Cal passes first road test with win in Denver

After the Cal men’s basketball team’s 78-65 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, coach Mike Montgomery called out his big men, saying that they had to do a better job finishing around the basket. And senior Robert Thurman and sophomore David Kravish responded Friday night in Denver, collectively finishing
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Crabbe mile-high next to Denver’s leading scorers

In preseason polls, both the Cal men’s basketball team and Denver were picked to finish third in the Pac-12 and the WAC conferences, respectively. There’s a chasm of difference between the predicted finishes — starting with the schedule. The Bears (2-0) head to Magness Arena in Denver, Colo., off back-to-back
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Bears race past Roadrunners in season opener

Eventually, the Cal men’s basketball team will need to diversify its offense. But to defeat CSU Bakersfield in their season opener Sunday night, all the Bears needed was a heavy dosage of Justin Cobbs and Allen Crabbe. The pair of junior guards outscored the Roadrunners in the first half, building
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Roadrunners to be first roadkill for Bears

Both the Cal men’s basketball team and CSU Bakersfield lost in the first round of the postseason last year. That’s about where the similarities end. Just over 2,000 fans were on hand to witness the Roadrunners’ six-point loss to Utah State in the Postseason Tournament. The Bears, meanwhile, fell
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Crabbe, Cobbs deliver win in exhibition game

In retrospect, the best ticket on Tuesday might have been Crabbe-Cobbs. The junior guards combined for 50 points in the Cal men’s basketball team’s 89-80 exhibition win over San Francisco State at Haas Pavilion. Swingman Allen Crabbe tallied 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He was deadly from behind
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Guards Crabbe, Cobbs to lead young Cal roster

For the first time as Cal men’s basketball coach, Mike Montgomery won’t have Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp beside him in Haas Pavilion. But he may not need them to reach the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in his five seasons in Berkeley. “We’ve got a good nucleus of
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Bears announce 2012-13 schedule

A battle of brainy teams, a trip to Madison, Wisc., and four other matchups against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year highlight the Cal men’s basketball team’s regular season schedule released Friday. The Bears’ 31-game regular season slate includes 16 home games — four of which will be against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
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Cal men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery's contract was extended two years through the 2015-16 season on Monday.

Montgomery signed through 2015-16

Mike Montgomery isn’t going anywhere. The head coach of the Cal men’s basketball team agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season, according to a press release Monday. “Mike is a proven winner as a coach on the basketball court and as a mentor in developing our student-athletes
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Bears lose two guards to transfer

Bench players Murray, Rossi depart

Coach Mike Montgomery will start next season with another thin roster. Backup guards Emerson Murray and Alex Rossi are leaving Cal. Both appear on a list of transfers reported by CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman. The two have been little used in their time on campus, but would have likely seen
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