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Montgomery Sees Similarities With Terps

Cal Coach Mike Montgomery just spent a few minutes on a conference call with a group of reporters and he shared a few thoughts on the upcoming matchup against the Terps. Montgomery said Cal and Maryland share a few similarities, which could make for an interesting contest Thursday afternoon.

"They're athletic; it's not like they're physical," Montgomery said. "They don't really have a low post game. They're similar to us some ways in that they don't have much of a low post presence. They don't go down back to basket much ... They're not big, physical. Like I said, they're a little bit more like us in that they've gone with a small lineup and all of them have been pretty capable."

Montgomery pointed to Greivis Vasquez -- whom Montgomery characterized as a "wild card" -- and Dave Neal as players who have enabled the Terps to have the success they've had, given their makeup.

Like Maryland, California offers a guard-oriented lineup. Point guard Jerome Randle and shooting guard Patrick Christopher both were named to this season's All-Pac 10 first team. The Bears also use 6-foot-6 forward Theo Robertson primarily as a wing player.

Later on in the call, Montgomery was asked whether it was good or bad to be facing an opponent with such similarities.

"Well that depends," he said. "I don't know that it's a good or a bad thing; it's just what it is. They'd probably like to have a 6-foot-10, 260-lb. center if they had a choice with a back-to-basket, but they don't. They've gone this way, and the fact that (Dave) Neal shoots it so well indicates you've got a pick-and-pop guy. That's a nice luxury to have."

I'll post more of Montgomery's thoughts on his team in an extended scouting report on Cal tomorrow.

By Steve Yanda  |  March 16, 2009; 3:39 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

C'mon Barno, it's about time for another one or 2 of your copy/paste, pointless posts.

C'mon sport. Hope your panties aren't in too much of a bunch today.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 16, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

It's not like their physical? Didn't he see the Duke game at Comcast? Ask Smith from Duke whether Dave Neal is physical enough. Ask Wake Forest if Maryland is physical enough.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | March 16, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Great point ecglotfelty. A poor choice of words by Montgomery that Gary will surely use as bulletin board material this week...

Posted by: Barno1 | March 16, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Montgomery's "Thompson Twins" found out how physical Gary's guys could be in the 2001 regional final. ;-)

Posted by: JamWhitt | March 17, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Whoops, I meant Collins Twins. Guess I've been so happy the last 24 hours that the tourney bid was like music to my ears. :-)

Posted by: JamWhitt | March 17, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

One of the greatest moments in Terps history. Our first final four appearance. The scene on Rt. 1 in CP was amazing...traffic stopped for miles, fans mobbing cars that attempted to drive by Bentleys. Awesome.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 17, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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