Jonathan Kuperberg

Parrom party’s pitter patter

Last call. The party is over. Put away the champagne bottles, take down the drapers, blow out the candles. There will be no Parrom Party Thursday night. And that’s a shame. Kevin Parrom torched the Bears for 25 points, six assists and six rebounds at Haas Pavilion on Feb. 5,
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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 5

1. Cal (17-5, 7-2) A messy but convincing win over Stanford kept Cal atop the conference, and the rest of the schedule looks friendly. Although unlikely, a nine-game sweep to end the season is a faint possibility; the only two-game trips left are pointed toward Los Angeles and the mountains,
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Conference Questions

Can Oregon State recover its season? The Beavers probably can’t vie for the Pac-12 title, not after starting conference play by losing five of their first six games. But Craig Robinson’s squad, gimmicky as its 1-3-1 defense is, should soon push its way back into the top six. Oregon State
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Sophomore Justin Cobbs has settled in as Cal's starting point guard after transferring from Minnesota.

Lights, please

Justin Cobbs waited two years for a chance at the starting lineup. This fall, he finally got his shot.

His debut didn’t count, an exhibition game played before Haas Pavilion’s meager crowd of 1,818, their appearance thinned by rows upon rows of empty seats. There was Justin Cobbs, willing his way to seven straight points upon a lonely stage. Hotly contested points, too, the kind that would elicit yells
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Senior guard Jorge Gutierrez ranks second on the team in points (14.3) and assists per game (4.5).

Cal, Stanford to battle for Bay Area bragging rights, conference supremacy

Despite differences, rivals are in similar positions looking for same thing: to get back on winning track

The Cal men’s basketball team and its arch-rival could be a study in opposites. The Bears have six active players who average double-figure minutes per game. Stanford has 10. Cal is led by a defensive-minded senior guard. Stanford, a freshman shooter who has taken 100 3-pointers already this season. Mike
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Jonathan Kuperberg

Montgomery towers over rivalry’s lack of rivalry

Mike Montgomery insists that no one should make a fuss over the Cal-Stanford men’s basketball rivalry. “It’s not like football,” Cal’s skipper said. “It’s not the Big Game, where you have luncheons six days a week. “We try not to get too over the top.” Montgomery never really needed to
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Senior forward Harper Kamp will look to carry a thin Cal squad down the stretch in search of a conference title.

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 4

No. 1: Cal (16-5, 6-2) Cal couldn’t sweep its Washington road trip, but considering how thin the Bears are, that’s not much of a surprise. Mike Montgomery’s squad still looks like the best in the conference; it’s just not constructed for long road trips or the eventual Pac-12 tournament’s jam-packed
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Conference Questions

Is UCLA head coach Ben Howland on the hot seat? If not for a once-in-a-generation Florida team, Ben Howland could have led the Bruins to consecutive championships in 2006 and 2007. He took squads without big-time recruits, and taught them defense. The result: two Final Fours. But UCLA’s third consecutive
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