The what if game. How do you think Cal performs at the tourney with Richard Solomon in action the last two games?
Avinash Kunnath: If Cal loses to Syracuse we probably still have trouble with Dayton. It's just a bad matchup in terms of depth and size. Too many bigs would have just gotten Richard in foul trouble and we'd still have lost in most scenarios.
I feel 2-1 is the most likely scenario. That second marquee win would have come in handy in the spring.
Most disappointing: Tyrone Wallace regressed. Once his outside shot stopped falling he pressed a little bit more and was just all over the place. Final tally from Maui: 7-19 shooting, 21 points, 13 turnovers. He did provide some decent relief as a secondary ball-handler and was still generally good defensively, but after that things fell apart.
Also slightly alarming was Jabari Bird's defensive struggles, but we've seen those the past few weeks and we know it'll take him awhile to learn how to play within a zone. To see Wallace struggle that much against marquee competition is not a good sign for games against Creighton and UCSB.
Ruey Yen: Jordan Matthews has really emerged to be a rotation player in Maui. While he only played 8 minute in the Arkansas game, but had a memorable play on a key steal, Matthews played 22 and 20 minutes in the Syracuse and Dayton games, respectively. When Richard Solomon is back, we can probably still expect Matthews to be that 7th guy in the rotation behind the starting 5 and Ricky Kreklow.
Like Avi said, David Kravish's performance was also very encouraging. It is great to see him maintain his dominance against the physically bigger major conference schools. I would also have to give kudos to the Bears' 3 point shooting. Jabari Bird and Ricky Kreklow both have been shooting fairly consistently from outside the arc.
I wouldn't necessarily say that Tyrone Wallace has regressed in Maui as oppose to how he still have some work to do to make more of a consistent impact. While Wallce's free throw shooting has appeared to have improved over the offseason, his inconsistence from the line was a liability in Maui.
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