Thursday, January 25, 2007

Cal vs UCLA basketball tonight

We don't normally post about basketball but tonight's game is huge. So please support the team by watching the game 6pm PST on FSN or going to Haas to cheer the Bears and jeer the baby bears.

Cal basketball has had an up and down season. Injuries have plagued the team all year with Devon Hardin out for most of the season. Freshman phenom Ryan Anderson and senior point guard Ayinde Ubaka have carried the team to a respectable 12-7 record. But what you have to love about this team is that it is scrappy and has tremendous heart. If Ben Braun gets this team into the NCAA tournament he should be a lock for Pac 10 coach of the year and should get some consideration for National coach of the year.

Cal currently has 9 scholarship players on the team. That essentially means that Cal is a starting 5 with 2 players rotating in so that starters don't pass out on the floor. Watch this team, follow this team and cheer for this team because this team is what UC Berkeley is all about.

Also, watch for a big upset tonight. UCLA is ranked #3 in the nation and has a solid team. But it is one that Cal matches up with well. With Luc Mhab a Moute out, there is no one on the UCLA team that can stop Anderson. He will go for over 20 in the game. Ubaka can handle Darren Collinson, the UCLA spark plug at point guard or move over to the 2 and shut down Afflalo. Perhaps, Cal will counter Collinson with our own freshman jitter bug Jerome Randle. I am telling you this is a fun Cal team to watch.

Prediction: 65 - 61 Cal over UCLA

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