Team preview: California
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
As he welcomed four talented freshmen into the fold last season, Cal coach Ben Braun knew his eighth year in Berkeley might have some rough patches.
And though his precocious charges --all of whom saw considerable playing time and three of whom ended up starting by season's end -- played well at times, they also proved wildly inconsistent, beating NCAA Tournament teams Washington and Arizona, while also getting swept by Washington State.
"We really did struggle early," Braun said. "I thought we turned it around the second half of the Pac-10 schedule and settled down. You know I've always enjoyed coaching young players. For everything they do that gives you those gray hairs, you know they will get better. I felt that. By the end of the year, we were better."
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
MORE MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL HEADLINES
- Selection committee to monitor Embiid injury
- Mount St. Mary's (16-16) clinches NCAA bid
- Zags hold off BYU comeback, win WCC title
- Milwaukee wins Horizon title to reach tourney