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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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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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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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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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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Thin roster still hungers for title

When the Cal men’s basketball team started this season, fans were thinking championship or bust. With over a month to go, some may already be leaning bust. The Bears are still tied for first in the Pac-12, but the blue and gold faithful have plenty of reasons to cry doom
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Bears fall into first-place tie with loss to WSU

Chaos reigns in the Pac-12. A game that saw the Cal men’s basketball team fall out of sole possession of first place ended in appropriate flurry. Washington State’s Davonte Lacy drained a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left, drawing the foul for a shot at a four-point lead. The shot was
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Cal escapes from Seattle with win

“Survived” is probably an apt description. The Cal men’s basketball team outlasted a scoring flurry by Washington to defeat the Huskies, 69-66, on Thursday evening at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Bears (16-4, 6-1 in the Pac-12) held a comfortable eight-point lead with two and a half minutes remaining in the
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