Monday, November 21, 2011
Georgia vs. Cal tonight at 10 on ESPN2
Tonight, Mark Fox's crew continues their season in Kansas City, with their first real team test of the young season. They've gone 3-0 against store brands, but not without showing significant flaws, and now have to face a name brand program. They've had some days to put in work, so we'll see what kind of adjustments we've made tonight, be it more Nemanja Djurisic, who's proven our lone reliable post scorer. Will we just try to grind out another defensive effort keeping the score in the 60s? You'll have to tune in tonight to find out. But before that, I'll take a quick peek at Cal.
The Golden Hippies are also 3-0, having beaten UC-Irvine, George Washington, and Austin Peay, all at home. They've got a solid coach in Mike Montgomery, who built a solid program at Stanford before cashing in with the NBA's Golden State Warriors, realizing he'd made a huge mistake, and returning to the college game. Rosterwise, unfortunately we won't see much of the great named Bak Bak, a junior F who gets limited minutes. Of the guys we will see, 6'8 sr Harper Kramp is a key since he's their best big man, and we've shown huge problems inside. 6'9 fr David Karvish and 6'10 so Richard Solomon split the remaining 40 minutes alongside Kramp inside, and are averaging a solid 13.6 boards between them with light scoring.
Like us though, their best players are on the outside. They rotate a handful of Gs, but the primary weapons are 6'3 sr Jorge Gutierrez and 6'6 so Allen Crabbe. Gutierrez will probably spend most of the game matched up on Gerald Robinson, Jr. Crabbe is their leading scorer and lone threat on the deep ball. Expect him to spend a lot of time 1 on 1 with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Overall, it'll be an interesting matchup for us, as they mirror our roster but better. The key will be who wins those 1 on 1 battles between their best and our best at SG and SF. We've got the ability to pull an upset over a top 25 team. But can we step up and get it done?