Bears Look to Make it Nine in a Row Against the Huskies
Jan. 9, 2009
Riding an eight-game winning streak, the longest since 2003,California (14-2, 3-0) heads across the state to face Washington onSaturday, Jan. 10, at 3 p.m. The Golden Bears, currently No. 27 in theAP poll, improved to 3-0 in the Pac-10 with a victory over WashingtonState on Thursday. The last time that the Bears opened up Pac-10 playat 3-0 was in the 2002-03 campaign when Cal won its first sevenconference games.
Patrick Christopher has started off the Pac-10 portion of the season on fire, postingthree consecutive 20-point performances and led the Bears in scoring in two of them. He tallied 22 points in Cal's victory over Washington State last Thursday. Christopher is currently averaging 15.4 ppg, which is second best among the Bears. He is also tied for third on the team in rebounds with 57, averaging 3.6 per game.
Jamal Boykin was another huge factor in the Bears' victory over theCougars. Boykin posted his third career double-double, second of thisseason, collecting a career-high 14 rebounds and 12 points. Boykin hasbeen Cal's leading rebounder all season, currently averaging 6.1 pergame.
The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy,connecting on just under half of their attempts (49.5%). TheoRobertson is currently No. 1 in the nation in three-point percentage at61.2 percent (min 1.5 made per game). In addition, Cal's field goalpercentage has been at least 50.0 percent in five of its last six games.
Jerome Randle paces the squad with 18.8 ppg and has led the Bearsin 12 of 16 games. He is dishing out 5.1 apg and owns a team-best 14steals.
On defense, the Bears are holding opponents to 63.2 ppg, far fewer than the 75.1 ppg Cal allowed last year. The Bears have held six opponents to shooting less than 40.0 percent this season, and San Francisco was the only team that was able to shoot 50.0 on them.