The Cal basketball team is now whole again and can look ahead — to a Dec. 22 road test against top-ranked Kansas and beyond.

"Right now, we've got to work on ourselves, get our chemistry down," said senior Theo Robertson, who made his return from a foot injury in last Wednesday's win at Pacific and had no ill effects.

"I'm sure we'll be real excited (for Kansas). The main thing is to continue to improve. The Pac-10 is right around the corner."

The Golden Bears (6-3) are off this week for final exams, but Robertson is excited he won't have to spend hours in the training room. He missed six games with an injury to his right foot he still doesn't quite understand, and Cal was just 3-3 without him.

He emerged from a 22-minute stint against Pacific feeling good.

"It's doing fine — there's no pain," Robertson said Friday, two days after playing in a game for the first time in a month and minutes after getting good news during a visit to his doctor. "It's all good, and it's definitely getting better."

The Bears' starting small forward from De La Salle High contributed eight points to the 79-54 win over Pacific, gradually finding a rhythm.

"There was some rust," he said of a scoreless first half, in which he had two turnovers and missed two shots. "It's about getting your timing back, being in the flow and being able to react. Things came easier in the second half."


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Robertson averaged 18 points in Cal's first two games, and the Bears are 3-0 with him in uniform. The game at Stockton Arena was like a second season opener for him.

"First and foremost, it was just fun being out there and having the team play well," Robertson said.

With Robertson's return, the Bears' roster is as complete as it will get. Junior forward Harper Kamp (knee) is expected to redshirt.

"We've got some work to do between now and the 22nd," coach Mike Montgomery said, looking ahead to Kansas. "It's about as big a test as we can have. It'll be good for our kids. I'm excited about going to Allen Fieldhouse, frankly."

  • NEXT GAME: Dec. 22, at
    Kansas, 6 p.m.