This is especially tough to watch being a Cal grad but it's easy to see why the Bears could be home for the summer by this time next week if they lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Being behind their bench, you could hear frustrated players arguing, including Harper Kamp, who picked up three early fouls and challenged his teammates to be aggressive. Jorge Gutierrez, the sparkplug guard, was angry late in the first half after not getting help seizing a loose ball.
The Bears are a mess and, as this blog expected, USC is playing like a team that should have competed for the Pac-10 title.
The halftime numbers are mind-boggling. USC is outrebounding Cal 32-13. Yes, 32-13. With DeMar DeRozan and Taj Gibson combined for 17. The trio of Theo Robertson, Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher is a combined 4-for-18 for 11 points. Christopher mysteriously was named to the All Pac-10 first team earlier this week but he hasn't played like an all-conference performer since a triple-overtime win at Washington.