Slap Hitter: Cal beats the Best and the Worst now comes the hard part

Cal can’t beat the teams in the middle. Tonight, the Golden men are up in Oregon stomping on the baby Ducks, losers of um, every Pac-10 game they’ve played this season. The Blue and Gold has also swept the season series against the Washington Huskies, leaders of the league. So, why are they in third place? Answer that and then figure out why when you click onto the Cal website on Espn, you get a picture of a taunting baller from UCLA?

With tonight’s win (it’s not over yet, but come on) the Bears will have their 20th victory of the season, a golden ticket to March madness. But it wouldn’t hurt for the Berkeley boys to take two more wins with them. But based on the way they’ve slumped against the mid-Pac, those games may not be gimmes.

First Cal takes on the Obama dusted Oregon State Beavers, with brother-in-law Craig Robinson having a fine season (and owning a win over Cal). Then it’s the L.A. schools, both of whom beat the Bears in January, both located just south of the home team in the standings.

The NCAA doesn’t take too kindly to teams backsliding into the tourney, so it would behoove the Bears to at least beat one of the Arizona schools; an easier said than done task, considering the Sun Devils are in second place and rising, the Wildcats drank some sort of special Cactus Cooler of late and haven’t been headed since Inauguration Day.

In brief, enjoy tonight’s win against the winless and get ready to be better than mediocre against the middle of the pack. Coach Montgomery’s boys better hold off on airplane reservations yet. The easy part of the season for Cal, playing the highs and lows has come to an end.— Kibby Kleiman


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