Bay Area Battle At Haas
BERKELEY – California will look to snap a three-game skid as it hosts San Francisco in a battle of Bay Area foes Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. Tip-off is slated for 12 p.m. (noon) and the contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein and Mike Montgomery on the call.
The Golden Bears (2-4), who have played at home twice through six games this season, seek to continue their strong play against non-conference opponents at Haas Pavilion under Mark Fox. Cal is 7-1 in such games dating back to the start of the 2019-20 season.
Despite its 12-point loss at Pepperdine on Wednesday, Cal earned stellar individual performances by junior Matt Bradley, who scored a career-high 27 points and reached 1,000 career points, and senior Grant Anticevich, who added 21 points on 8-14 shooting from the field. Meanwhile, the visiting Dons (5-2) have outscored their past three opponents by 25-plus points, including a 45-point victory against Long Beach State on Thursday.
HOW TO FOLLOW
- Matchup: Cal (2-4) vs. San Francisco (5-2)
- Date/Time: Sunday, December 13 | 12 p.m. PT (noon)
- Watch: Pac-12 Network
- TV Commentary: Roxy Bernstein & Mike Montgomery
- Listen: KGO 810 AM | TuneIn
- Radio Commentary: Rich Cellini & Todd McKim
- Live Stats: StatBroadcast
- Cal leads San Francisco in the all-time series, 46-32. The Dons have won the past two meetings, however.
- Sunday will be the third time in as many years that Cal and San Francisco have clashed.
- Cal is 7-1 in non-conference home games under Mark Fox. The Bears went 6-1 in such games last year, and earned a victory over Nicholls State in their 2020-21 home opener on Nov. 30.
- Matt Bradley leads all Pac-12 players with four 20-point performances.
- Cal ranks second in the Pac-12 with 43 made 3-pointers this season, highlighted by 14 and 12 from Makale Foreman and Ryan Betley.
- Grant Anticevich used a 21-point performance at Pepperdine on Wednesday to bump up his season scoring average to 9.0. He's made three-plus field goals in four consecutive games.
Both Cal basketball programs will be in action at Haas Pavilion on Sunday. In addition to the men's game against San Francisco at noon, the Cal women will host No. 1 Stanford at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.
SUCCESS IN OUR HAAS
The Bears are 13-6 overall, and 6-4 in Pac-12 play, at Haas Pavilion under Mark Fox. Cal won in its home opener over Nicholls State on Monday, Nov. 30, and will play 10 more games on its home court this season, including Sunday vs. San Francisco. The Bears' 12 wins at home last season were their most since earning 15 during the 2016-17 campaign.
LEADING THE CHARGE
After a standout sophomore year in 2019-20, Matt Bradley has picked up where he left off with a hot start this season, ranking second among Pac-12 players with 19.5 PPG. Bradley has done plenty of his damage from the free throw line, ranking ninth nationally with 31 free throws made.
The San Bernardino, Calif., native collected a pair of 2020-21 preseason accolades over the past month with nods to the Pac-12 Preseason Media All-Conference First Team and the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award watch list. Under Mark Fox's guidance during the 2019-20 season, Bradley increased his points per game by 7.7 points, up from 10.8 in 2018-19 to 17.5 in 2019-20. He ranks third among major conference returning players in PPG from last year.
Matt Bradley became the 48th player in program history to join the 1,000-Point Club on Dec. 9 as he scored a career-high 27 in Cal's loss to Pepperdine. Bradley entered the game needing just 17 points to reach the milestone. He's Cal's first 1K Club member since Jabari Bird in 2016-17. Two more Bears will soon hit the milestone, as grad transfers Ryan Betley (999) and Makale Foreman (991) are within nine points of 1K.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU
Sophomore guard Joel Brown has continued to establish his role through six games played this season, and has made an impact in a pair of statistical categories. The Brampton, Ontario, native leads Cal with 3.5 assists per game (4+ assists in four games) and is the Pac-12 leader (20th nationally) in steals with 13. Brown has made three starts and is averaging 26.0 minutes per game.
AROUND THE GLOBE
More than one-third of Cal's roster (six of 15 players) are originally from outside of the United States, giving the Bears an international identity. Grant Anticevich (Sydney) and Kuany Kuany (Melbourne; originally South Sudan) hail from Australia. Joel Brown (Brampton, Ontario) and Jalen Celestine (Ajax, Ontario) are from Canada. