12. California Golden Bears (5-16, 0-9 Pac-12) Last Week: 12
The California Golden Bears went off the deep end weeks ago. Now, coach Wyking Jones’ team is well-immersed in the depths of college basketball’s abyss.
Cal nearly escaped Haas Pavilion against Stanford on Saturday with its first Pac-12 win in hand. In the midst of a lost season, the win would’ve been a bright spot, the Golden Bears’ first since Dec. 21, as well as bragging rights over their rival.
Following two made free throws by sophomore guard Juhwan Harris-Dyson, Cal led by seven with just over six minutes to play. Momentum was on the Golden Bears side with their home crowd backing them.
Instead, Stanford eeked out a 84-81 win to keep Cal out of the win column since the turn of the calendar.
It’s no secret that Jones’ second season in Berkeley has been nothing short of a disaster. And though nine games remain on the schedule, the idea of his team finishing winless becomes less far fetched by the week.
The program only mustered two conference wins a season ago but is on track to surpass that if it fails to record a win over the final month. Two Pac-12 wins in a season is already a program-worst for the Golden Bears.
Should they lose the remaining nine games, a theoretical record of 5-25 would be the fewest wins in program history since the 1978-79 season. Cal will aim to pick up its first win in Oregon when it travels to face the Ducks and Beavers this week.