Bears Face No. 14 Washington State Saturday

Feb. 9, 2007

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California Golden Bears (12-11, 4-7) at Washington State Cougars (20-4, 9-3)
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m., Friel Court, Pullman, WA
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM)
TV: none

A Quick Look at the Golden Bears

  • Facing a ranked opponent for the fifth time in its last six games, California will attempt to snap a five-game losing streak when the Golden Bears visit Washington State (#14 AP/#14 ESPN/USA Today) Saturday at 2 p.m.
  • Cal is 6-6 away from home this season, including Pac-10 victories over Arizona State, Oregon State and Stanford. The Bears were also 3-0 en route to the title at the Great Alaska Shootout in November.
  • Senior G Ayinde Ubaka, who missed practice Wednesday and did not start Thursday's game vs. Washington due to lingering effects of an intestinal virus, still came through with a team-high 20 points in 34 minutes vs. the Huskies. Ubaka had started 53 consecutive games over the past two seasons before coming off the bench against UW.
  • Over his past two games vs. Stanford and Washington, Ubaka has averaged 18.5 ppg with 10 assists and no turnovers. Overall, he leads the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.47 and has had zero or one turnover in 10 of 23 games.
  • With 389 points this season, F Ryan Anderson has moved into fourth place on Cal's freshman scoring list, trailing only Shareef Abdur-Rahim (590 points in 1996), Brian Hendrick (478, 1990) and Leon Powe (409, 2005). Anderson's average of 16.9 ppg is second only to Abdur-Rahim's 21.1 ppg on the Bears' freshman chart.
  • After draining nine more three-pointers at Washington Thursday, Cal has now connected on 177 tries from behind the arc this season. The school record is 198 treys set in 2003, and the Bears' current total betters the full-season amount for 15 of the past 20 years.
  • Ayinde Ubaka has moved up to 27th place on Cal's career scoring list with 1,067 points. Next up are Kevin Singleton (1,068), Ed Gray (1,082) and Ryan Drew (1,086).
  • With Jerome Randle starting for Ayinde Ubaka Thursday in Seattle, the Bears began the game with three freshmen in the opening lineup for the first time this year (also Ryan Anderson and Patrick Christopher).
  • Ayinde Ubaka celebrated his 22nd birthday Friday.

Probable StartersPOS  NO  NAME                 HT  WT  YR  PPG  RPGF    23  Patrick Christopher  6-5  210  Fr  4.3  1.9Career-high 10 points vs. USC; 8 points, 4 rebounds at Stanford F    24  Theo Robertson       6-6  225  So  8.6  4.5Career-high 19 points at Oregon; 11 points, 8 boards, 4 assists at UWF    34  Ryan Anderson        6-10  235  Fr  16.9  8.3Top 5 in Pac-10 in scoring & rebounding; made 42 three-pointersG     1  Ayinde Ubaka         6-4  200  Sr  14.2  4.7 apg#27 in Cal history with 1,067 pts; season-high 26 pts at StanfordG     2  Omar Wilkes          6-4  185  Jr  10.1  2.1Leads Cal in FG shooting (51.3%); 14 points vs. USC
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