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Cal gets healthier as freshman Jabari Bird returns to practice

Grant Gibbs, Jabari Bird

Creighton’s Grant Gibbs, right, and California’s Jabari Bird struggle for a loose ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)


We are two weeks into the Pac-12 schedule, and Cal has already situated themselves in a great position to make a run at Arizona and the top spot in the conference.

The Bears are currently sitting at 3-0 in league play, the only team other than the Wildcats that is currently undefeated. They won all three of those games on the road as well, meaning that nine of the last 15 games they’ll play in conference will come at Haas Pavilion.

But the best news?

They won those three games despite being without Jabari Bird and Ricky Kreklow.

Bird is a talented, 6-foot-6 freshman that was averaging 11.3 points before spraining his ankle three weeks ago. He missed the last four games, but he returned to practice Monday and will be back in the lineup on Wednesday against Washington.