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Cal MBB Insta-Recap: Cal loses a very winnable game. 62-57.

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The first half was ugly. Second half was ugly.

NCAA Basketball: California at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

1ST HALF:

The Bears came out fired up on the defensive end, Cuonzo also had the blazer off early. It looked as though the game was going to be a slow going slugfest after all of the early foul calls by the refs, and the game stayed within striking distance for both teams. 8 lead changes and 2 ties, had the score fairly similar, until the Bears imploded offensively down the stretch and was 1 of 5 of their final shots. Ivan Rabb also spent most of the 1st half on the bench after picking up 2 early fouls. Charlie Moore also spent a long period on the bench to end the half. Cal coughed up the ball 6 times in the first half to UA’s 1. Cal shot 42.9% from the field on 21 shot attempts, UA shot 51.9% on 27 shot attempts. Cal limited Arizona’s 3s to just 5 attempts but they knocked down 4, where as the Bears took 13 3’s but only made 5.

2ND HALF:

With the loss of Charlie Moore, Cal stuck around and in striking distance but could not close the gap to closer than 4. Cal shot 91.7% from the line as a team, the highest this season, but was absolutely horrendous from 3. Cal got their 1st 3 of the second half with under 30 seconds to go. This game was very winnable. This game is going to leave a very big what-if for if Ivan had a better offensive rhythm and with Charlie. It’s going to stay a big what it for me.