Basketball: Golden Bears face Oakland U squad dealing with serious off-court issues

It’s anyone’s guess what kind of opponent the Cal basketball team will face Friday night when Oakland University of Michigan visits Haas Pavilion. Tipoff is 8 p.m.

The Grizzlies (0-2) will be without two players who reported were sent home after arrests in Los Angeles for felony rape.

CBSSports.com reported that Duke Mondy and Dante Williams both have been released from jail after being charged. Oakland coach Greg Kampe told the website that all charges against the players will be dropped.

“They will be appropriately suspended upon review of the situation,” Kampe told CBSSports.com. He said that Mondy and Williams met the alleged victim at Wednesday’s Clippers game at Staples Center.

“This was more than going past curfew, more than breaking of team policy. It’s more than that. I take it very seriously, am apologetic to our fans, apologetic to college basketball that something like this would happen.”

Mondy, a senior guard from Ann Arbor, Mich., was averaging 10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.0 steals in two games this season for Oakland. Williams, a junior forward from Grand Rapids, Mich., was averaging 2.0 points in 16.5 minutes per game.

Cal (2-0) won easily against both Coppin State and Denver, and expects to have senior point guard Justin Cobbs at full strength after he took an awkward tumble in Tuesday’s game.

It’s difficult to guess what kind of challenge the Bears will get from Oakland, which has lost on the road to two strong teams — 84-61 to No. 12 North Carolina and 91-60 to No. 24 UCLA. This the Grizzlies’ third of seven straight road games to open their season.

Oakland’s top player is 6-5 senior guard Travis Bader, who has scored 1,707 career points and made at least one 3-point basket in 55 consecutive games, most by any active Division I player.

Bader, who scored 22.1 points per game last season, is averaging 18.5 points through two games and shooting 9 for 23 from the 3-point arc. The rest of the Grizzlies are a combined 5 for 27.

Oakland has been outrebounded by an average of 20 per game and is shooting 33 percent as a team.

Jeff Faraudo

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