Basketball: UNLV preview

 TIPOFF: 3 p.m.  Sunday at Haas Pavilion. TV/Radio: ESPNU/910 AM.

 The Cal basketball team gets the second of three chances this month to show how it stacks up against the nation’s elite when it faces No. 21 UNLV on Sunday at Haas Pavilion.

The Bears (6-1) already fell hard in a 25-point loss at Wisconsin last Sunday, and will face No. 16 Creighton in Berkeley on Saturday.

There is no overstating how important the next week will be for the Bears. Among those watching: Members of the committee that will select and seed teams for the NCAA tournament.

“Certainly for us,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said, “these three (will be) our best opportunity to contribute to our image and reputation.”

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THE SERIES: UNLV leads 4-1. UNLV won 85-68 last year. 

ETC: Allen Crabbe ranks fifth on Cal’s career list with 161 3-point baskets. Next up: Patrick Christopher with 164. … Crabbe’s 25-point performance last Sunday at Wisconsin was his fifth 20-point performance of the season, the 18th of his career. … Sophomore G Ricky Kreklow (foot) practiced on a limited basis this week and is listed as doubtful to play. … Cal had 23 turnovers in its 81-56 loss at Wisconsin last Sunday.

WHAT’S NEXT: Cal plays Creighton at Haas Pavilion, Saturday, Dec. 15 at Haas Pavilion. Tipoff is 8 p.m. PST.

Cal (6-1)

Starters Ht Yr Pts Rebs
SF Allen Crabbe 6-6 Jr. 22.4 5.7
PF Richard Solomon 6-10 Jr. 7.6 6.1
PF David Kravish 6-9 So. 5.9 8.0
SG Justin Cobbs 6-2 Jr. 18.7 3.1*
PG Brandon Smith 5-11 Sr. 4.1 3.0*
Key reserves
G Tyrone Wallace 6-3 Fr. 5.0 2.3*
C Robert Thurman 6-10 Sr. 5.1 3.7
G Ricky Kreklow 6-6 So. 6.5 5.0


UNLV (6-1)

Starters Ht Yr Pts Rebs
F Anthony Bennett 6-8 Fr. 18.7 7.6
F Mike Moser 6-8 Jr. 12.3 9.2
SG Kaitin Reinhardt 6-5 Sr. 10.7 1.7
SG Bryce Dejean-Jones 6-5 So. 7.1 3.9
PG Anthony Marshall 6-3 Sr. 10.7 6.0*
Key reserves
G Justin Hawkins 6-3 Sr. 10.0 3.3
F Savon Goodman 6-6 Fr. 5.6 3.6
F Quintrell Thomas 6-8 Sr. 4.6 5.3


Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTexas

    Wisconsin is not exactly elite they last again last night to an unranked team. They should improve and be tougher as the season goes on but right now they are not a tourney team.

    A soportswriter from CBS thinks Cal has a great chance to win at home today perhaps UNLV is not a road team.

    If we can’t win one of these three games -we suck.

  • wehofx

    Time for Thurman, Kravish and, especially, Solomon to step up against Bennet and Moser. If they do, I have good feeling about this game at home.

    This should be fun to watch. Giving the team added incentive, per twitter, seems like a lot of the football team, inclu S Dykes, is going to be in attendance. (Beginning of dead week???)

    Go Bears!