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Cal MBB Insta-Recap: 77-56, Arizona Cruises Past The Bears’ Stagnant Offense


NCAA Basketball: Arizona at California Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


The Bears came out on fire leading Arizona 8-4 by the first media break. Cal’s first sub came in at the 13:28 mark when Nick Hamilton came in for JHD. The Bear’s zone came looking crisp and was able to force 10 turnovers in the first half. Unfortunately, Cal was only able to translate those turnovers into 10 points. What really killed the Bears in the first half though was Arizona shooting 7-10 from 3-point land. Despite the lights out shooting by the Wildcat’s compared to Cal’s dismal offense, the Bears only found themselves down by 10 at the half after a goaltending call was waived off on the Don Coleman drive.


The Wildcats came out and hit a quick 3 to push the lead back up. To say that Arizona’s Deandre Ayton is a beast would be an understatement. After 5 minutes into the 2nd half, Ayton had racked up 6 quick points. And while it’s expected that Ayton would look good, for Cal, Justice Sueing continued to assert himself as what can only be assumed as Wyking Jones’ quintessential type of player. Justice looked strong off the dribble; at one point drawing back to back and-1’s. It would appear the Bears search for offense has been answered by Justice Sueing. Sadly all good things must come to an end, and in this case, that is Cal’s offense. Around halfway through the 2nd half, the Bears hit a 9+ minute FG drought. The Bears inability once again to produce consistent offense ultimately cost them.

What are your thoughts on the loss Cal Fans?