The California Golden Bears had mixed expectations entering the year. They lost their leading scorer and best player over the offseason, but one of the top freshman was set to join the team and talent was returning. Well, 12 games into the season Cal sits at 8-4 and is still searching for a marquee win.
The Golden Bears haven’t been overly challenged in their non-conference schedule, but they did play Syracuse, who is ranked as high as No. 2 in the polls. This team could have added a big win to the resume if they knocked off the Creighton Bluejays, but that did not happen–lost 68-54.
I am not sure if the Golden Bears will have the talent to beat the Wildcats, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they knocked off Oregon or Colorado at some point in the season–other two teams ranked in the conference.
Unfortunately for this team, there is nothing special about their resume–none of their victories are really all that impressive. Beating Arkansas was probably a momentum booster, but I doubt the Razorbacks will compete for an SEC title or anything like that.
Regardless, this is a team that still has a lot of questions, but I am sure some of those questions will get answered once conference play starts. Regardless ( yes, I meant to throw that same word at you in back-to-back sentences), California is still searching for that marquee win. It will have plenty of opportunities to get that win in Pac-12 play, but who knows if that will actually happen.