Basketball: Colorado scouting report

TIPOFF: 8:30 p.m. Friday at Staples Center, Los Angeles. TV: CSNBA. Radio: 910-AM. 

Having avenged a four-day old loss to Stanford, the Golden Bears now turn their attention to Colorado, which beat them one week before that.

“They’re a solid basketball team,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “They match up well with us. We’ll have our hands full.”

After the Bears polished off Stanford 77-71 Thursday night at the Staples Center, the Buffs topped Oregon 63-62 when sophomore forward Andre Roberson scored on a putback with 13 seconds left.

CU and Cal split their two regular-season matchups, each winning at home. The Buffaloes stampeded Cal 70-57 in Boulder on Feb. 26, holding Jorge Gutierrez scoreless.

Gutierrez came alive Thursday — three days after being named Pac-12 Player of the Year. He scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half to help spark Cal’s win over Stanford.

Buffs coach Tad Boyle said Gutierrez isn’t the only Cal player that concerns him.

“They’re a great team. They’ve got a lot of good players, a lot of different weaspons,” Boyle said.

Fatigue is likely to be a factor for both teams. Colorado will be playing its third game in as many days, having opened Wednesday with a win over Utah.

Cal had not played until Thursday, but Montgomery used four of his starters at least 36 minutes to make sure the Bears got the win he believes puts them over the hump in the chase for an NCAA tournament berth. Cal’s reserves played a total of just six minutes in the second half.

Friday’s winner will face the survivor of the Arizona vs. Oregon State semifinal in Saturday’s 3 p.m. title game. Cal has reached the conference championship game twice — in 2006 and 2010 — but has never won the event. 

THE SERIES: Cal leads 10-9, but Colorado has won two of the past three meetings.

MISCELLANY: Cal’s next victory — No. 25 — would be the most the program has achieved since going 28-2 in 1959-60, the year the Bears lost in the national championship game . . . Jorge Gutierrez’s 22 points were the most he has scored in a game since scoring 25 against Oregon State on Jan. 5  . . . Gutierrez needs 14 rebounds to become the  11th player in conference history to accumulate 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists for a career . . . With 1,211 career points, Gutierrez is just five points away from climbing past Doug True into the No. 20 spot on Cal’s career list.

Cal (24-8, 13-5 Pac-12)

Starters Ht Yr Pts Rebs
SF Allen Crabbe 6-6 So. 15.3 5.7
PF Harper Kamp 6-8 Sr. 11.5 5.2
PF David Kravish 6-9 Fr. 7.1 5.7
SG Jorge Gutierrez 6-3 Sr. 13.2 5.4
PG Justin Cobbs 6-2 So. 12.8 5.0*
Key reserves
G Brandon Smith 5-11 Jr. 3.0 2.3*
C Robert Thurman 6-10 Jr. 3.8 1.8
F Bak Bak 6-8 Jr. 1.8 1.3


Colorado (21-11, 11-7 Pac-12)

Starters Ht Yr Pts Rebs
PF Andre Roberson 6-7 So. 11.5 11.2
PF Austin Default 6-9 Sr. 10.8 4.4
SG Spencer Dinwiddie 6-5 Fr. 10.3 3.6
SG Carlon Brown 6-5 Sr. 12.5 3.6
PG Nate Tomlinson 6-3 Sr. 5.8 3.2*
Key reserves
G Askia Booker 6-1 Fr. 9.1 2.8
C Shane Harris-Tunks 6-11 So. 2.8 2.1
G Sabatini Chen 6-4 Jr. 2.2 1.1


Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTEXAS

    They are decent 6-4 in their last 10 3-4 on neutral courts and they have an RPI of 88. We should have more fans in attendance.

    If we can win while using reserves all the better and rest up while avoiding injury. IU lost its senior leader yesterday- lots of games in short time periods are dangerous.

  • Gobears49

    Win using reserves? Unfortunately, getting many reserve minutes probably won’t happen, out of necessity. As I’ve said before, it’s too bad Soloman can’t play, as he was a valuable guy inside to get rebounds and block shots and, of course, to rest the starting front line. Cal would have had a good chance to win two games in the NCAA’s with him. Now that is just a longshot.

    One more victory will cement Cal’s entitlement to go to the NCAA’s. Was proud of the way the team played in the second half. Told a friend of mine at the half that I’d bet that Montgomery would chew out his team at halftime. The amount of turnovers that occurred in the first half was ridiculous.

  • marc

    Reserves? I hope you are kidding. This is tournament time! You play your guys or you don’t play anymore. End of story

  • Fellow groupies of the Bay Area News Group blog comment sections, and you too, Jeff,

    The Tourney is once again almost upon us. In an uncommon moment of ease, I have taken the initiative and created a Tournament Challenge group on ESPN.com which all are welcome to join. It is a public group, so no password is required. Just find the ESPN “Fantasy & games” drop menu and choose ”Tournament Challenge.” You can set up a bracket now, just fill it out before the first game.

    Group Name: Gang BANG

  • Wisdom, sorry bro, but I could never join a bracket group with that name. How about “Go Bears” or something like that instead. Or maybe just go the whole nine yards and call the group “The Rapists” and see how many people join – kinda like a sad social experiment. Sorry for the negativity but some things are just plain stupid. Is there any *reason* why you chose that name??

    In other news, the buffs should be tired and we should be motivated. Go Bears!!

  • So sorry to upset you, but I went with Bay Area News Group, because other blogs in the realm (Wilner’s) contain Pac 12 fans. There are plenty of Cal groups to join.

    BTW, a lack of consent is not a prerequisite to the term as you seem to presume. It’s just a pun. You’d find infinitely worse in the Heuristic Squelch.

  • SteveNTEXAS

    LOL I didn’t mean only using reserves but I hope we get a large early lead and can rest our starters.

    I am way more concerned with the NCAA tourney than the Pac 12 tourney

  • ConcordBear

    Monty did not chew out his team at halftime. Far from that he told them, it could have been far worse, to relax and have fun in 2nd half.
    Pressure is off the Bears now.
    Colorado is good, waxing us last time and playing us tough every time we match up. Bears are due against these guys, and have to be hungry to pay them back.
    Must rebound much better, play much better D and take care of the ball. If we can improve in those areas vs Buffs I like our chances a lot.
    Everyone is tired at this time of year. If you want to win this tournament you have to win games on consecutive days. College kids are young and the best ones don’t let their mind get tired. Comes down to who is better and wants it more.
    Based on last nights 2nd half looks like our team wants it badly!
    Go Bears!!!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Those were inappropriate words Inspector Clousseau but what to expect from a clumsy pugilist who wishes for harm to fall on people who expose his lunacy.

    Maybe “Bonnie Anderson” should be consulted. There are at least 100 choices in the USA.


  • ThisisCal

    I like our chances in this one. The buffs play us well, but are spent. If we can play relaxed and limit turnovers, we’ll dominate. Go Bears!

  • Got is Wisdom, I know there was nothing malicious intended, I just don’t like that term, at all. obviously. Go Bears!

    moren, $c’s season is over, so yours is too. Get lost punk.

  • Dan

    Why was Soloman’s name in the boxscore, showing a missed shot? Did I miss something?

  • Will

    TWENTY-SIX LOSSES LOL. What a joke.

  • covinared

    I saw Solomon also. Its time to consider his academics sufficiently improved to be active.