Other observations from yesterday:
- On his team's opening offensive possession, Cal guard Joe Berenato hit a long three from the left wing and then taunted the crowd by raising his arms in the air and waggling three fingers on either hand. His team proceeded to score only 6 points over the next 14 minutes of play. I didn't notice Berenato popping off during that stretch. The lesson here: after you make a shot, shut up and sprint back on defense or you risk looking foolish.
- One of my lasting memories of Bob Dukiet is him chewing out one of my teammates for raising his arms after hitting a three the previous year. Duke had caught the player violating this code of conduct when watching a tape from the previous season (the Tom Chapman era). If Duke was coaching Cal yesterday, Berenato would have been out the rest of the game. Then again, if Dukiet was coaching Cal, the Vulcans wouldn't haven't stood around on defense like they did yesterday.
- Kyle Goldcamp deserved the huge ovation he received when he entered the game yesterday. I had an interesting perspective on that moment because my family was sitting in front of several members of the Erie BayHawks basketball team. The Hawks players were baffled why the crowd erupted between Joe Lindsey's free throws, so I explained the situation to them.
- No surprise that Antwon Buggs was the last player off the bench for Cal yesterday. I say that because I imagine he's strugged with self-esteem his entire life. Think about it -- when he was a kid he must have heard other kids say "I don't like Buggs" and "I think Buggs are icky," and their parents warn them to "stay away from Buggs." I would have loved to have broadcast the game yesterday so I would have been able to say, "Buggs hops off the bench ..."
- The Knights dismantled the Vulcans despite committing 22 turnovers. If Goldcamp can stay healthy and GU can protect the basketball, this will be a season and a post-season to remember.