You may feel like you are just getting your feet wet with this new 2004-05 basketball season, but CJ is already knee-deep in his assessment of the conference. Here he shares with us the best freshmen in the Pac-10 and the most improved players he has seen in the first month of the season.
December 10, 2004
<p class="txt">In a game that was critical for Cal's postseason hopes, Richard Midgley, Leon Powe, and Marquise Kately combined for 59 points in the Bears' 85-81 overtime win over Oregon at Haas Pavilion. Powe had a strong +/- with a +11 in 35 minutes of play. Cal also received a titanic boost from Rod Benson, who finished with a +10 in 23 minutes.</p>
February 27, 2004
<p class=txt>Only 16 teams will remain in the NCAA Tournament after Sunday - the absolute brutal truth of how swift the end can come for some programs. For many players, it's the end of a career. March Madness is primarily about survival for those teams who do find a way to advance. It's a chance to 'keep on playing', and that phrase is one of the key ingredients in March Madness upsets. The Big Dance is all about drama and emotion. How can you not love it?
March 21, 2003
<p class="txt">For all the early season expections that the Cal basketball team has exceeded, there's a growing concern that the team is now like a vehicle on very old tires - with blowouts of all sorts looming ahead. But if the team needed something to get its attention, a resounding loss to a USC team that they had beaten twice this year might do the trick. </P>
March 15, 2003
<p class="txt"> Halfway through the first half, Oregon State was leading Cal 9-8 as coffee pots were being fired up throughout the Bay Area as the Bear faithful tried to stay awake in hopes that their team wouldn't suffer the same fate as the #1, #2 and #4 seeds on the Pac-10 conference tourney. But in the second half, the Bear offense came out of hibernation as a 17-3 run helped give Cal a rare lopsided win. </p>
March 14, 2003