Stepping up to face some top flight competition provided an early season lesson for the Bears as they dropped a tough overtime game to the Georgia Bulldogs. Cal had every chance to win yet let it slip away under the intense defensive pressure of an athletic but vertically challenged Bulldogs team. This is a game the team will look back on painfully come March.

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A Troubling Hoops Loss to Georgia

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<p class="txt">Stepping up to face some top flight competition provided an early season lesson for the Bears as they dropped a tough overtime game to the Georgia Bulldogs. Cal had every chance to win yet let it slip away under the intense defensive pressure of an athletic but vertically challenged Bulldogs team. This is a game the team will look back on painfully come March.</p>

If the contest proved anything it's that Ben Braun is going to earn his pay this year. His Bears team looks more like a utility tool belt than a basketball squad. He clearly has individual pieces, exemplified by the perimeter shooting display put on by Amit Tamir. The challenge is which pieces to use when and in what combination. Does he let AJ Diggs run his team in order to set the proper...

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