Cal Tangles with USC, Hopes to Split Weekend Series

Jan. 30, 2009

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California Golden Bears (16-5, 5-3) at USC Trojans (14-6, 5-3)
Saturday, Jan. 31, 8:30 p.m., Galen Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM) TV: Fox Sports Net / Comcast SportsNet California

California (16-5, 5-3) looks to shake off Thursday night's loss to No. 17 UCLA when it squares off against USC (14-6, 5-3) Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Galen Center. Despite losing three of their last four, the Golden Bears are currently tied for second place in the Pac-10.

One area where the Bears were able to excel on Thursday against the Bruins was three-point shooting, as Cal connected on nine of its 15 attempts. Leading the way once again was Theo Robertson, drilling four of his five attempts. Jerome Randle also finished the night 3-for-6 from behind the arc. Robertson ended the contest with a game-high 19 points.

Randle continues to pace the squad with 18.6 ppg and has been the Bears' leading scorer in 14 of 21 games. He is dishing out 5.1 apg and stands tied for second on the team in steals with 16. Randle is 10th all-time in career assists in school history with 317. Rickey Hawthorne (1973-76) is ninth with 318. Randle is also currently in ninth for career three-point field goals made with 128. Randle is also getting close to 1,000 career points, currently standing at 968. Patrick Christopher may get there sooner as his current career point total is 993.

The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on 47.6 percent of their attempts. Theo Robertson is currently No. 1 in the nation in three-point percentage at 56.9 percent (min 1.5 made per game). In addition, Cal's field goal percentage is currently second in the Pac-10 and seventh in the nation (49.5). The Bears have shot at least 50.0 percent in seven of their last 11 games, including 66.7 percent vs. Oregon on Jan. 24.

On defense, the Bears are holding opponents to 66.2 ppg, far fewer than the 75.1 ppg Cal allowed last year. The Bears have held six opponents to shooting less than 40.0 percent this season, and only four teams were able to shoot 50.0 or higher against Cal.

The Cal-USC contest on Saturday will be televised on Fox Sports Net and Comcast SportsNet California.

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