Top-Seeded Bears Face Washington in Final of Pac-10 Tournament

March 13, 2010


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California Golden Bears (23-9) vs. Washington Huskies (23-9)
Saturday, March 13, 3 p.m., Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: CBS

Entering the Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 1 seed for the first time, regular-season Pac-10 champion California is riding a six-game winning streak into the final of the Pac-10 Tournament. The Golden Bears will play Washington Saturday at 3 p.m. at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

This is Cal's second appearance in the final of the Pac-10 Tournament. The Bears lost to UCLA in the 2006 finale, 71-52.

Pac-10 Player of the Year Jerome Randle became Cal's all-time career leader scorer when he passed Sean Lampley on Friday in the semifinals. Randle currently boasts 1,790 career points.

The Bears were able to get past UCLA in the semifinals, 85-72, on Friday behind 24 points from Randle and 20 from All-Pac-10 second-teamer Theo Robertson. The Bears shooting percentage of 60.0 was a season high, led by Randle who shot 7-for-11 from the field. In their first two games on the tournament, Cal has shot a combined 63-for-111 (54.0 percent). Cal has also shot 17-for-36 (47.2 percent) from three-point distance.

This will be the second meeting in the Pac-10 Tournament between Cal and Washington. These two teams met in the first round of the 2008 tournament, with the Bears winning, 84-81.

Cal most recently won a conference crown in 1960 when the Bears captured the last of four straight Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) crowns. Cal finished that year with a 28-2 overall record and 11-1 league mark, reaching the NCAA championship game before falling to Ohio State.

A strong free-throw shooting team all season, this year's Cal squad currently ranks No.12 in the nation at 75.3 percent, with Randle second in the country indivudally at 93.3 percent - the best single-season percentage in school history and the second best in Pac-10 history.

The Bears have won nine of their last 10 games, each by at least 10 points. This is Cal's first six-game winning streak since they enjoyed a nine-game winning streak last season.

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