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Pac-12 Tournament: Can California’s Allen Crabbe Steal the Show in Las Vegas?

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On Tuesday afternoon, California guard Allen Crabbe was named the Pac-12 Conference‘s Player of the Year.

Crabbe and the Golden Bears will get a day or so to celebrate that accomplishment, but then it’s game time for California as they prepare to make a statement within the Pac-12 Tournament. The Golden Bears are the No. 2 seed within the bracket, working their way up the conference standings thanks to an incredible run and winning streak late in league play.

On the season, Crabbe is averaging 18.6 points per game and if his regular season accolade if any indication, he also represents the key to the Golden Bears’ success. Crabbe is also averaging 6.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Crabbe has scored in double-figures in all but three games this season, but ironically enough, two of those three occurrences have come over the course of the Golden Bears’ last four games. However, California won both of those games, so that’s a testament to the late season progression of Crabbe’s teammates.

The 6-foot-6 junior is a budding superstar and one more convincing stretch here in the postseason could really boost his NBA Draft stock. While it remains unclear if Crabbe’s time in a Cal uniform is limited or if he will return to the Golden Bears for his senior season in 2013-14, the fact of the matter doesn’t really apply here.

Crabbe should simply be focused on playing his game and leading California to a Pac-12 Tournament title.

Watch out for Crabbe and the Golden Bears in Las Vegas as this week rolls along because if they can keep their stellar play going, they could very well be a force to reckon with in the coming week or so.

 

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