The California Golden Bears are coming off of a 21-win season, where they finished tied for second in the Pac-12 Conference. With that said, how do they stack up with the rest of the conference for the 2013-14 college basketball season?
Let me just put it this way, Arizona, UCLA and Colorado should easily be the best teams in the conference. After that, Oregon and Stanford will not be that far behind. After those five teams, we can start talking about the Golden Bears.
Sure, this team was only one win away from winning the conference this past season, but losing Allen Crabbe will be huge and there will be a lot of talent at the top of the conference. That does not mean that Cal will be bad or anything like that because it will still have a shot at dancing in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. If someone can emerge on the team and take over for Crabbe, this team could exceed expectations.
Until that actually happens, though, finishing in the top five will be tough for California. Not saying it won’t happen, but at this point, the Golden Bears have plenty of great teams ahead of them.
I don’t think there is anyway that Cal can challenge Arizona, Colorado or UCLA for a conference title, but I guess you never know. This is a very competitive conference and that was apparent when three teams finished one game back in the regular season standings this past season.
Hopefully, California proves me wrong, but it is very tough to compete for a conference title when a team loses a guy that averaged 18.4 points per game.
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