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Cal Basketball To Play Georgia in CBE Classic In Kansas City

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Schedule 11/21: Missouri vs. Notre Dame (7:30 ET, ESPN2); California vs. Georgia (9:30 ET, ESPN2) 11/22: Third-place game (7:45 ET, ESPNU); championship game (10 ET, ESPN2)

Mike Montgomery, Coaching Staff Self-Impose Sanctions On Cal Basketball Program

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Jeff Goodman reports: "FOXSports.com has learned that California men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery and members of his coaching staff appeared in front of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions Friday in Indianapolis. According to multiple sources, the Golden Bears are being investigated for impermissible phone calls and have already self-imposed sanctions on the program." Here is the official statement on the matter, courtesy of Cal Athletics. "In 2008, as a result of normal review and monitoring procedures, the Cal Athletic Department discovered violations of NCAA by-laws that govern the frequency and number of phone calls that coaches are allowed to place to prospective student-athletes. Cal quickly self-reported the findings to the Pacific-10 Conference and the NCAA, and imposed sanctions on individuals employed by the men’s basketball program. Internal and external investigations have already concluded that the violations were not intentional. Because the NCAA Committee on Infractions is currently considering the final disposition of this case, we will have no further comment until a final decision is rendered."

Cal's First Men's Basketball Practice

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A fan who won a drawing to view the first Cal hoops practice wrote up his observations of the current team. Here are the most interesting ones: *Max Zhang played with the first team over Sanders-Frison, but apparently didn't impress the observer. MSF though looked very good down on the low block. *Good quote about Bak Bak: "[He]'s really intriguing, thinking down the line. His frame lends to Rod Benson comparisons, but I think Bak lacks some of Benson's explosion and quickness, has a little more size at this point on his arms and shoulders, and a much, much more refined, creative, tricky, confident, and fluid offensive game from 8-15 feet than Benson had for most of his career. This, based on twenty minutes of watching one practice. Take with grain of salt." *Harper Kamp still looks like he's got some ways to go before fully recovering from his surgery, lacks the explosiveness he showed in Pac-10 play. *Gutierrez "was in a walking boot on his right foot/ankle. It was also a pretty small, thin, unobtrusive boot, not one of those Robocop ones, and he was suited up and shot around alone for a few minutes, so that's good. Need him." *Here are some notes on the freshman Brandon Smith: "Seen him play several times for DLS. He seems even bulkier now, which makes him really very strong for a freshman. Showed a good handle, too, working against some pressure D from Randle. You can tell Smith is a guy who plays by all the rules, doesn't half ass, and is generally the type of player a coach would love to have." *The senior starters looked about the same. Also couldn't tell much about Seeley and Amoke, who saw only a little bit of action. Omondi also had a nice free feature on him from Rivals.

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