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March 11, 2010 at 2:49 PM

California-Oregon game thread

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Photo credit: Getty Images – Stephen Dunn
SCHEDULE REMINDER — Don’t forget, we’re having a Live Chat that will start in a few minutes.
POST-GAME ANALYSIS — Great tournament start for Cal. Four starters scored in double figures, including Randle (22 points), Christopher (21), Boykin (15) and Amoke (12).
In his final Oregon game, Porter finished with 26 points on 8-for-22 shooting. I won the bet. Just barely. And if it’s the final game for Kent, then he went down fighting until the last second.
IT’S OVER — Cal wins 90-74.
OREGON STILL FIGHTING — The Ducks refuse to believe the game is over. They’re still playing hard, contesting shots and shooting early in the shot clock. Kent is patrolling the sidelines and continues to bark orders. Cal 82-60 at 5:16.
GARBAGE TIME — This is the type of game that Cal needed to start the tournament. The Bears got a blowout and all of their starters are on the bench with more than seven minutes left. Cal 80-55 at 6:47.
OREGON TIMEOUT — It’s a 20-point Cal lead and the Bears are cruising. Cal 73-53 at 9:48.
RESTING PLAYERS — If Montgomery is serious about winning the tournament, he should think about sitting some of his key guys during the final minutes. Cal 71-53 at 10:25.
PORTER OVER-UNDER — We have a friendly wager on press row on if Porter will take 23 shots. I took the under He’s at 16 with 11:45 to go. I’m not feeling good right now. Cal looks like a veteran team and Oregon looks like a team that played last night. Cal 66-53 at 11:45.
FINALLY A MISS — Randle missed a shot. Wow. Cal 60-46.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a first-half display like the one Randle has given. He’s perfect on eight shots, including four three-pointers and two free throws for a game-high 22 points. When Randle is shooting like this, Cal is unbeatable.
Defensively, the Bears are doing just enough to disrupt Oregon.Porter (10 points) and Longmire (8) are working hard on the offensive end, but Oregon isn’t receiving much from anyone else. Cal’s 7-footer Max Zhang has played surprisingly well after a shaky start and he’s shutdown guys like Michael Dunigan and Jeremy Jacob.
Not sure what’s going on with Malcolm Armstead. He’s being defended by Randle and yet he’s taken just two shots for two points. Oregon has received five points from three starters (Jacob, Singler and Armstead). The same goes for Cal. Three Bears (Jamal Boykin, Omondi Amoke and Theo Robertson) have combined for five points.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — Cal 47-34.
RANDLE MAKING HIS CASE — Anyone who didn’t think Randle deserved the POY award needs to watch this first half. He’s got 20 points on 7-for-7 shooting. It’s incredible. Really. Every time he touches the ball, the crowd starts to cheer. Cal 41-31 at 5:32.
CHANT OF THE DAY — The Oregon band cheered: “Hip, Hip, Jorge. Hip, Hip, Jorge,” when Gutierrez was at the line. Cal 32-24 at 8:26.
GUTIERREZ CHECKS IN — Cal defensive ace Jorge Gutierrez, who sprained his ankle last Saturday, is coming into the game.
DUCKS FLYING — Just when it looked as if Oregon wasn’t going to show up, Porter drains a three-pointer and LeKendric Longmire makes a nice, acrobatic layup. Longmire, a 6-5 junior guard, looks as he has a lot of potential. He makes explosive, athletic plays at times. Cal 23-17 at 11:19.
BLOWOUT — Just spotted UCLA’s Malcolm Lee watching the game from the tunnels. He’s shaking his head and before turning and walking away. It looks as if the Bruins already know who they will play tomorrow. The Bears are doing whatever they want offensively. Cal 22-12 at 12:26.
ODD CROSS-MATCH — Cal has Patrick Christopher on Tajuan Porter on the defensive end. Christopher is 6-5, Porter 5-7.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR SHOWS UP — Jerome Randle is putting on an early show at Staples. He drained a three-pointer from way out and followed that by making a steal and scoring fancy layup. Cal 9-4 at 17:21.

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