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    December 30th

    … CU in the Arena …

    Getting to Know: California Bears

    Game … Friday, New Year’s Day, 9:00 p.m., MT … Pac-12 Networks … KOA 850 radio

    Bears’ 2014-15 Record: 18-15, 7-11 in Pac-12 play … As is the case this year, Cal opened the 2014-15 season with a 10-3 non-conference record. The Bears had some confidence heading into Pac-12 play, with wins over No. 23 Syracuse, Wyoming, and Princeton on its resume. The momentum didn’t last, however, as the Bears lost six of their first seven Pac-12 games. A five-game winning streak, including a 68-61 win over Colorado in Boulder, made Cal a 16-9, 6-6 team, with aspirations of post-season play. The Bears, however, went 1-5 to finish with a 7-11 Pac-12 record.

    California was the No. 8 seed in the Pac-12 tournament last spring, and won its first Pac-12 tournament game against Washington State, but then fell, 73-51, to No. 1 seed (and 5th-ranked Arizona) in the quarterfinals. Cal did not play in any post-season tournaments.

    Bears’ 2015-16 record: 10-3, with a few decent wins on the resume. Cal has defeated Seattle (the teams which handed the Buffs their season-ending loss last spring) and Wyoming. Two of the Bears’ losses came in a Thanksgiving weekend tournament in Las Vegas, with Cal falling in successive games to San Diego State and Richmond.

    Perhaps Cal’s best effort of the season to date came in a loss. The Bears led No. 5 Virginia for most of the game between the two teams last Tuesday in Berkeley. Cal led by as many as 11 points in the second half, and did not surrender the lead until the final minute of regulation against the Cavaliers, but ultimately fell in overtime, 63-62.

    Series: California leads the all-time series, 13-12, including the aforementioned win against Colorado last February. The win was just the second for the Bears in Boulder in 10 tries, with Cal holding a 10-1 advantage in games played in Berkeley (CU leads, 3-2, in neutral site games). The Buffs have a 5-4 advantage over the Bears since joining the Pac-12 (including a 2011 win in an NIT game), but Cal has won three of the last four in the series.

    Notes … Tad Boyle on CU’s chances to win the Pac-12: “I love our team. I like our players, our mindset. But I think the league is better than anytime we’ve been in it, from top to bottom … Do I like our team? Yeah … But the most consistent team is going to be the one that wins our league. I look at two programs, Arizona and Oregon, which are pretty consistent night in and night out”.

    On the importance of getting off to a good start in Pac-12 conference play: “It’s an 18-game schedule, so saying the first two are ‘must win’ is crazy. But (starting off 2-0 on the road) would certainly give us great momentum … The one thing is, you’re not going to sneak up on anybody. Cal’s going to be ready for us”.

    California – Player to watch: “Jordan Mathews is one of the most underrated players in our league”, Tad Boyle said Tuesday. Mathews is a 6’3″ junior guard who is averaging 13.1 points per game, and is hitting over 40% of his three-point attempts. “Mathews”, said Boyle, “is sneaky, sneaky good. Every time he has an open shot, it seems like it goes in”.​

    Coach Tad Boyle talks with media before leaving for the Bay Area

    YouTube video courtesy of BuffStampede.com


    December 29th

    … CU in the Arena …

    Buffs ready to start “second season” Friday against Cal

    From cubuffs.com … When the Colorado Buffaloes reported for their first post-Christmas break practice Monday, Tad Boyle’s message was simple:

    “The second season starts today.”

    That season, of course, is Pac-12 play, a stretch of 18 games in the league that currently owns the second-highest RPI in the nation (trailing only the Big 12), and is considered to be one of the deepest conferences in the country. Games start this weekend, when the Buffs play at Cal on Friday (9 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) and at Stanford on Sunday (8 p.m., ESPNU).

    The “first” season, of course, was a solid if not resounding success. The 11-2 Buffs put together an 11-game win streak, won two road games and beat three teams currently ranked in the nation’s top 100 RPI.

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