Midweek Update: Stanford Hosts California On Saturday
March 3, 2010
Stanford Cardinal (13-16, 7-10 Pac-10)
California Golden Bears (20-9, 12-5 Pac-10)
Saturday, Mar. 6, 2010 3 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: California leads 139-112
Last Meeting: California 92, Stanford 66 (Jan. 2, 2010)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: Dave Flemming, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Ben Spielberg, Analyst: Mark Friese)
TV: FSN (PBP: Barry Tompkins, Analyst: Marques Johnson)
The Opening Tip
Saturday's Pac-10 regular season finale pits Stanford (13-15, 7-10 Pac-10) against rival California (20-9, 12-5 Pac-10) in a 3 p.m. tip-off at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal is looking to avenge a 92-66 loss in the season opener back on Jan. 2, while also trying to avoid the Pac-10 Tournament's play-in game. The Golden Bears, winners of three straight, have already clinched a share of the Pac-10 regular season crown.
Saturday's game can be heard live on XTRA Sports 860 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Mark Friese (analyst). The game will be televised nationally on FSN, with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and Marques Johnson (analyst) describing the action.
With the regular season now in the books, it's time to look ahead to postseason play. The Pac-10 Tournament begins next Wednesday, Mar. 10, in Los Angeles.
Tabbed to finish first in the Pac-10 preseason poll, California defeated Arizona State 62-46 last weekend to win its first league title (shared or outright) since 1960 when they won the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) crown.
The Golden Bears are 20-9 overall and 12-5 in league play. California is riding its fourth different three-game winning streak of the year.
After opening the year ranked in the top-25, California is receiving two votes in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The Golden Bears do not appear in the AP poll.
California navigated through a difficult non-conference schedule that included matchups against Syracuse, Ohio State, Kansas, New Mexico and Princeton.
Jerome Randle leads the club in scoring (18.9 ppg), three-pointers (81), free throws (108-117) and assists (131). Keep an eye on: Patrick Christopher (15.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 48 steals), Theo Robertson (14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 55 assists) and Jamal Boykin (11.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 59.3 percent field goals).
California is averaging 77.7 points and 36.0 rebounds per game while leading the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (47.6) and free throw percentage (74.5).
Stanford All-Time vs. California
In a series that dates back to the 1913-14 campaign, California owns a 139-112 edge. Since Stanford pieced together a six-game winning streak that spanned 2003-06, the last eight meetings have been split. California routed Stanford 92-66 in Berkeley back on Jan. 2 in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. The Golden Bears have not won at Maples Pavilion since Jan. 3, 2007, coming away with a 67-63 triumph.
Who To Watch Against California
In seven career games, Landry Fields is averaging 8.1 points per game while shooting 44 percent overall (22-50). Jeremy Green has averaged 13.0 points per game while making 12-24 from the field. In fact, Green (23 points) and Fields (20 points, 10 rebounds) shined in the first meeting back in January. Meanwhile in four career outings, Drew Shiller is 5-6 from the field for a total of 16 points (12 of those coming from three-pointers).