In the Bonus

We come back for our second helping of the Bear Republic Podcast this week, brought to you by The Republic, at 3213 Scott St., in the Marina District of San Francisco, as old friend Jon Doss helps break down No. 4-seed Syracuse in advance of Cal's third-round NCAA Tournament tilt on Saturday.


With California set to tip off in a third-round NCAA Tournament match-up against No. 4-seed Syracuse on Saturday at 6:40 p.m. at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., we bring back one of the Founding Fathers of the Bear Republic Podcast -- 13WHAM Rochester's Jon Doss -- who has covered the Orange this season, and has intimate knowledge of Jim Boeheim's 27-9 team, which bounced Montana in the second round to the tune of 81-34.

The Bears (21-11) dismissed No. 5-seed UNLV, 64-61 on Thursday, thanks to timely shooting from Allen Crabbe and the low-post work of senior Robert Thurman, as they used a 2-3 zone defense to shut down talented Rebels freshman Anthony Bennett.

On Saturday, Cal will face perhaps one of the stingiest zone defenses in the land, as the Orange have held opponents to an average of 59.4 points per game -- the 30th-best mark in the land.

Syracuse is an eight-point favorite over the Bears, who will have a raucous home crowd on-hand, as they did on Thursday, for a special neutral-site gold-out, following the conclusion of fellow No. 12-seed Oregon's tilt with No. 4-seed Saint Louis at 4:10 p.m. at HP Pavilion.

For more on the NCAA Tournament, check out our market-leading coverage in the links below!
Bears Defeat Rebels in Upset Win:
ANALYSIS: Crabbe Takes Center Stage
UNLV Notebook and Highlights (FREE)
ANALYSIS: Cal Gets Back to Basics
CSDTV: Robert Thurman Locker Room Postgame
CSDTV: Cobbs the Victorious
CSDTV: Monty Moves On to Third Round Locker Room Video
CSDTV: Thurman, Kravish React to Upset

UNLV Pregame
Bears Must Match Rebel Front Line
CSDTV: Pre-Tourney Shootaround
Bennett Now a Known Entity (FREE)
PODCAST: Tourney Time (FREE)
By the Numbers: Bears and Rebs

CSDTV: Kravish in the Middle (FREE)
CSDTV: Cobbs' Dancing Shoes
CSDTV: Rebels Rematch Top Stories