California Golden Bears' Win Over Oregon Not A Fluke

By Trevor Lowry
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The California Golden Bears are proving to be one of the best teams in the Pac-12 and their win over the Oregon Ducks was not a fluke.

California is now 11-4 on the season and is a perfect 2-0 in the conference. Its four losses have come against Syracuse, Dayton, UC Santa Barbara and Creighton. All four of those teams have a realistic shot of dancing this season. Yes, even UC Santa Barbara, who has also beaten UNLV.

The Golden Bears have now beaten Stanford and Oregon in the Pac-12. Both teams have the talent to finish in the top five of the conference standings. Beating quality teams is one thing, but doing it on the road is a completely different story.

Most teams are expected to win at home. After all, home court advantage is kind of a big deal in college hoops.

Winning on the road in conference play leads to conference championships. I am not saying Cal will end up beating out Arizona for the Pac-12 title, but I definitely wouldn’t say that is impossible.

The conference season is still very young, but the Golden Bears have been without a doubt one of the top teams so far. The only other undefeated teams in the conference are Arizona and Colorado. Can California beat both of those teams? I don’t see why not, especially with the way it is playing right now.

This team has six players averaging nine or more points per game. Five of those players are scoring 11 or more per contest. Can this balanced attack win a Pac-12 title this year? Sure, but conference play is going to get even more tough when Cal has to play teams like UCLA, Colorado and Arizona.

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