The Cal Bears had a golden opportunity to solidify themselves as one of the best teams in the Pac-12 against the Utah Utes; however, they proved that they are just another dud. The Utes have just two wins on the road in Pac-12 conference play, and their biggest one came tonight.
In a game where the Bears needed a huge win, Justin Cobbs finished with a disappointing six points. The Utes held the star guard to seven assists and 2-of-6 shooting from the floor, arguably the worst game of his year. Richard Solomon took over the role as leading scorer for the Bears, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the process — an overall great night.
What Solomon provided was taken away by the home loss, which you simply cannot do to the Utes and in conference play.
The Utes’ star forward Jordan Loveridge’s 3-of-17 shooting from the floor was luckily overshadowed by the huge upset they put up on the road against Cal. Loveridge still finished with 12 points, one of three Utes in double-figures. Brandon Taylor and Delon Wright were the others, scoring 13 and 11 respectively.
The Bears still have a chance to get into the tournament if they put up a great showing at home against the Colorado Buffaloes, which would help them not only get out of their three-game skid, but help them stay in the tournament committee’s eyes. A win against the then-No. 1 Arizona Wildcats certainly helps their chances, but the losses to the USC Trojans and the UCSB Gauchos have to be red flags for the committee.
John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII