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Basketball: Kreklow will try to play, Solomon questionable for SMU in NIT quarterfinal

Cal needs to win one more game — on the road and possibly without one or even two starters — to earn a trip to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals of the NIT.

The Bears (21-13) is in Dallas to face SMU (25-9) on Wednesday night. The winner advances to New York City for the semifinals and finals on April 1 & 3.

But this won’t be easy. After home victories over outmanned Utah Valley and an Arkansas team that couldn’t make a basket for most of the first half, the Bears play at SMU, where the Mustangs are 17-1 this season.

Cal also could be shorthanded. Starting forward Richard Solomon, the Pac-12′s top rebounder, missed the first two NIT games after sustaining a concussion at home. No other details have been provided. Solomon is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game.

Starting guard Ricky Kreklow had his nose bloodied and broken in the second half of Monday’s 75-64 win over Arkansas. He is expected to wear a protective mask and try to play against SMU.

The Mustangs, led by coaching legend Larry Brown, beat UC Irvine and LSU in their first two NIT games.

Jeff Faraudo

  • GoBears49

    Does anyone even know when Soloman got the concussion and under what circumstances?

  • Richard Unger

    Ricky is a #gamer. Solo (by report from MM) got concussed by hitting his head on a door(frame?)

    #only@cal

  • http://batman-news.com drizzlyboy

    Disqus is a pain in the rear. It often delays loading of the page or keeps it from loading altogether. I often can’t bother to read the comments or leave a comment because of this annoying feature. Anybody else having the same problem?

    As far as the game goes, I hope Kreklow is available. Playing with his broken hand has proven how tough he is, but a broken nose can be very tough to ignore. Even so, we have depth on the outside, so his loss may not be as acutely felt as Solomon and Rooks. Here’s hoping to health and success for the Bears!

  • Rollonubears

    iphone4s just plain sucks on here. i have to use a laptop to post/view. not sure if the recent ios upgrade will fix that, but i’ll post if it does.

  • KC

    Very proud of the effort tonight Bears! Nice work by the players and staff. Some redemption in my opinion from the way the regular season ended. Thank you Cobbs, Solomon and Powers. Looking forward to next season.

  • 1brsfan

    oh so close. Can’t ask for anything more than to have a shot to beat a quality team on the road. A few inches away from sinking that shot and winning it at the buzzer.

  • Phil Green

    Agree with KC and 1brsfan. Great effort by an undermanned team. Would have been nice to give Bird a shot in the last minute or so, but who can find fault in Cobbs taking the last shot?

    We’ll miss Cobbs a lot next year, but we played surprisingly well this year without Solomon. Bodes well for next year. Great depth at the guard/wings, and Kravish has the potential to be all Pac-12. Behrens and Rooks should be dependable, and we have a nice freshman point guard and big man coming in to provide depth. Should be another bubble team capable of surprising if Bird and Matthews really step forward.

  • Phil Green

    In other news, Jorge was 3-3 with 2 rebounds and 2 assists, and again played meaningful minutes. He was plus 6 in a game they lost in OT. He’s definitely starting to put himself in a position to make a roster next year.

  • KC

    We could really use an extra big next season – would certainly be huge to pick up the 7’0″ HS SR from Austria or find a JC big that can provide some depth. Like the effort from Behrens tonight, hopefully Rooks comes back healthy (kind of feel like he may be injury prone though) and we get more from Moute a Bidias (why didn’t we redshirt him?), but it’s going to be another season of holding our breath with injuries if we don’t get another guy. Are we recruiting Cameron Oliver (6’8″ SR) from Sacramento HS?