SAN FRANCISCO -- Once again, former California basketball player and coach Jon Wheeler joins the Bear Republic Podcast to talk some hoops, including the Bears' loss to Colorado and the upcoming regular-season finale against rival Stanford coming up this Sunday.
Wheeler helps us break down the keys to the game against the Cardinal and looks ahead to the Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles, and we predict the final score of the Stanford game, so stay tuned all the way through the end of our first segment.
How much did Jorge Gutierrez's night against the Buffaloes hurt his Pac-12 Player of the Year campaign? Wheeler gives his thoughts on that topic, as well.
We don't shy away from controversy, as we talk about the implications of the scandal surrounding coach Ben Howland and the UCLA basketball program, broken by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist George Dohrmann for Sports Illustrated.
For more on the reaction in Westwood, be sure to head over to our sister site on the Rivals.com network -- BruinBlitz.com -- for more extensive coverage HERE.
We also address the fallout both on the court and on the recruiting from the Bruins' troubles, how it affects Cal's approach to bringing new hoopsters in to Haas Pavilion and its effects on the Bears regular-season conference title hopes, with first-place Washington traveling to Los Angeles this weekend to face both USC and UCLA.
The men aren't the only ones hitting the floor against the Cardinal this week, as Lindsay Gottlieb's women host Stanford in the Battle of the Bay this Sunday evening in Berkeley. We also break down that match-up and the state of the women's hoops program moving forward.
We then turn our sights to the future on the gridiron, looking at the Cal Elite Juniors Day and the primary positions of need for the Bears for the 2013 recruiting cycle in our premium segment. We also take an in-depth look at the upcoming spring football practice, including the biggest problems facing Cal, who's on the spot and who's on the verge of emerging as a star in the making.
Our very own Jon Doss has taken a tour of the new Student Athlete High Performance Center, and he gives us a first-hand account of the new building, also in our premium second segment.