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Basketball: Bears go for season sweep of Hogs

Cal (20-13) takes its second shot this season at Arkansas (22-11) in a second-round NIT game at Haas Pavilion.  Tipoff on Monday night is 8 p.m.

The game will be televised by ESPN2 (immediately following the Cal women vs. Baylor in the NCAA tournament).

The second-seeded Bears will play Wednesday in the NIT quarterfinals against the winner of Monday’s game between No. 1 SMU (24-9) and No. 5 LSU (20-13).  Cal will travel if the opponent is SMU but would be at home against LSU.

Against Arkansas, the Bears once more figure to be without senior forward Richard Solomon (11.0 ppg, 10.2 rpg), who sat out the Bears’ 77-64 win last Wednesday due to a concussion.

Cal beat the Razorbacks 85-77 at the Maui Invitational back on Nov. 25 in a game where Solomon suffered a scratched eye. He missed the final two games in Maui while recovering.

Senior point guard Justin Cobbs (15.7 ppg, 5.8 apg) has 518 career assists to rank fourth on Cal’s all-time list. He needs four to pass Kevin Johnson (1984-87) and seven to go by Jerome Randle (2007-10) and into second place on the career chart.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Steve Fischer

    Yes let’s beat Arkansas, not that more than a few Ark and Cal Fans will even notice. Meanwhile Stanford is getting all the attention and glory with its 2nd NCAA win, this time over Kansas. That will certainly help with their recruiting.

    As for our recruiting, well Monty stole Rooks right out from Arizona (After a majority of the Arizona Fans on their own board, after watching him play, said DONT TAKE HIM), What a coup! Perhaps he is ready to lead us to the NIT next year.

  • GoBears49

    To continue my discussion with the “illustrious” Mr. Fischer below, if I have time tonight, I will summarized the Pac -12 appearances in the NCAA and NIT since Monty arrived at Cal. I think Cal, during that period, is tied with Arizona in total NCAA appearances and is the leader in total NCAA and NIT appearances. If I have more time, I may compute the total wins and losses for each Pac – 12 team during that time. I think Cal will be first or second in that category. So while Monty’s tenure at Cal may not be quite “stellar,” it is at the top, or close to the top, of all coaches in the league.

  • Steve Fischer

    Anyone who follows the Pac12 knows the conf has had some down years, Monty inherited a decent program in a major conference. This year he has choked and the program has gone downhill. He had Braun’s recruits when he started. He was already paid for those other years and he won at Stanford. He’s washed up now. So umm who does Stanford play next? Summerize this year’s appearance in the NCAA’s or perhaps next years.

  • Mitch

    Turns out there’s a Razorback in our office. Bet is on.
    Go Bears! I don’t wanna wear a Razorback Beanie tomorrow!

  • GoBears49

    I admit that Monty is getting killed in recruiting, which does not bode well for the future, though we have at least two decent recruits coming in next year. But they are not ESPN 100 recruits. Stanford has four of those, Arizona and UCLA three, and Oregon two.

    http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings/_/view/espnu100/sort/rank/class/2014

  • Steve Fischer

    Define “decent” Is Rooks “decent” A major conference team in a major market should certainly be able to land at least one Top 100 recruit. Considering we are losing two good players, we need to do better than “decent’ or we will sink further next year.

  • GoBears49

    Steve,

    You are not very bright. My comment above, which you responded to, referred to “future” recruits and the ESPN 100 recruit list was for 2014, which is the upcoming season. Rooks is not a “future” recruit as he started at Cal in 2013, not 2014.

    To help you out a little bit, Steve, since you have some difficulty reading and don’t seem to know what is going on with Cal recruiting, Cal recruited a guard and a big man, who will be FRESHMEN IN THE UPCOMING SEASON, who are regarded as fairly good, but obviously did not make the ESPN 100 list. Maybe they recruited other players are fairly good. I don’t follow recruiting very closely, but at least I know a bit about those two.

  • Steve Fischer

    Maybe its you who can’t. Did I say anything about which class had Rooks? ( Have someone read my post to you if necessary). My point was Rooks was hailed as a great recruit when we got him. I had read the Arizona Boards and they begged their school not to recruit him.
    Its not only your reading which is suspect but you blindly believed Cal would win most of the games it lost. Cal would lose again and again and you never figured out -we just aren’t very good and with Monty our best days are behind us.

  • 707 Bear

    Bill Waltonisms from the broadcast:

    “They (UCLA) turned Big Nasty into Big Sissy.”
    “You’re Roxy right?”
    “Too quality a human being to make a play like that.”
    “Sometimes the light is shining on me as the students walk through Sproul Plaza.”

  • Larry

    Bill Walton was so annoying. Put him to pasture already! I feel for Roxy having to sit with that clown.

  • GoBears49

    I love Walton because he’s different and he really does know basketball (never noticed guys jumping into a standing defensive player should be called for charging). What he said about rebounding was priceless. Probably the best center ever to make the outlet pass, after a rebound, to start the fast break. I think he used to get the rebound and make the outlet pass all in one motion. Top Dog should give him unlimited hot dogs given all of the free publicity he gave them on the air.