Cal Basketball Video: Why Can't the Bears Play Better Defense?

Cal set to play Wednesday against UCLA, which scored 98 points against the Bears last month

Cal has the sad distinction of being, statistically speaking, the worst defense in the country.

The Bears (5-18, 0-11 Pac-12) ranked last among 351 Division I teams in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to convert 50.6 percent. Nine of 11 Pac-12 foes have topped 50 percent against the Bears.

Cal does not have great size, so they are a poor rebounding team, prone to allowing second-chance points and lots of scoring in the paint. But in their most recent defeat, Saturday at Oregon State, the Bears gave up just nine second-chance points.

So the answer is not as simple as just one thing.

We asked coach Wyking Jones why the Bears aren't better defensively more two-thirds the way through their season. Check out his response in the video above.

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