Cal Basketball: NIT-bound?
After a big loss to Utah on Wednesday, the California basketball team is 36th in the RPI, but will the Bears be able to turn around their dismal 1-7 road record in time for the Pac-12 Tournament, and maybe earn an invite to March Madness?
Prospects aren't looking great, this week, as Cal heads back out on the road to face Colorado (16-5, 5-3 in Pac-12) on Sunday. The Buffs just scored a 91-75 win over Stanford, is fifth in the Pac-12 ins coring offense and first in the league in free throw percentage. That's going to be a big challenge for the Bears, who rank 220th in the NCAA in personal fouls per game, with 20.1 infractions per contest.
Cal is still first in the nation in two-point field goal percentage defense, and Colorado is shooting 44.5% from the field (554-for-1245), eighth in the conference. But, the Buffaloes are 275th in the nation in two-point shooting, so the defense should be in good shape in Boulder.
The Buffaloes are, however, first in the Pac-12 in three-point percentage (171-for-418) at 40.9%, while the Bears are 11th in the league in defending the three (35.8%).
Cal's marquee win thus far -- over then-No. 11 Arizona at Haas Pavilion -- was tarnished a bit, as the Wildcats fell, 83-75, at McHale Court, breaking a 49-game home winning streak.
The other potential marquee win -- over Saint Mary's -- is looking a bit better, as the Gaels are 17-2 on the year with wins over Gonzaga and the Cardinal.
Official Visit Week
The Cal football team was busy this week on the recruiting front, bringing in Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa and Houston (Tex.) Summer Creek outside linebacker Isaiah Bean for midweek official visits.
Who's Going to Run the Bear Raid?
Reports have surfaced that former Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital is up for the job, and he certainly checks a few boxes, as does former Cal wide receivers coach Rob Likens, who was offensive coordinator for the 0-12 Kansas Jayhawks this season, but still was able to improve freshman quarterback Ryan Willis throughout the season.