Cal center Markhuri Sanders-Frison can't pronounce the condition afflicting his feet, he just knows it hurts.

The Bears' 6-foot-7 senior saw a podiatrist Tuesday, who told him he's suffering from plantar fasciitis in both feet, along with tendinitis in his left Achilles.

"It's not pretty right now," said Sanders-Frison, who will start tonight when the Bears (5-2) take on No. 14 San Diego State (8-0) at Haas Pavilion. "But I'm ready to go."

Sanders-Frison said his feet have been bothering him for a couple weeks, although he has made 15 of 18 shots from the field the past three games. The problem impacts him more on defense, where his ability to move is compromised.

Referring to a couple plays during Cal's win at Iowa State on Saturday, Sanders-Frison said there was little he could do to offer help against an opponent driving into the lane.

"I just physically couldn't move," he said. "I'm in so much pain, sliding (on defense) is just killing me right now."

Sanders-Frison has started all seven games and is averaging 8.7 points and a team-best 7.1 rebounds. His experience and leadership have been invaluable, according to coach Mike Montgomery.

Told that rest is the best remedy for plantar fasciitis, Sanders-Frison said he won't consider missing any game action.

Montgomery wasn't so definitive. "We'll have to see if we can't get it calmed down," he said, "or we'll have to sit him down for a while."


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The doctor told Sanders-Frison the condition is the result of overuse, but Sanders-Frison believes the Jordan brand shoes the team wears this season are too stiff. He said he loved the style of Jordans the Bears wore last season and that the equipment manager has one new pair of size 15s stowed away for him.

"I might be in those (tonight)," said Sanders-Frison, who wore only socks for Tuesday's news conference. "I'm trying to save them for the Pac-10."

  • The Aztecs, hoping to start 9-0 for the first time in school history, boast a road win over Gonzaga and last Saturday beat Wichita State 83-69. "They're dynamite," Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said.

    No argument from Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett, whose team lost 69-55 to the Aztecs.

    "They're hard to score on. You can make plays and they can erase them," Bennett said. "They have good depth, good experience, good size, good length, good quickness. They shoot the ball pretty well. They have a lot of things going for them.

    "Having said that, they're beatable," added Bennett, whose team scrimmaged the Bears last month. "Cal can beat them. I'm not saying they will. But they play them at home; it'll be a good game."

    today's game
    San Diego State at Cal,
    7:30 p.m., CSN Plus