"Like their rivals across the Bay, the Bears' best asset is their backcourt. Last season juniors Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs combined for 27.8 of Cal's 71.1 points a game. While they'll continue to carry the scoring load, they should get help in the frontcourt if sophomore forward David Kravish, who averaged 6.9 points and 5.6 rebounds last year, continues to blossom, and if 6-10 junior Richard Solomon, who contributed 6 points and 6.2 rebounds a game before being suspended for academic reasons midway through the season, can become a scoring threat as well as a reliable rebounder. (Word has it Solomon has gained 20 pounds and a few post moves in the offseason.) The Bears' biggest challenge will be filling the leadership and toughness void left by the Jorge Gutierrez, last year's Pac-12 Player of the Year."
Interesting but the national media really know little about the team beyond what they read. I think the average fan could pick just as well. I think the race in the PAC 12 is wide open. I assume AZ, UCLA and Stanfordm are the top 3. Cal's experience will be a big factor vs. these teams. If either Krecklow or Wallace become factors we are really solid. Solomon and Kravish will surprise people. Then there is the Monty factor. Still the best coach in the league. Cal will be in the hunt!
11/4 8:38 AM | IP: Logged
agree Pac 12 is really hard to judge/predict
Here's an article about the P12 from ESPN: (also -- espn mag picks cal 4th, and # 43 in the Nation)
Colorado is off to a very nice start with wins over Baylor and Murray State.
11/19 12:48 AM | IP: Logged
There are probably only 4 teams you can count out of the mix, Utah, Wash St and USC and maybe Ariz. St.. This season will go down to the last week. If the teams are beating up each other it will be tough for anyone to rank very high. Unless Soloman snaps out of it, it will take all of Monty's coaching skill to keep us in it. You will see some different lineups depending on the opponent. Thurman will see lots of time against UCLA to counter Smith's size. Maybe Kravish and Krecklow at the 4/5 against fast teams.