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."
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