Cal Hosts UCLA in Season's Final Home Games
Feb. 27, 2009
UCLA Bruins (21-7, 10-5) at California Golden Bears (21-7, 10-5)
Saturday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM)
TV: ESPN, ESPN360.com
California Game Notes
*California hosts UCLA at 6 p.m. Saturday in Haas Pavilion in the final home game of the regular season for the Golden Bears. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPN.
*In addition to Saturday's tilt with the Bruins, Cal will host the ESPN GameDay crew, which will tape live from center court from 8-9 a.m. Admission is free and doors will open at 6 a.m.
*At 21-7 overall, the Bears have won at least 21 games for the first time since they went 22-9 in 2003 and reached the NCAA second round.
*Cal's 10-5 Pac-10 record represents a four-game improvement over both the 2007 and '08 seasons with three contests still to play. The Bears were 6-12 in league action the past two years.
*Junior G Patrick Christopher poured a career-high 29 points in Thursday's 81-78 victory over USC, making his first six shot attempts and scoring eight points in overtime. His previous high of 27 points came in the Bears' 88-85 triple OT thriller at Washington Jan. 10.
*Cal, now 16-1 at home, has its most wins at Haas Pavilion since the Bears went 17-1 in 2001-02. The mark is a significant improvement over the last two seasons when the Bears combined to go 19-15 in Berkeley.
*Thursday's win over USC improved the Bears to 2-0 in overtime games this season, and they have won seven of their last nine OT games dating back to the 2005-06 season. Included in that stretch was a 76-69 OT victory over No. 1 seed UCLA in the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals.
*In the latest NCAA statistics (through games of Feb. 26), Cal ranks among the nation's top 15 in field goal shooting (6th, 49.1%), three-point shooting (1st, 44.2%) and free throw shooting (13th, 75.8%). No other school in the country rates in the top 15 in all three categories.
*Junior G Jerome Randle dished out eight assists vs. USC Thursday to lift his career total to 350, good for eighth on Cal's all-time list. He leads the Pac-10 with 5.0 apg this season.
*Randle also has 63 three-pointers on the year, just five shy of the school record of 68 set by Ryan Drew in 1990. Other than Drew, only Ryan Anderson (64 in 2008) and Bill Elleby (64 in 1992) have made more three-pointers in one year than Randle.
*Defensively, Cal is limiting opponents to 67.0 ppg, which is more than 8 ppg lower than the Bears surrendered last year (75.1 ppg).