What an exciting game. This has been a tough season for the Golden Bears. Expected to contend, they have been middling. With 3 wins in the last 4 games, will things turn around?
Cal got a bit of luck in their upset of the Oregon Ducks. Up 2 with time running out, Cal needed to stop Oregon in their last possession. Oregon's E.J. Singler got a wide open three, but fortunately the ball rimmed out. Then, the refs called a jump ball on the rebound: POSSESSION GOLDEN BEARS! Game over!
In my non-professional opinion, there was a Cal foul on the rebound. BUT I'LL TAKE THE NO CALL! There was a lot of contact on that particular rebound and I am sure you could probably find contact on both sides.
Oregon has had a rough go of it this week, losing to both Stanford and Cal on their Bay Area road trip. Apparently, this is Cal's 10th win over Oregon in a row. How unanticipated.
I don't know if this is the start of the a season turn around or just a nice light in the darkness of the 2012-2013 season. What I do know is that we can enjoy this game for what it was. A disjointed first half with a pretty thrilling second half. Oregon got out to an 8 point lead, but then Cal came roaring back. An exciting finish with a big upset over a Top 25 team. This isn't where we anticipated the season being, but winning is, as they say, better than losing. SO, GO BEARS! Let's build on this!
I wish I could provide more depth and insight, but I was at the game. When I go to the games, I always find it difficult to see the big picture. I don't know if other people are like that. We do have the official recap to provide some of the bigger picture.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Justin Cobbs made an 18-foot jumper with 1:35 remaining then added a pair of free throws to seal California's 58-54 victory over No. 10 Oregon on Saturday, handing the Ducks their second straight loss to an unranked team this week.
Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon scored 13 points apiece, and Tyrone Wallace added 12 while helping the Golden Bears (13-8, 5-4 Pac-12) defeat a top-10 opponent for the first time since Jan. 31, 2008 (69-64 victory at No. 9 Washington State).
Tony Woods had 14 points and eight rebounds for Oregon, but failed to get a potential tying shot after grabbing E.J. Singler's missed 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left. The Ducks (18-4, 7-2) were held scoreless over the final four minutes.
Fans rushed center court at Haas Pavilion and surrounded Cal's players in a raucous celebration after Oregon's Johnathan Loyd's missed jumper as the buzzer sounded.
The frantic finish was in stark contrast to the first 35 minutes of the game when both teams struggled to find any kind of offensive rhythm.
Oregon shot 47.6 percent from the floor but made only one real solid run in the second half when the Ducks scored 11 straight to take a 50-42 lead.
And there are some YouTube videos of the press conferences:
What did you think about Cal's big upset? GO BEARS!