California Golden Bears Blow “Golden” Opportunity

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The California Golden Bears‘ season seemed to turn around this past Saturday after a home victory over the then No. 1 team in the nation in the Arizona Wildcats.

The win was huge after the Golden Bears suffered a three-game in conference losing streak, and it was one of the few impressive wins that the Bears have on the season.

However, tonight against the cross town rival Stanford Cardinal, California seemed to take another step back.

The Golden Bears played an uninspiring first half, allowing the Cardinal (who were trying to avenge a conference opening loss to the Golden Bears) to have a 42-point first half and at one juncture, the Cardinal had an 18-point first half lead.

California did, however, narrowed this big deficit back down to six at halftime, yet the second half played out like a majority of the first half.

Usually solid players like Richard Solomon and Jordan Matthews failed to contribute significantly with only six points and two points, respectively. A normally solid defensive squad, the Golden Bears, who have allowed an average of just 68 points per game, gave up 80 to the Cardinal.

Reigning Pac-12 player of the week Justin Cobbs, who hit the game-winner against Arizona, was the only player who played well with 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting, but got next to no help whatsoever except from Tyrone Wallace, who had a very quiet 21 points.

For the Golden Bears to have any chance at an at-large bid, they will have to win both of their upcoming games against UCLA at home and on the road against Arizona. Losing one, if not both, of these games will guarantee an early end to their season, unless they can pull a “miracle” in the Pac-12 postseason tournament.

Brian Kalchik is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook and connect with him on Google.

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