Cal Heads to Arizona for Final Weekend of Regular Season
March 6, 2009
California Golden Bears (22-8, 11-6) at Arizona State Sun Devils (21-8, 10-7)
Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. PT, Wells Fargo Arena
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM) TV: CBS
Heading into the final game of the regular season, California (22-8, 11-6) faces Arizona State fresh off of a six-point victory at Arizona on Thursday. It was the first time since the 1982-83 season that the Golden Bears swept the season series with the Wildcats. Cal, which has clinched third place in the conference, plays Arizona State on Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. (PT) at Wells Fargo Arena. A win on Saturday will be the first time Cal swept both Arizona schools in the same season in school history.
Last Thursday was a career night for juniors Jerome Randle and Theo Roberston, as well as a historic night for the program. Randle made eight three-pointers, part of his career-high 31 points on the night. Robertson collected a personal best of 24 points and one his treys was the 100th of his career. Randle was one three-pointer away from tying the school's record for the most treys in a single game. Cal, as a team, drilled 16 three-pointers, which tied the all-time mark for three-pointers in a game and was the most ever in a Pac-10 contest. The victory over Arizona was also the first win for the Bears in the McKale Center since 1995.
Randle continues to lead the squad in scoring with 18.2 ppg and has been the Bears' leading scorer in 18 of 30 games. He is dishing out 5.1 apg, tied for the best in the Pac-10 right now, and is fourth on the team in steals with 21. On Cal's career chart, Randle is seventh in assists (363) and sixth in three-pointers (152). He surpassed Ryan Drew's record for most three-pointers in a season of 68, which Drew set in 1960. With one contest left in the regular season, Randle currently sits at 74 treys.
The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on 44.5 percent of their attempts. Robertson leads the squad in three-point accuracy at 50.5 percent (min 1.5 made per game). Robertson recently moved into first place in the Cal record books for career three-point shooting accuracy at 43.9 percent. His season average is also the best in school history. He is four three-pointers away from cracking Cal's top 10 for the most made in a season.
On defense, the Bears are holding opponents to 67.5 ppg, far fewer than the 75.1 ppg Cal allowed last year. The Bears have held eight opponents to less than 40.0 percent shooting this season, including holding Oregon to 33.9 percent on Feb. 19. Only seven teams have been able to make more than half their attempts against Cal.