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Basketball: Smith, Kreklow to miss UW game

Cal coach Mike Montgomery said Tuesday afternoon that guards Brandon Smith and Ricky Kreklow will not play Wednesday night when the Bears face Washington at Haas Pavilion.

“Not good,” Montgomery said, when asked how both are progressing.

The Bears expect to play a fourth straight game without Smith (concussion), their senior backup point guard, and for the 10th time in 15 games without sophomore Kreklow (foot).

Montgomery said he’s expected Smith to be ready for more than a week, adding that the one-time De La Salle High-Concord standout is able to do non-contact drills. “But everytime he does, he seems to get a headache,” Montgomery said. “That includes today.”

Kreklow had surgery on his right foot before the season to repair a stress reaction, but never has recovered fully. “We can’t get to a point where he’s strong enough to practice,” Montgomery said.

Without Smith and Kreklow, junior wing Jeff Powers is expected to see more playing time. Powers made a pair of 3-pointers in the first half of Saturday’s 72-64 win at USC and has made 3 of 6 from deep this season.

Jeff Faraudo