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Cal MBB Insta-Recap: Cal L 46-54. Can’t buy a basket to end the game.

NCAA Basketball: California at Utah Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports


The Bears started out strong by getting the game into Ivan Rabb’s hands and having him be aggressive and orchestrating the offense. Ivan Rabb ended the half with 7 Points on 3-7 shooting with 9 rebounds. Cal battled to keep ahold of the lead, and kept Colorado shooting under 25%. The Bears also found some help on offense beyond Ivan from Mullins and Bird. This was definitely a huge bonus considering only 1 player scored in double digits against Utah and that was Grant Mullins. Cuonzo Martin and Co., needed to keep being aggressive on offense and getting Ivan Rabb the Ball in 1-on-1 situations.


The Bears lost the lead halfway through the half. The team looked to be gassed as the game went on and the offense started to sputter with under 8 minutes left in the game. After the Bears shrunk the lead to 1, the Buffs turned the lead into a 6 point lead over 2 minutes. Cal was down 43-49 with 1:25 left to play. The Buffs nailed dagger 3 after dagger 3 and the Bears just could not match the offense.