the game and I was expecting more from myself and my teammates. We didn’t play together like we should. And we didn’t play hard enough.”

Kamp said he didn’t talk with Gutierrez about his first scoreless game in more than two seasons.

“Neither one of us really cares about that,” Kamp said. “We were just disappointed we played the way we did and we lost the game in that fashion.”

Sophomore Allen Crabbe said the Bears had a great practice Tuesday and anticipated the Bears will prepare with renewed vigor this week.

“We need to have a good week of practice and work on the things we didn’t do so well at Colorado, which was our defense,” Crabbe said. “We didn’t have enough energy, we didn’t play together as a team, help each other on defense. Colorado was just ready for that game.”

The Bears may not know until Saturday, when first-place Washington visits UCLA, whether they still have a shot at stealing a piece of the Pac-12 title. Kamp said he believes Cal’s practice is scheduled during the 11 a.m. time slot of the UW-UCLA game.

“Maybe coach did that on purpose,” he said. “Not watching the game maybe will be best. Just focus on our game. That’ll probably be the key in preparing ourselves.”

Crabbe agreed.

“We’re better off having practice, (to) focus on what we need to do. If we come in second, we come in second,” Crabbe said. “We had an opportunity and we slipped up. We really can’t blame anybody else but ourselves for not going out Sunday and playing hard. They outplayed us. We got what we deserved.”



Jeff Faraudo

  • rob bear

    Amen gentlemen, amen.

    Beat the Trees! Let’s get back that PAC 12 TITLE!

  • ConcordBear

    Our team is smart. They will play better Sunday.

  • pasadena dave

    Kamps tone and leadership is such a stark contrast to what went on at UCLA the past few years. Grateful we have him and Jorge in the program.

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Cal isn’t a group of freshmen and its late in the season and late in the career of Kemp and Gutierrez to be screwing up. The introspection would better suit a younger team.

    We need to win out for the rest of the season and hope Washington plays like the average big program team that they are.

  • Yoda

    Steve, introspection is something you might try. The man answered a question honestly and thoughtfully and you think that’s a problem?

  • Bryan

    The score was 70-57, not 60-57.

  • Uh Huh!

    Yeah, Steve:
    No offense, but that’s the lamest response you’ve ever posted here.
    I love Kamp and would like to hire him some day. Smart and honest. Two great qualities. It wouldn’t be hard to find another 20 or so.

    And to your point, Cal does have freshman Kravish, 2nd year players Crabbe and Cobbs, and 2 seniors. And other than a few minutes from a Thurman, Smith or Bak, THAT’S IT.
    What did you expect from this squad? In my opinion they have all overachieved!

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Kamp would have been fine saying this at the beginning of the season and working to change it- but its at the end of his career after being knocked out of first place by a so so team at best.

    Because of critical of Cals’ effort and the explanation doesn’t mean I don’t respect him as a player.

    I just don’t want us losing to average teams and then whining if we get a horrible NCAA seed.

  • BlueNGold

    As things stand now, Cal will be doing well to get ANY seed in the NCAA. Getting a bid is going to hinge on the conference tournament, and I am not sure Cal has the depth to win it given the format. If they win the regular season title but UW or another team wins the tournament, Cal may be shut out of the NCAA and headed (again) to the NIT.

  • BNG, Cal will not be in the NIT. They will rip ljsu a new one on Sunday after uw loses to ucla on Saturday. We’ll win at least the 2 games in the pac12 tourney. We’ll get to hang another banner up in Haas and get ready to roll through the first week of the NCAAS as a 5-6 seed. Jorge will atone for his lapse last weekend and a week off between games will freshen this tired team. Yah, I’m confident. Go Bears!

  • 1brsfan

    @BSB- love the swagger! Not sure that I agree that we’ll be a 5 or 6 seed but I do agree that we will be a tourney team with one or two more wins. RPI, BPI, KenPom, Sagarin, etc. all say we’re a tourney team. Let’s just beat the trees and lock it up!

  • Mr. B


    You are doing an awesome job keeping us CAL fans updated.

    Here’s an interesting story about former QB Joe Ayoob breaking a world record (partly because Mike Pawlawski was injured):

  • covinared

    I suspect that the guys that play may be wearing down from so many minutes.