Bears Look For Weekend Sweep Against Cougars
Feb. 7, 2009
Washington State Cougars (12-10, 4-6) at California Golden Bears (17-6, 6-4)
Saturday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., Haas Pavlion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM) TV: Fox Sports Net
Fresh off of a 15-point victory over No. 22 Washington last Thursday, California (17-6, 6-4) looks for its first weekend sweep in a month when it faces Washington State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Golden Bears are currently tied for third in the Pac-10 with USC and Arizona State. The last time Cal won all four games against the two Washington squads in the same season was in 2003.
Last Thursday was a historic night for the Bears, as Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher became the 37th and 38th Cal players to earn 1,000 points in their collegiate career. Randle finished with 21 points, his 12th 20-point outing of the season. Jordan Wilkes and Jamal Boykin also had a strong nights, as Wilkes led the Bears on the glass with eight rebounds and also posted 14 points. Boykin collected 13 points and seven boards. Wilkes is averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in his last four games. Boykin is averaging 13.8 points in his last six games.
Randle continues to pace the squad with 18.4 ppg and has been the Bears' leading scorer in 15 of 23 games. He is dishing out 5.1 apg and is second on the team in steals with 18. Randle is ninth all-time in career assists in school history with 327. He is also currently in ninth for career three-point field goals made with 131. Christopher recently moved into eighth in Cal's all-time career free-throw percentage list, and currently stands at 79.0 percent (147-186), tied with Ed Gray.The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on 44.9 percent of their attempts. Theo Robertson is currently No. 1 in the nation in three-point percentage at 55.1 percent (min 1.5 made per game). Robertson recently took over first place as Cal's all-time career three-point shooter at 44.9 percent. In addition, Cal's field goal percentage is currently second in the Pac-10 and fifth in the nation (49.3). The Bears have shot at least 50.0 percent in eight of their last 13 games, including 66.7 percent vs. Oregon on Jan. 24.
On defense, the Bears are holding opponents to 66.7 ppg, far fewer than the 75.1 ppg Cal allowed last year. The Bears have held seven opponents to shooting less than 40.0 percent this season, including holding the Huskies to 36.1 percent last Thursday, and only five teams were able to shoot 50.0 or higher against Cal.