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Football: Bears picked 4th in Pac-12 North

USC was a clear choice Tuesday morning to win the Pac-12 football championship in a poll of 123 media members who cover the conference.

The Trojans received 117 first-place ballots to easily outdistance Utah for the South division crown. Oregon also collected 117 first-place votes to top the North division.

USC received 102 votes to win the Pac-12 title game, with Oregon earning 18 votes and Arizona State, in a surprise, drawing three votes.

Stanford was placed first on five ballots and wound up second in the Pac-12 North, ahead of Washington. Cal got one first-place vote and finished fourth in the Pac-12 North.
PAC-12 MEDIA POLL

   Results of the annual media poll, with first-place votes in parenthesis and total points:

North Division
1. Oregon (117)      732
2. Stanford (5)      533
3. Washington        502
4. Cal (1)           382
5. Washington State  228
6. Oregon State      205

South Division
1. USC (117)         729
2. Utah (1)          514
3. UCLA (2)          435
4. Arizona           385
5. Arizona State (3) 353
6. Colorado          164

Pac-12 championship game winner: USC 102, Oregon 18, Arizona State 3.

Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
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Basketball: Bears inch higher in RPI rankings

Home wins over Oregon and Oregon State elevated the Bears to No. 29 in the latest NCAA official RPI rankings. Cal was No. 36 at this time last week.

No other Pac-12 teams is among the top 50. Washington, tied with Cal for first place in the conference standings, is No. 54, just ahead of Oregon at No. 55.

Utah, Cal’s Thursday opponent, is No. 275 — the worst of three Pac-12 teams mired in the 200s.

Meanwhile . . .

   — Still no Pac-12 team in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, but Cal has moved to third among others receiving votes, meaning they are No. 28. The Bears are eighth among others who got votes in the AP Top-25.

   — No significant changes in ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s newest NCAA tournament projections. He still has Cal as a No. 9 seed playing Southern Miss in Omaha, with the chance to take on top-seeded Missouri in the second round. Washington is a No. 11 seed, Arizona a No. 12. Oregon is listed among the first four teams out.

Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2012
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Basketball: Cal vaults to No. 36 in NCAA’s RPI

Two wins in Southern California lifted the Golden Bears (20-6, 10-3 Pac-12) from No. 48 to No. 36 in the latest official NCAA RPI rankings.

Washington is the next highest-rated Pac-12 Conference team at No. 62. Arizona checks in No. 66, followed one spot later by Oregon. Colorado is No. 74.

Stanford, which has dropped five of its past seven games, plummeted to No. 105.

Then it gets truly grim for the Pac-12: UCLA is No. 124,  Oregon State No. 143, Washington State No. 150, Arizona State No. 229, USC No. 230 and Utah No. 274.

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
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Basketball: Bears climb to No. 30 in RPI

Cal’s win over Stanford has elevated the Bears to No. 30 in Monday’s edition of the official NCAA RPI computer rankings.

Washington is the next conference team in the RPI ratings at No. 72 — a bad sign for NCAA tournament at-large wannabes from the Pac-12. Oregon is No. 74, Arizona No. 85, Stanford No. 86. Ouch.

Oregon State is No. 122, UCLA No. 134 and Washington State No. 145.

Saint Mary’s checks in at No. 20, one spot ahead of WCC rival Gonzaga.

Elsewhere . . .

   – Cal is projected as a No. 9 seed in Joe Lunardi’s latest NCAA tournment “bracketology.” He has Cal plugged in to play No. 8 Harvard  in a first-round game at Louisville, with No. 1 Kentucky awaiting in round two. UW only other Pac-12 team — and Huskies are in a No. 12 play-in game. Saint Mary’s is seeded No. 5.

   — Cal gets two votes in the coaches poll (the only two any Pac-12 team gets), but no one from the Pac to be found in “others receiving votes” at bottom of AP Top-25. Saint Mary’s climbs to  No. 16 in coaches poll, No. 18 in AP.

   — Oregon State junior guard Jared Cunningham (San Leandro HS) is the Pac-12 player of the week after scoring 27 points in the Beavers’ win at Oregon. Cal, tied for first in the conference, is 0-for-12 in the weekly conference award department.

 

 

Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2012
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Basketball: Bears 35th in latest NCAA RPI

Cal is No. 35 in Monday morning’s official NCAA RPI listings — the only Pac-12 team in the top 60.

