Last week we did a Q&A with the guys from Building the Dam to preview the game against the Beavers and not only did we get an idea of what Oregon St. had to offer on the floor, it worked for some pretty good mojo as the Bruins got a sweep in Oregon. Anyone who's been around here for any sort of time knows that we put a lot of stock in mojo so when the guys from California Golden Blogs asked if we wanted to do a Q&A this week, it was an easy answer yes. LeonPowe answered some questions for us about the Bears that shed some light on Monty's program up in Berkeley and what the Bruins will be facing on Thursday night.
1. Cal was one of the better teams in a horrific Pac-10 last year, but they lost some talent from that squad. It was always going to be somewhat of a growing season for the Bears, so how is the growing coming along?
2. Cal has a pretty decent RPI of 54, largely due to a very tough schedule. Do you think playing such a hard schedule was worth it to have the RPI?
He's crafty in the mid-post, is a dogged rebounder, has an unorthodox left hook and is a smart smart basketball player. But he's not overly athletic or quick - I think he can be guarded one-on-one by a more athletic shot blocker - double teams help the Bears since he's an excellent passer - both in hi-low sets and out of the post. He is, however, guardable, despite all of his advantages. I feel on a good team (say last year's) Kamp is the ideal 3-5th best guy - he is smart, grounded and plays to his strengths. I'm not sure how excellent he is as the most important player on the team . . . .so we think Alan Crabbe is going to grab that mantle pretty soon (if he hasn't already).
6. The Bears have one of the worst turnover margins in the conference. Has holding onto the ball or forcing turnovers been the bigger issue?