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Basketball: Creighton blasts Golden Bears, adding insult to at least two injuries

By Jeff Faraudo
Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 at 5:59 pm in Basketball, Gameday.

UPDATED

Not much of a pre-holiday trip to the Midwest for the Golden Bears.

Cal was routed 68-54 by Creighton at Omaha, but the impact going forward could be worse.

Junior guard Ricky Kreklow broke his right hand, Cal announced before the game, and will miss 4 to 6 weeks.

Freshman guard Jabari Bird injured his right ankle or foot with 5:02 left in the first half and was wearing a protective boot on the bench for the second half.

Cal reported afterward that Bird sustained an ankle sprain. There is no timetable yet for his return. Cal plays once more before the start of Pac-12 play, at home Saturday against Furman.

And senior forward Richard Solomon limped off the court with 3:39 left and watched the rest of the game from the sideline.

The Bears (8-4) failed to threaten the Bluejays (9-2), who got 20 points and 11 rebounds from All-American Doug McDermott and won easily. Creighton scored the final eight points of the first half for a 30-19 lead, then extended that to 20 points early in the second half.

Justin Cobbs scored 13 points to lead the Bears, but made just 2 of his first 8 shots. Tyrone Wallace added 12 points on 4 for 12 from the field, and David Kravish had 11 points.

Cal shot just 33 percent in the first half, 36.4 percent for the game.

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  • Juancho

    Were cursed.

  • DaveintheHills

    this team should be much better than 8-4. A very disappointing season so far. Hope they can heat up when it matters…

  • Eric

    @Dave,

    8-4 is not terrible. Losing away from home against Syracuse, Dayton, and Creighton are all legitimate. The only bad loss in my view is UCSB (which, weirdly, has a decent RPI at 34).

    But that doesn’t mean there is not trouble brewing.

    One, we were blown out by Dayton and Creighton. The Syracuse loss was close and the UCSB loss was close, but in games against strong teams but ones that should be like us, we were destroyed.

    Two, the freshmen are not developing like I had hoped.

    Now, we have had untimely injuries (football, anyone?) and the Dayton loss came was the third game in three days, but still. Furd just beat UConn back east, and I had us pegged higher up in the Pac-12.

  • Gobears49

    Our bench (four of the five are freshmen) scored just seven points, five by Mathews. Three (Mathews (22), Singer (20), and Rooks (10)) played decent minutes.

    Not good that Soloman got to take only three shots. We certainly were not hitting well from the outside (36% overall, 21% from 3).

    If Kreklow broke his hand, he is probably not going to be very useful till the end of the season, if that. Hopefully, Bird returns soon. His injury looked pretty ugly on TV.

    Looking for better play out of our seniors (Cobbs and Soloman). Kravish has been a steady performer. Wallace is getting better and a lot more in control, but needs to improve more if we are going to do well in the Pac – 12.

    We Kreklow out, we are now extremely young. Our freshmen need to mature very quickly.

  • discdude

    #3 is correct, team might be about 9-3 or 10-2, with UCSB being the one loss that hurt. They were never going to be 12-0 at this point, they don’t have enough quality at every position and they still have depth issues when injuries happen. I wasn’t able to watch, but based on reports, they’ll be down 2 and maybe 3 guys? Not good. Otoh, take away 3 of the top 6 players from any team not named Zona or UCLA and it’s the same story, i.e. Oregon, ASU, etc would be much much weaker. Team depth will continue to get better if Monty can re-load balanced classes, it’s taken 5 to 6 years just to get to 7 or 8 deep (injuries notwithstanding). Looks like Singer, Mathews, Rooks and Moute will be getting a lot more PT now.

  • DaveintheHills

    My disappointment doesn’t necessarily stem from the record. I think this team *could* be very good and finally get us out of the 1st/2nd round exit in the NCAAs pattern. As a program, we’ve plateaued, and I was hoping they could finally make the ‘jump’ this year and be a Sweet 16/Elite 8 caliber type team, but that’s not happening. At this point, we’re headed for the NIT. Thankfully, there is still a lot of basketball to be played.

  • discdude

    I hear what you are saying Dave, but I respectfully disagree. I think it’s a slow, uphill climb and it’s still an upward trajectory. Maybe expectations are different for different people though, however last year’s team was a better team in the NCAAs than the Gutierrez team, which was a better team than the Randle team. I think Monty is absolutely making progress, even if it does seem they take minor steps back at times. Every year they play some horrible games…Notre Dame 2010, anyone?

    The problem is that Monty teams have struggled at times due to lack of quality players at every position, depth, and now unfortunately, injuries. However, no less than Boeheim thinks this team is better than last year, when at full strength. Despite losing Cobbs and Solomon, it’s possible if Monty lands 2 to 3 more good players next year, that it will continue to get even better. The bigger problem for Monty is that every team in the P12, outside of maybe UW, is better this year. P12 is loaded after a few years of mediocre play (on average).

    The thing to me that is disappointing is the lack of dealing with the zone. They cannot seem to deal with it and they will continue to see if they don’t hit shots.

    We agree on one thing, there’s a lot of games to play. We’ll have to see how it goes, Monty teams do get better. But these injuries are a killer…Kreklow was finally starting to look like what we all thought he’d be.

  • DaveintheHills

    @Discdude

    Certainly a fair assessment…the ascent is very, very slow. Perhaps I’m not patient enough? I do hope recruiting closes out well. Regardless, we will have a very young team next year with relatively low expectations. The one thing we do (pretty much) know by now is that Bird is not a one and done.

    P.s. Kreklow is like the Avery Sebastian of the basketball team. So much potential – but (seemingly) always hurt.

  • Picard

    No update on Bird??

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Daddy said your AD make another mistake when she hired Montgomery. He was the over the hill. His best days were at Stanford. He is just going through the motions now and feels no real loyalty to UC East Bay.

    No big wins against any really good team shows how bad the coaching is.