Cal Hosts UCLA in Pac-10 Tilt Saturday
Jan. 4, 2008
UCLA Bruins (13-1, 1-0) at California Golden Bears (10-2, 1-0)
Saturday, Jan. 5, 3 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM)
TV: Fox Sports Net
California Game Notes
Fresh off a 92-82 win over No. 22 USC, California hosts fifth-ranked UCLA Saturday at 3 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. The game will be televised national by FSN.
Cal is 9-1 at home in Berkeley this season, where it has outscored opponents by an average 84.0 to 67.9.
The Bears are 37-for-76 from three-point range over their last three games (48.7%), making at least 10 each time, including a school-record 16 vs. Long Beach State Dec. 28. Cal had not made 10 or more in any game this season prior to the run.
Sophomore G Jerome Randle was named Pac-10 Player of the Week Monday after earning MVP honors at the Golden Bear Classic Dec. 28-29. He averaged 23.0 ppg in two games, with a career-best 26 points vs. North Dakota State in the title match. Randle is the second Bear to claim the honor this year, joining Ryan Anderson (Dec. 3).
UCLA owns a 125-95 series advantage over Cal. The Bears have won at least one game against the Bruins each of the last nine years. The streak was in jeopardy after the Bruins took both contests during the regular season in '06-07 - 62-46 in Berkeley and 85-75 in Los Angeles. However, behind 29 points from Ayinde Ubaka, Cal upset the top-seeded and fourth-ranked Bruins in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament, 76-69, in overtime.
Anderson leads the Pac-10 and ranks 16th in the country in scoring with 21.6 ppg. He has reached double figures in 15 straight games in 42 of his 45 career contests.
Senior C DeVon Hardin had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds vs. USC Thursday. It marked his first double-figure rebounding effort since opening the year by grabbing 12 or more boards in Cal's first five games.
Senior F Eric Vierneisel came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points vs. USC Thursday. Entering the contest, he was shooting just 28-for-43 from the field and 5-for-30 from three-point range. But against the Trojans, he made 4-of-8 shots overall, including 3-of-7 behind the arc.
After dishing out 23 assists vs. USC, Cal now leads the Pac-10 with an average of 17.58 per game. Among the other high assist totals this year: 30 vs. Long Beach State, 28 vs. Jackson State and 22 at Kansas State.