Cal Hosts No. 25 USC Saturday

Jan. 26, 2007

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USC Trojans (15-6, 5-3) at California Golden Bears (12-8, 4-4)
Saturday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM)
TV: Comcast SportsNet

A Quick Look at the Golden Bears

  • California hosts No. 25 USC at 3 p.m. Saturday in Haas Pavilion - the third straight ranked opponent on the Golden Bears' schedule.
  • Cal built early leads on its last two ranked foes, but was unable to hold on in the end. The Bears lost at No. 9 Oregon, 92-84, last Saturday despite leading, 44-33, late in the first half. Then on Thursday, Cal had a 16-8 advantage over UCLA, but the No. 3 Bruins eventually prevailed, 62-46.
  • Cal lost a key element to its lineup when junior F Eric Vierneisel sprained his left ankle with two minutes left in practice Wednesday. Out for both UCLA and USC this weekend, he could return as soon as next week's contest vs. Stanford. Vierneisel is averaging 4.6 ppg overall, scoring at a 9.6 ppg clip since Dec. 23.
  • Vierneisel's injury leaves Cal with just eight healthy scholarship players available for Saturday's USC game, only two of which stand taller than 6-6. Other Bears on the sidelines are: junior C DeVon Hardin (left foot stress fracture), sophomore C Jordan Wilkes (knee surgery) and sophomore G Nikola Knezevic (knee surgery).
  • Sophomore F Theo Robertson has averaged 17.5 ppg over his past two games, making 14-of-24 shots from the floor (58.3%). He scored a career-high 19 points at Oregon last Saturday and came through with 16 more vs. UCLA. Robertson has also made seven of his last 14 three-point attempts over the past two games to raise his overall rate to 41.5 percent from behind the arc.
  • Freshman F Ryan Anderson continues to lead Cal in both scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg). He has paced the Bears on the glass in 11 of the last 12 games and owns a team-high six double-doubles this year.
  • Cal committed just nine turnovers vs. UCLA Thursday, matching its low for a Pac-10 game this season (also vs. Washington State). The Bears are committing only 11.8 turnovers per game, a rate that drops to 11.3 topg in league competition.
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