Tuesday, March 23, 2010

DAY 4: Cal Practices in Full Pads for First Time this Spring

Cal Practices in Full Pads for First Time this SpringAction heats up on warm afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

Head coach Jeff Tedford took the Bears through their first practice in full pads this spring on Thursday.
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March 19, 2010
BERKELEY - Cal conducted its first practice of the spring in full pads Thursday as action heated up with hard hits and spirited play during a workout on a gorgeous warm afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
"We had some good hits out there today," said head coach Jeff Tedford when speaking to media members after the workout. "We cut them loose a little bit and guys were flying around."
The practice included a couple of extended full team sessions with two long scoring drives highlighting the latter.

The Golden Bears will be out of action during spring break before returning for the fifth of 15 spring practices on Tuesday, Mar. 30. Cal will open its final season with the current configuration of Memorial Stadium in 2010 on Saturday, Sept. 4 vs. UC Davis. Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington will also visit Memorial Stadium this season to complete the Bears' seven-game home schedule.

Ryan GorceyBearTerritory.net PublisherBERKELEY-Thursday was the first time this spring that the Cal football team strapped on the pads and got to go full-speed ahead at one another, and when you're talking hard hits, you have to talk defense.That's just what BearTerritory did yesterday evening in a conversation with the Bears' new defensive coordinator, Clancy Pendergast, who has wasted no time getting elbow-deep with the Cal defenders

"You can put them on the field and they're not making little mistakes-wrong formations, wrong huddle calls, not sending guys in motion, sending guys in motion that they're not supposed to-all those things, it's slowed down for them a little bit," Tedford said. "There's a lot to comprehend at that position, and so now that they have a better grasp on it, they're able to do the little things. They're not panicking. I think that's the thing. Their eyes don't come down. When they take off, their eyes are still downfield. When you're young and the rush comes at you, you're eyes are down looking to run. Now, their eyes are downfield looking to make a play. That's a big sign of experience and them being comfortable."

Bell Earns All-District Second Team HonorsCourtesy: Pepperdine Sports Information
Release: 03/17/2010

2010 NABC All-District Release

MALIBU, Calif. - Sophomore guard Keion Bell of the Pepperdine men's basketball team has been named to the All-District 9 second team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the organization announced earlier this week.
In 31 games, Bell (Los Angeles, Calif./Pasadena HS) led Pepperdine with averages of 18.5 points, 3.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 31.5 minutes and was second on the team with 5.1 rebounds. He ranks second in the West Coast Conference in scoring, seventh in steals, eighth in assists and 15th in rebounding.

Bell, who was also named All-WCC honorable mention, scored in double-figures in 26 of 31 games, scored 20 or more points 15 times and topped the 30-point mark twice.
The NABC All-District 9 first team consisted of Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga), Elias Harris (Gonzaga), Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara), Dior Lowhorn (San Francisco) and Omar Samhan (Saint Mary's). In addition to Bell, the second team included T.J. Campbell (Portland), Mickey McConnell (Saint Mary's), T.J. Robinson (Long Beach State) and Robin Smeulders (Portland). District 9 is made up of the West Coast Conference and the Big West Conference.
PLAYER OF THE WEEKLorne Jackson was named WCC co-Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in victories over Santa Clara and San Francisco. Mychel Thompson shared the award the previous week, giving Pepperdine two WCC Player of the Week honors in the same season for the first time since 2004-05.

Men's Basketball Advances To Sweet 16 With 75-68 Win Over No. 2 VillanovaCourtesy: Associated Press
Release: 03/20/2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -Omar Samhan was an unstoppable Gael force.
His career isn't over yet - and neither is Saint Mary's NCAA tournament run as the Gaels are improbably headed to the round of 16.
Samhan played the game of his career on basketball's biggest stage, finishing with 32 points and seven rebounds to lead 10th-seeded Saint Mary's past Villanova 75-68 on Saturday and on to Houston for the South Regional's Sweet 16.

Gonzaga Stumbles Against Syracuse, 87-65
The Orange move on to play Butler on March 25.

Elias Harris led Gonzaga with 24 points.Men's Basketball Home

March 21, 2010
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Wes Johnson scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 14 rebounds and Andy Rautins added 24 points as Syracuse hit a dozen 3-pointers to stun Gonzaga 87-65 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Syracuse's storybook season - the Orange were unranked before the season and made it to No. 1 for the final week before losing to Georgetown in the Big East tournament - continues on Thursday. The Orange (30-4), the top seed in the West Regional, will play fifth-seeded Butler (30-4) in Salt Lake City.
Gonzaga (27-7) was trying to become the second team from the West Coast Conference to shock the Big East - WCC tournament champ St. Mary's stunned second-seeded Villanova on Saturday - but they were no match for the Orange.