Here’s where Pac-12 schools rate:

35. Cal
61. Oregon
62. Colorado
72. Arizona
80. Stanford
89. Washington
127. Washington State
138. Oregon State
142. UCLA
192. USC
226. Arizona State
254. Utah

Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012
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Basketball: Pac-12 absent from AP Top-25

Following a 64-63 loss at San Diego State, Cal has dropped from No. 24 in the AP Top-25 to out of the rankings, leaving the Pac-12 without a representative in the poll.

The Bears (6-2) are 33rd, one spot behind Stanford (8-1). Arizona is 37th and Oregon State 39th.

Cal checks in at No. 28 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

Here are both polls.

Meanwhile . . .

   — Utah, off to the worst start in school history at 1-6, has indefinitely suspended point guard and leading scorer Josh Watkins for undisclosed conduct detrimental to the team. Watkins was averaging 17.7 points per game, but shooting 29 percent from the 3-point line. Here’s more from the Salt Lake Tribune.

   — Arizona freshman forward Sidiki Johnson of the Bronx, N.Y., has left the program two weeks after being suspended by coach Sean Miller for violation of team policy. Johnson averaged 0.3 points and 0.7 rebounds in three games.

Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2011
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Basketball: Bears climb to No. 23 in AP poll

Cal’s two big wins opening the season have inched the Golden Bears up to No. 23 in the Associated Press Top-25 and to No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. Here are both polls.

 

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2011
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Basketball: Did SI put the jinx on Bruins?

Today, hours after UCLA lost its season opener to Loyola Marymount on Friday night, the Sports Illustrated college basketball issue arrived in my mailbox with Bruins forward Reeves Nelson on the cover.  Wonder if Ben Howland is happy about that?

SI picks UCLA at No. 15 in the country, followed by Arizona at No. 18.

Cal checks in at No. 23 with Washington at No. 26. The magazine also projects Oregon reaching the NCAA tournament.

Meanwhile, two Pac-12 teams played Saturday . . .

   – Washington 91, Georgia State 74: C.J. Wilcox scored 22 points and Darnell Gant added 18 to lead the Huskies. Freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr. had 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four turnovers in his debut.

   — Oregon State 86, Cal State Bakersfield 62: Ahmad Starks and Joe Burton each scored 16 points and San Leandro HS product Jared Cunningham had 14 points and five steals for the Beavers in their opener.

Posted on Saturday, November 12th, 2011
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Basketball: CBSSports.com ranks Cal’s Jorge Gutierrez 47th-best player nationally

CBSSports.com has ranked the top 100 players in college basketball this season and Cal’s Jorge Gutierrez is No. 47 on the list:

47. Jorge Gutierrez (senior guard, California). It’s hard not to love this kid. Terrific work ethic and can do it all for the Bears. — Jeff Goodman.

Allen Crabbe checks in at No. 77 on their list:

77. Allen Crabbe (sophomore guard, California). A lights-out perimeter shooter who needs to develop more versatility in his game this season. — J.G.

Curious that Oakland native and Oregon freshman Jabari Brown, who plays essentially the same wing position as Crabbe, is No. 49 — without having ever played a college game:

49. Jabari Brown (freshman guard, Oregon). Could wind up being Dana Altman’s leading scorer. Strong, athletic and can fill it up. — J.G.

Other top-100 Pac-12 players: No. 23 Terrence Ross, Washington; No. 24 Reeves Nelson, UCLA; No. 42 Josh Smith, UCLA; No. 46 Josiah Turner, Arizona; No. 85 Jared Cunningham, Oregon State; No. 88 Trent Lockett, Arizona State.

Two other players with local roots: No. 84 Damian Lillard (Oakland) Weber State; No. 94 Kevin Foster, Santa Clara.

The full list is here. 

 

 

Posted on Sunday, November 6th, 2011
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Basketball: Bears No. 24 — again — in power rankings

ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com have released their joint preseason college basketball “Power Rankings,” and they look awfully familiar. Compare them to both the preseason AP top-25 and the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, and there’s hardly a difference.

Cal is No. 24 in the “Power Rankings,” the same spot it occupies in the AP and coaches polls.

Here are ESPN’s “Power Rankings:”

  1. North Carolina
  2. Kentucky
  3. Ohio State
  4. Connecticut
  5. Syracuse
  6. Duke
  7. Vanderbilt
  8. Florida
  9. Memphis
  10. Louisville
  11. Pittsburgh
  12. Baylor
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Kansas
  15. Xavier
  16. Arizona
  17. Marquette
  18. Alabama
  19. Cincinnati
  20. UCLA
  21. Texas A & M
  22. Michigan
  23. Gonzaga
  24. California
  25. Michigan State

 

 

 

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011
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