Remember what I said about Cal being the best team in the Pac-12 yesterday? Well, I think they still are the best team. But I'm wondering how good the Pac-12 really is going to be this season.
The Bears were manhandled 92-53 by Missouri in the finals of the CBE Classic.
The lows for Cal:
- The 39-point margin of defeat equals the Bears' fourth-worst in a game since 1937. (Worst ever was 101-50 to Stanford, coached by Montgomery, in 2000.)
- It was their worst loss in 106 games under Montgomery, exceeding 109-77 loss at UW last year.
- It was their worst nonconference loss ever.
If you are a Washington fan, you would look at the ball pressure and full-court pressure that Missouri used with its ultra quick guards and see it as a way to disrupt the Bears. But I dare say, that Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp won't play that poorly all together in a game any time soon.
Meanwhile in Maui, the UCLA Bruins got down by 20, but then rallied and made it a game before falling apart and losing 72-56.
Kupchak didn't get much of a look at Smith because the NBA prospect fouled out in only 13 minutes. Smith moved back into the starting lineup, but it was as if he didn't show up at all, finishing with one point and one rebound and two turnovers.
The 6-foot-10, 315-pound sophomore picked up fourth foul only 3:31 into second half and went to the bench. He re-entered the game with 8:20 left and lasted only 81 seconds before picking up his fifth foul. Howland said the Jayhawks' double-teams bothered Smith and acknowledged that Smith's conditioning was an ongoing issue.
"It's evident," Howland said.Back in Los Angeles, USC again struggled to score points, but managed to hang on and beat Morgan State, 65-62.
Trojans Coach Kevin O'Neill said he didn't know whether his young team had enough knowledge or experience to recover from an early 31-16 deficit to the Bears (0-4), especially coming off an unseemly 42-36 loss on Saturday to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
"I really wasn't sure, to be honest with you," O'Neill said. "When that happens, especially at home, you never know. Every time we do something, it's a first. We're young. We're as virgin of a team as you can have." Tonight's games will all be on TV
Wed., Nov. 23Stanford vs. Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. (7) ESPN2UCLA at Maui Invitational, TBA (14) ESPN/2/USan Diego State at No. 23 Arizona, 6:30 p.m. FSAZ+Colorado at Air Force, 7 p.m. The MtnOregon at Nebraska, 8 p.m. BTN