Bob Clark of the Register-Guard (Eugene, Or.) wants to put an end to the discussion about who should be the Pac-12 Player of the Year. Without a doubt, Clark believes the award should go to Jorge Gutierrez.
California’s Jorge Gutierrez, barring some very strange happenings over the final three weeks, should be an almost unanimous selection of the conference coaches.
Yes, he isn’t the leading scorer on his own team, nor does he lead the Bears in assists. He’s simply the player who makes the most difference in most of the games that matter in this conference.
Not that his numbers don’t speak well of him. He’s 10th in the Pac-12 in scoring (13.7), fifth in assists (4.3), 10th in steals (1.2) and even ninth in defensive rebounds (4.4).
Oh, and he might well be the best defender in the Pac-12. Ask players who have to go against him.
There are other good players in the conference, starting with Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham. But here’s the knock: has he mattered that much?
The Beavers are tied for eighth in the standings. What would they be without Cunningham? Not much worse.
OSU coach Craig Robinson has argued that it shouldn’t matter where a team is in the standings. Yes, it should.
As Colorado coach Tad Boyle put it, "whoever can help their team win their league is a guy who should be a player of the year candidate."
After the jump Justin Cobbs' heroics keep the Bears' Pac-12 title hopes alive and the women's basketball team dispatches Oregon with much less trouble.
- In a game highlighted by a combined 21 three pointers from both times, the women's team earned an important road win at Oregon, 83-71.
- The Daily Cal recaps the win. Once again the Bears broke the 80-point barrier against the Ducks.
- At the post-game press conference Coach Gottlieb praised the team's hustle and ability to get rebounds in the second half. The Bears grabbed a total of 111 rebounds in their two games against Oregon this year.
- Faraudo's game thread recaps a thrilling but stressful 86-83 win over Oregon.
- DailyCal recaps the game.
- Monty, Harper Kamp, and Justin Cobbs spoke at the post-game press conference.
- Jorge's parents made their second trip up to Haas to watch their son play.
- Faraudo recaps the game for the local press and includes a photo gallery featuring this gem. Frank Cohen and others made some high quality Jorge and Harper faces.
- Tony Renda is one of 50 candidates for the Golden Spikes Award, given out to the nation's top amateur baseball player.
- Pac-12 coaches picked Cal to finish sixth in the conference.