Bears drop first home game in topsy-turvy tilt

The boos rained down in Haas Pavilion as the first half ended. The ruckus continued after the buzzer sounded, as Cal coach Mike Montgomery got a few more words in with the referees after 20 minutes of evil stares. It reached a deafening crescendo when the three men in striped
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Say a little prayer

Allen Crabbe’s range extends all the way to half court. He just doesn’t always shoot.

Allen Crabbe can shoot, plain and simple. He’s a shooter. It’s in his blood, pulsing powerfully in his veins. Just watch him launch a jumper — feet set, flick of the wrist, perfect release. His shooting motion is mechanically sound; his follow-through, flawless. The arc of his 3-pointer, like a
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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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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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