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Bradley Wins Pac-12 Player of the Week

January 13, 2020
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SAN FRANCISCO – Men's basketball sophomore guard Matt Bradley led the way in Cal's weekend sweep over the Washington programs to earn this week's Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, the league office announced Monday.
 
Bradley was instrumental in clinching Cal's wins in both games with his final shots of the game, helping the Golden Bears sweep Washington and Washington State at home for the second consecutive season.


 
Starting with the Cougars on Thursday, the San Bernardino, Calif. product set a new career-high by pouring in 26 points on 10-14 shooting and logged his second career double-double with 10 rebounds. Cal gave up a 10-point lead late, making it a 3-point game, 69-66, with 55 seconds left in the second half. With 28 seconds remaining, Bradley connected on a 3-point jumper to push the Golden Bear lead to 72-66 and seal the victory.
 
He added another double-figure outing and a gamewinner against the Huskies. With the game locked up, 58-58, in overtime, Bradley sent up another signature 3-point jumper with 7 seconds left on the clock, propelling the Bears to a 61-58 triumph. He finished with 17 points, including 5 of Cal's 12 points in OT.
 
For the weekend, Bradley averaged 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
 
Bradley is Cal's first Pac-12 Player of the Week since Ivan Rabb earned the honor on Jan. 9, 2017.

 

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Bradley Wins Pac-12 Player of the Week

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BeachedBear
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"Bradley is Cal's first Pac-12 Player of the Week since Ivan Rabb earned the honor on Jan. 9, 2017."

Three Years!!! Wow.
bearister
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If Matt plays for 4 years, there are some interesting possibilities:

1. His career scoring average to date is 13.1 pts; this season his avg to date is 17.7 pts;

2. Jerome Randle has the Cal All Time Scoring Record with a 13.9 pts avg over 4 years;

3. UCLA's Don MacLean has the league All Time Scoring Record with a 20.5 pts avg over 4 years; and

4. Santa Clara's Kevin Foster has the SF Bay Area Div. 1 All Time Scoring Record with a 18.2 scoring avg over 4 years.

Matt Bradley is an elite college player with a very good 3 point shot and a very powerful drive and finish to the hoop. He has to be in the conversation with regard to knocking on the door of a couple of these records.

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calbear80
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Bradley Wins Pac-12 Player of the Week Award.

Bank on it!

Go Bears!
calumnus
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calbear80 said:

Bradley Wins Pac-12 Player of the Week Award.

Bank on it!

Go Bears!


He already did.

Congrats Matt! Go Bears!
HoopDreams
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has anyone you remember ever hit game winning 3s in back to back games?

I remember one year when 3 different players did it in a season (Tyrone and Singer were two of them. I don't remember the third)
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bearister said:

If Matt plays for 4 years, there are some interesting possibilities:

1. His career scoring average to date is 13.1 pts; this season his avg to date is 17.7 pts;

2. Jerome Randle has the Cal All Time Scoring Record with a 13.9 pts avg over 4 years;

3. UCLA's Don MacLean has the league All Time Scoring Record with a 20.5 pts avg over 4 years; and

4. Santa Clara's Kevin Foster has the SF Bay Area Div. 1 All Time Scoring Record with a 18.2 scoring avg over 4 years.

Matt Bradley is an elite college player with a very good 3 point shot and a very powerful drive and finish to the hoop. He has to be in the conversation with regard to knocking on the door of a couple of these records.


I agree that Bradley has a good shot at setting all time scoring records at Cal.

When we talk about career scoring records, it should be mentioned that these records are for total points, not for career average. It does not account for the fact that players of old did not play as many games on average per season as today's players. And it does not account for the fact that many players of old played during the years when freshmen were not allowed to play on the varsity, and thus could have a maximum of 3 years, virtually putting them out of the running for all time career scoring records. Don McLean, for example, played 4 years and averaged 20.5 points. But Kareem Abdul Jabbar was allowed to play varsity for only 3 years, and averaged 26.4 points per game. So who was the best scorer in the conference?

Similarly, at Cal, our all-time leader in points was Randle, averaging 13.9 points. Bob McKeen also played 4 years, and averaged 15.5 points, but played fewer games than Randle. Here are some players we had who played 4 years but played fewer games than Randle:

Leonard Taylor, 15.5 points
Brian Hendrick, 14.7 points
Ricky Hawthorne, 14.4
Sean Lampley, 14.4
Kevin Johnson, 14.0

Here are some Cal players who were only allowed to play 3 years:

Russ Critchfield, 19.4 points
Jackie Ridgle, 17.9
Ansley Truitt, 17.3
John Coughran, 15.8
Larry Friend, 14.9
Charles Johnson, 13.9

For the Bay Area, Kevin Foster was a 4-year player, averaging 18.2 points, but Santa Clara also had Dennis Awtrey, who was allowed to play only 3 years and averaged 19.9 points. At Stanford, their leading scorer is Chason Randle at 16.5 points, but players who played less games and averaged better were Todd Lichti, 18.8 points, and Adam Keefe, 18.6 points. They also had players allowed to play 3 years only, Claude Terry, at 20.6, and Tom Dose at 19.2. At USF, the leading scorer is Bill Cartwright, averaging 19.1 points, but Bill Russell, who was allowed only 3 years to play, averaged 20.7 points. At St Marys, the leading scorer is Matthew Dellavadova, at 14.2 points, but Steve Gray, who was allowed only 3 years of varsity ball, averaged 18.5.

I think Bradley has a chance to break both Cal's all time record for points and for average, and a couple of the other records are well within reach, especially if he can develop a few more shots for his arsenal.
bearister
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To your point, SFCB:

Pete Maravich "is the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored and an average of 44.2 points per game. All of his accomplishments were achieved before the adoption of the three point line and shot clock, and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then-NCAA rules." Wikipedia*

* I read somewhere that a not insignificant amount of his made shots were from beyond today's 3 point arc, which probably would have given him a lock on the record if the 3 point basket was in play for him.


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SFCityBear
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bearister said:

To your point, SFCB:

Pete Maravich "is the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored and an average of 44.2 points per game. All of his accomplishments were achieved before the adoption of the three point line and shot clock, and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then-NCAA rules." Wikipedia*

* I read somewhere that a not insignificant amount of his made shots were from beyond today's 3 point arc, which probably would have given him a lock on the record if the 3 point basket was in play for him.





Thanks Bearister. What ever happened to all the types of hook shots? You can't defend against them. On the other hand, Newell had a chance to sign the Pistol for the Lakers, but he wouldn't pull the trigger. He said he didn't think he could win with him. Maravich sure was a show, all right.
bearister
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Here is Pistol dropping 68 pts on the Knicks, primarily being guarded by one of the top defenders of he era, Walt "Clyde" Frazier. Maravich pretty much put on a client, soup to nuts, of every shot in the basketball catalogue.



*I believe Walt asked Earl "The Pearl" Monroe for some help defending Maravich, to which Monroe responded, "You're the one that is All League Defense, you figure it out."

Sad, but riveting tale:

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