We'll get to the Huskies game a little later, but we better check in on the other games in the Pac-12 today. Because, well, the games that Cal, Colorado and Oregon are playing still matter.
So let's get to it ...
Easily the best game of the night, so obviously it's not the nationally televised game. Soon Larry Scott, soon.
It will be the last homestand for Cal's fabulous seniors - Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp.
Teammates the past four years under coach Mike Montgomery, Gutierrez and Kamp have been part of a Cal program that has won 84 games and one Pac-12 title, although Kamp started under Ben Braun in 2007-08 and redshirted due to injury in 2009-10.
"They're worth their weight in gold," Montgomery said. "They're the difference for us. Part of the reason we're where we are is because of them. They set the tempo. They're tough kids. They're both smart players. They're winners. Very, very valuable to our team."
With an emphasis on team, as neither player has gaudy individual statistics. Gutierrez is averaging 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game at off guard while Kamp on the front line has numbers of 10.3 and 5.0. That's not what tells the story.
Their value is not to be found in the final statistics but in their follow-me-boys approach to the game.
That can take many forms, be it Gutierrez with his competitive fire in going after an Arizona assistant coach (he was restrained by teammates) or Kamp and all the little things he does, like blocking out on the boards so teammate David Kravish could grab 18 rebounds against USC.
"When you see what these guys have done to get where they are, everybody on the team feels they're unselfish players," Montgomery said. "They don't care about statistics. I've had a lot of good players over the years. Our formula for winning has been pretty much the same wherever I've been. These two kids are comparable to all those guys from the standpoint of wanting to win."
- Here's a few links from Jeff Faurado's blog ... scouting report ... Mike Montgomery coached teams are 21-2 against the Ducks.
- The Ducks are looking for a little redemption against the Bears after getting "destroyed" in the first game. Here's a blog post from Lindsay Schnell talking about the idea of revenge for the Ducks. Part of the Ducks' resurgence has been aided by transfer Carlos Emory.
- Bruce Pascoe breaks down just why a trip into Pullman to play the Cougs is so difficult.
- Christian Caple has this story about Mike Ladd playing through the pain of a thumb injury. He also has this story on how the Cougs were adjusting to the loss of Faisal Aden in the first matchup.
The SF Chronicle writes about Bay Area product Jared Cunningham .... here's the game preview from the Oregonian. Kevin Hampton of the Gazette Times has this story on Daniel Gomis working his way back from a shin injury.