Cal Hosts Arizona Saturday Afternoon
Jan. 18, 2008
Arizona Wildcats (11-6, 1-3) at California Golden Bears (11-5, 2-3)
Saturday, Jan. 19, 5 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM)
TV: Comcast SportsNet
California Game Notes
* California hosts Arizona Saturday at 5 p.m. in Haas Pavilion, trying to gain a weekend split for the third time this year in Pac-10 play. The Golden Bears, who are in the midst of a three-game homestand that concludes with a Jan. 26 date vs. Stanford, are coming off a 99-90 double overtime setback to No. 22 Arizona State.
* Cal is averaging 79.8 ppg, which ranks second in the conference and 30th in the nation. The Bears have averaged as many as 80 points just once in their history (83.9 ppg in 1970-71) and have not scored at a 75 ppg clip or higher since 1996-97 (75.1 ppg)
* Cal has made at least 10 three-pointers in five of its last seven games, including a school-record 16 vs. Long Beach State Dec. 28. The Bears did not hit double figures in any of their first nine games this year.
* After a 32-point, 15-rebound performance vs. Arizona State, sophomore F Ryan Anderson now leads the Pac-10 in scoring (21.4 ppg) and ranks third in rebounding (9.9 rpg). He's also among the league leaders in free throw shooting (1st, 85.5%) and three-point shooting (9th, 43.8%).
* With 17 boards at Oregon State last Saturday and 15 more against ASU, Anderson became the first Cal player with at least 15 rebounds in consecutive games since Brian Hendrick had 15 at Washington State and 17 vs. ASU on Feb. 1-6, 1992.
* Thursday's game vs. ASU marked the fifth time this season both Anderson (32 points) and Patrick Christopher (23) scored more than 20 points in the same game.
* Cal leads the Pac-10 in assist average with 16.81 per game, the Bears' highest total since the Jason Kidd-led squad in 1993-94 dished out 17.6 apg.
* Cal is 10-2 this season when outrebounding its opponents and just 1-3 when it does not.
* Cal is shooting 75.5 percent from the free throw line (#14 in the country) and leads the Pac-10 in FT made per game (16.4). UCLA is second (15.6), followed by ASU (15.4) and Arizona (15.2).