PAC-10 Turnover: Cal Tops UCLA, 67-61

Everything is topsy turvy in Bruin land as UCLA falls in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament to the Cal Bears...

The Cal Bears (22-7) eliminated the UCLA Bruins (19-11) from the Pac-10 Tournament with a familiar formula: Play good d, and then let the Bruins beat themselves. UCLA made 19 turnovers, most of them unforced, and hit only 9-18 FTs in a game that was still up for grabs until the final minute and half.

The Bruins lost as they've been losing for the past two months, not with a bang, but with a whimper (sorry, TS, for dragging you into this). The team continued to struggle to find good shots in its new motion offense. Billy Knight and Jason Kapono struggled the most, as usual, since neither sets picks for their teammates and apparently their teammates have decided to return the non-favor. Cal did a terrific job in keeping the ball out of Dan Gadzuric's hands, holding him scoreless in the first half and to just 6 points for the game, and that was another big factor in the Bruin defeat. Dan's inside scoring has been one of the few consistent factors for UCLA in recent contests.

At the other end, Cal rode the hot outside shooting of former walk-on Ryan Forehan-Kelly, who hit 6-9 from 3 en route to 20 points, and the hot inside/outside shooting of Joe Shipp, who finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds, to do enough damage to UCLA's mixed defenses to give Cal the upper hand. The Bears hit 44.4% of their FGs, 66.7% of their FTs (10-15) and 36% of their 3s (9-25). Nothing great, but with ShanTay Legans and AJ Diggs running the team, Cal only made 13 mistakes, which was 6 less than UCLA. That was the difference in the game.

Matt Barnes led the Bruins with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Beyond stats, Matt was one of the few players to actually play well for UCLA. Jason Kapono got 10 points on 4-13 shooting. Billy Knight added 9 points on 2-8 shooting. Dan had 9 rebounds to go with his 6 points. Ced Bozeman played his worst game of the season, racking up 6 turnovers against 3 assists. Ryan Walcott was a lot better, but still made 5 turnovers against 10 points and 6 assists. I must add that I thought that 2 of Ced's turnovers and 2 of Ryan's were bogus. Protest noted. Dijon Thompson (5 points) and Rico Hines (2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, forced 2 more Cal turnovers) both played well off the bench. TJ Cummings got 2 points. Andre Patterson only played 4 minutes.

Lavin didn't play his 4 FR and TJ lineup.

UCLA's season appears to be drawing to a rapid close. The Bruins should get a 8 or 9 seed in the Tournament and lose in the first round to a solid opponent. A victory would most likely bring a 30-point clocking at the hands of Kansas, Duke, Maryland or Oklahoma.


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