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Pac-10 Tournament Final: Washington vs. California (Also Women's Semi, Furd-Cal)

Men's vs UDub
Time: 3 PM PST/6 PM EST
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM
Streams: Post links in comments.

Women's vs Furd
Time: 2:30 PST
Radio: radio
Streams: probably none, check the comments
Injuries: Jayne Appel, very probable, sprained ankle.
"This group is really close having played together for the last four years and having been through a lot of games. We want to win this tournament. There wouldn't be a better feeling than winning tomorrow. We understand in the postseason it's win or go home so that's in the back of our minds. We really enjoy playing with each other and we're not ready for it to end." ~Theo Robertson

It's starting to register. Whether we like it or not, our time with this team is coming to an end. It won't end tonight, but it's going to end soon. And I'm guessing most of us are feeling life won't be quite the same without them.

Hopefully these guys will keep on playing hard and cohesive and give them the best shot of playing a little bit longer. To do that, it's time to wrap another piece of business at Staples Center this afternoon. Go Bears.

After the jump, the women's preview against the #2 Cardinal.

Well, the Pac-10, in their infinite wisdom, has three basketball games going today. And of course, they managed to schedule the Cal men and the Cal women's games at more or less the same time. Way to go, guys. I'll do my best to provide updates on the women's game while the men battle with Washington.

Cal will face Pac-10 juggernaut Stanford in their last chance to secure a defining victory to impress the selection committee. Last week Cal played a Jayne Appel-less Stanford and still lost badly as Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen each scored more than 20 points each. Appel wasn't supposed to play yesterday, but Arizona stayed close for awhile and VanDerveer played her for 10 minutes. Stanford wants to rest her, but if the game is close she's almost certain to play. If so, Cal's challenge will be that much more difficult.

I'll keep this simple, since we've seen Stanford twice already. For Cal to have a chance, their offensive play must be near perfect. Cal can hold their own on the boards, and they've shown the ability to play effective defense on the Cardinal as well. But Cal has not shown the ability to score against Stanford. Gold-Onwude is probably the Pac-10's best on the ball defender and she controlled Alexis Gray-Lawson last Saturday. Nobody else was able to step up enough and Cal couldn't sink shots when they needed it. Without a big improvement from last week on the offensive end this game will finish just like the last two games against Stanford did.

I'm not optimistic, but stranger things have happened. Go Bears!


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