Basketball: Monday morning updates

For the second time in four weeks, Cal senior point guard Justin Cobbs has been named Pac-12 player of the week.

Cobbs won the award this week after hitting the game-winning shot in the Bears’ 60-58 upset of previously unbeaten and top-ranked Arizona on Saturday.

Cobbs averaged 20 points, 5 assists and 2 steals in two games last week.

With 1,269 career points, Cobbs has moved to No. 19 on Cal’s all-time scoring chart.

The player of the week award is the fifth for Cobbs in his career, matching Ed Gray for the most by a Cal player. Only 14 players in conference history have been honored five times or more.


The Pac-12 Networks will show a replay of the Cal-Arizona game on Monday night (tonight) at 9:30.


Here’s a link to a podcast interview with Mike Montgomery, conducted by Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg on ESPN.com: http://bit.ly/MqvRac 


Cal’s official NCAA RPI computer ranking has improved to No. 43 following its win over Arizona.

The Bears were at No. 54 a week ago.

There are seven Pac-12 teams ranked in the top-50, led by Arizona at No. 2.

The rest: 19. UCLA; 25. Colorado; 46. Oregon; 47. ASU; 50. Stanford.


Jerry Palm’s new projected NCAA tournament bracket on CBSsports.com has Cal as a No. 8 seed. Palm says six Pac-12 teams would be in the field if it were picked today.

Also making his cut: No. 1 Arizona, No. 7 UCLA, No. 10 Stanford; No. 11 Colorado; No. 12 ASU. Among the first four out: Oregon.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Wehofx

    Agree furd has trap written all over it esp since our Bears beat them at p alto.

    Character and leadership check. Cobbs was so pissed off after asu loss, I gotta good feeling he’ll read the riot act if anyone hits the floor w anything less than High Energy.

    Wallace is important for O but I thought Kravish being so aggressive looking for his shot was BIG. Also really like the kravish to solo high low action.

    Was overjoyed to see Monty scrapped the switching man D that ended up w kravish and solo 20 feet from the basket guarding a guard and no bigs to rebound.

  • Gobears49

    Wallace probably has the best jump hook in the country for a non big man. Soloman has been playing out of his mind on offense ever since I said he could only make dunks. Maybe I should say that again.

  • Gobears49

    Still say Cobbs is the only sure NBA player on our team, though his assists to turnover ratio, a measure of how effective a point guard is handling the basll, is not that good (he’s #54 — see below). Still, I bet he’s got to be one of the best shooting point guards in the country. Plus, unlike Crabbe, he can generate his own shot.

    Here’s the most recent assist to turnover stats.