BERKELEY -- Guard Ricky Kreklow, who has missed the past 11 games with a broken hand, is expected to play for Cal against Stanford on Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion.
Point guard Justin Cobbs called Kreklow a "glue guy" for the Bears (15-7, 6-3 Pac-12), who are playing their first game since knocking off top-ranked and unbeaten Arizona 60-58 on Saturday.
"He brings the little things that don't show up on the stat sheet. He's Jorge-like," Cobbs said, comparing him to former Cal guard Jorge Gutierrez, the 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year.
"He fights for everything, he's very aggressive, physical," Cobbs said. "He does a lot of the dirty work. He brings those things that make a team a team."
Kreklow hasn't played since Dec. 14 against Fresno. The 6-foot-6 junior started five of the team's first 11 games, averaging 6.4 points and 2.6 rebounds. He will come off the bench against Stanford.
"He needs to kind of ease himself back in and not try to be everything to everybody," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "What he's always done is play hard. The kid's got a lot of energy. He's not afraid to bang, he's not afraid to mix it up. If there's a loose ball, he's generally the first guy on the floor.
"Those are things we've sorely missed. So that would be very valuable to us, to get us that boost of energy and get guys going."
Cal beat Stanford 69-62 at Maples Pavilion to open the conference schedule. The Cardinal (14-7, 5-4) comes off a 76-70 win over Arizona State, following a three-point loss to Arizona.
Tipoff at Haas is 6 p.m.