Cal Cuts Down No. 21 Temple

Cal Cuts Down No. 21 Temple

Nov. 25, 2010CAL PAGE PAC-10 SCOREBOARDBOX SCORE

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- So much for rebuilding.

Harper Kamp scored 13 points, Allen Crabbe had 12 and a young California team beat No. 21 Temple 57-50 on Thursday night in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic for a huge early season spark.

"Since day one, we just told people that we're going to surprise a lot of people," said Cal center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, who had eight points. "Everybody thought that we didn't have that much firepower coming back because we lost a lot of our good players last year. I think this win opened a lot of eyes to people around the world."

The Golden Bears (3-0) were propelled by a 16-1 run late in the second half to help the defending Pac-10 champions hand the Owls (2-1) their first loss of the season. Crabbe ripped the ball away from Rhalir Jefferson with about 30 seconds remaining, and he hit two free throws to give Cal a six-point lead and seal the victory.

Lavoy Allen had 13 points, and Jefferson scored 10 for a Temple team whose non-conference schedule is only getting tougher. Cal will play Notre Dame on Friday. Temple will face Georgia in the loser's bracket of the tournament.

The Owls had cruised through their first two games, but their schedule isn't getting any easier. No. 1 Duke, No. 7 Villanova, No. 16 Georgetown and Maryland are all upcoming for the Owls.

Not exactly the start they were hoping for on this tough stretch.

"We had some pretty open shots that we missed," Allen said. "The offense started getting stagnant a little bit. We did a bad job on defense. We gave them a couple open 3's and they hit them. It killed us. We did a bad job of maintaining the lead and a bad job of finishing off the game."

The opener was a relatively tight game most of the way.

Cal sprinted out to a seven-point lead in the first few minutes, but that quickly fizzled. Khalif Wyatt had consecutive baskets to end the first half, giving Temple a 25-23 lead at the break.

The Owls went ahead 45-38 with less than eight minutes remaining on back-to-back layups by Jefferson. That would match the biggest lead either team would hold.

The Golden Bears responded by going on a 16-1 run, including 12 straight, with strong defense and streaky shooting on a night they were otherwise cold. Temple did not make a field goal for almost six minutes during that stretch.

"They defended us well those last seven minutes and they made the shots that they needed to make," Owls coach Fran Dunphy.

It was a huge win for a Cal program that was supposed to be in almost complete rebuilding mode this season.

Five seniors from last season's conference title team are gone, including Pac-10 player of the year and leading scorer Jerome Randle, second-leading scorer Patrick Christopher and top 3-point shooter Theo Robertson. All of them played key roles in the school's first conference title in 50 years.

That leaves a young, inexperienced roster featuring six freshmen for a team that earned back-to-back NCAA tournament berths in coach Mike Montgomery's first two seasons.

Their toughest test yet was certainly a success.

"I don't know what a rebuilding year is," Montgomery said. "All I know is we start two freshman and come off the bench with a whole lot more, and I've never done that before."

Chip Kelly returns to college football -- as studio analyst

Chip Kelly returns to college football -- as studio analyst

Chip Kelly is back in college football.

The former Oregon coach, who served as 49ers head coach last season, signed a multiyear deal as an ESPN analyst, the network announced Friday morning. He will work predominantly on pre-games, halftimes and in studio wraps each Saturday on ESPN2.

“Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective – as a coach,” Kelly said in a statement. “Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously, I‘ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations.

“Once I decided to make the move to TV, my familiarity with ESPN, combined with their high-quality production and vital role in college football, it was easily the best network suited for me.”

Kelly, 53, was fired on the evening of the 49ers’ season finale. The 49ers went 2-14 under Kelly and set the franchise record with 13 consecutive losses. Their only victories came against the Los Angeles Rams. Kelly also auditioned with FOX for the analyst job vacated when John Lynch became 49ers general manager, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Kelly served as Oregon’s head coach from 2009 to ’12. His teams compiled a record of 46-7. Under Kelly, the Ducks advanced to the 2011 national championship game, losing to Auburn 22-19.

Kelly won the AP College Football Coach of the Year. He twice won the Pac-10 coach of the year. He left Oregon to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. After his first two NFL teams went 10-6, Kelly was fired in 2015 with one game remaining in the season. The Eagles were 6-9 at the time of Kelly's firing.

“Chip is one of the most innovative football minds of our generation,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said. “As a coach, he saw the game from a unique perspective, never afraid to take an unconventional approach. We want him to bring that mentality to our college football coverage each week, offering fans a varying viewpoint outside of the conventional thought process.”

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

The Trilogy has arrived.

The Warriors. The Cavaliers. Facing each other in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive postseason. The series begins June 1 with Game 1 at Oracle Arena.

With a 135-102 victory over the Celtics Thursday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavs advance to face a Warriors team riding the wave created by being the first club in NBA history to start the postseason with 12 straight wins.

With the teams splitting the first two Finals, the Warriors winning in 2015 and the Cavs prevailing last June, this one is to break the tie.

In the meantime, both teams have done some significant retooling.

The Warriors last summer added four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, along with veterans JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West.

Though LeBron James remains the hub of the Cavs, the team made several in-season changes, most notably adding veterans Kyle Korver and Deron Williams.

The Warriors came into the playoffs having earned the No. 1 overall seed by virtue of their NBA-best 67-15 record. They’re 27-1 since March 11, having ended the regular season by winning 15 of their last 16 games before taking out Portland, Utah and San Antonio in four games each to reach The Finals.

The Cavaliers (51-31) held the top seed in the East for most of the season before staggering over the final six weeks, going 9-12 over their final 21 games, including four consecutive losses to end the season.

Cleveland seems to have recovered from its late-season slump, sweeping Indiana and Toronto in the first two rounds before ousting the Celtics in five.

The Warriors and Cavs split two games in the regular season, each team winning on its home floor. Cleveland took a 109-108 decision on Christmas Day, while the Warriors came back for a 126-91 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland.

The NBA Finals schedule can be seen below. 

Game 1 – Thu  June  1  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 2 – Sun  June  4  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM  

Game 3 – Wed  June  7  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 4 – Fri  June  9  Golden State at Cleveland             6:00PM  

Game 5 * Mon  June 12  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 6 * Thu  June 15  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 7 * Sun  June 18  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM