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Bowie to Try to Contain Randle

California guard Jerome Randle stands 5 feet 10, or roughly four inches shorter than Maryland guard Adrian Bowie. So when the two square off tomorrow, Bowie will hold an advantage he rarely has experienced this season. He'll actually be taller than the man he is assigned to guard.

"He’s a great player, so I’ve just got to keep a hand up, cause he’s shorter than me," Bowie said. "He’s a lot shorter than me so I’ve got to stick my hand up and stay in front of him."

If only it were that simple. Randle, in addition to being one of the most accurate three-point shooters in the country, is lightning quick. Part of his development this season, Cal Coach Mike Montgomery said, has been his willingness to involve others in the flow of the offense. He creates those opportunities for his teammates by jetting to the basket and drawing the attention of several defenders.

"It’s harder, because he might be a little bit faster than me," Bowie said. "So you know, he can get around me a little better. It’ll be a different challenge, but at the same time I think I can guard him."

Randle leads the Golden Bears in scoring (18.4 points per game) and is shooting 46.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc, making him Cal's most dynamic offensive threat. His counterpart in that regard on Maryland's squad would have to be Greivis Vasquez.

Montgomery was asked yesterday how he would feel about a late-game scenario in which Randle and Vasquez tried to take over for their respective teams.

"I think it would be dangerous if we got in a situation like that," Montgomery said. "They're a little bit different players. I think Vasquez is a better passer. He's 6-6. He can see over people and pass over people. He can finish at the basket easier than Jerome can. Jerome has to do what he can do. Certainly late in games, Jerome has won a lot of games for us from shooting it from deep. But they're really totally different types of players, and I don't -- I wouldn't want to come -- I wouldn't want it to come to that. We've got other people need to be involved, and Jerome has to keep them involved."

By Steve Yanda  |  March 19, 2009; 7:24 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Maybe we can introduce Randle to one of Dave Neal's famous picks and not have to worry about him the rest of the game.

While I understand the concern with Randle, I think Cal should be more concerned with our guards. They have to play zone because our gaurds - Vasquez (6'6), Hayes (6'4), Mosley (6'4) and Tucker (6'6) - can post him up all day.

Posted by: fushezzi | March 19, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Here comes that 3-2 zone!!!! This one wont be close!!!! Either they hit the threes or the Terps will flex their way to the Memphis game.

Posted by: RawD | March 19, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I got to see Randle on TV a couple of times, and he's very impressive. Mostly because he's got that inside-outside game -- if you sag off, he's very accurate from three point land, and if you move in, he jets right by you.

The NBA prospect on Cal is probably Pat Christopher, your classic six-five slasher who will no doubt fall to Milbourne or Mosely. Very physical, very athletic, but so are the Terps defenders.

The thing about Montgomery is that his teams usually don't beat themselves.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 19, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

On the other hand, Cal lost three of its last five, and by moderately large margins. Arizona State embarrassed them.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 19, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

T. Douglas, T. Lawson, T. Rice, J. McClinton, and J Teague... This isn't anything new for the Terps.

Posted by: ChadisRad | March 19, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Cal lost twice to a 14-17 Oregon St. team! When they lose they score under 70 a game. Let's go MD!

Posted by: Realness1 | March 19, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

This seems eminently doable. Bowie will doubtless be playing Randle close on the outside and looking for help if Randle gets by him. We have a number of players who are qualified to provide such help. We will have various advantages on the offensive end. I'm sure Gary has devised a plan. We just need to execute it.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 19, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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