This is a special edition of a preview, because this time, I will let some more qualified folks do a lot of the previewing for the game against the California Golden Bears. My colleagues have hooked me up with some Cal basketball experts, allowing me to ask five questions about their team.
Throughout this session I'll chip in with statistics and what not to further your understanding of our opponents. My questions, their answers, and much more after the jump. And of course, all the thanks to the California Golden Blogs as a whole, NorCalNick and LeonPowe for answering my questions.
For our answers to CGB's questions, go here.
Me: Congrats on being atop the Pac 12 standings so far. But there are some head-scratching losses on that record against Oregon State and Washington State, both teams below .500 in Pac 12 play so far. Where did Cal falter in those games?
2. Harper Kamp had a monster year last year, averaging close to 14 and 6 in last year's campaign. But this year his points have tailed off quite a bit (around 9.6 ppg this year). Some say it's because of the reduced minutes in order to preserve his knee (he had knee issues), but is that a good minutes-production tradeoff? Do you think his minutes will start increasing as the season wears on?
3. Coach Montgomery, back in his days in Stanford, was always known for that big physical presence inside who can get easy baskets underneath. But Cal's last NCAA tournament team had a bunch of guys who can shoot the 3 (Randle, Christopher, Robertson etc) without a good post. What's the offense like for this year's Cal squad?
4. Describe Cal's second unit. I know the starting 5 is a great core to start a good team, but the only legit bench players are Brandon Smith and Richard Solomon. Other than that, everyone is an unknown outside of Cal circles. What are those unknowns like as players?
5. Give me an X factor for Cal coming into this game.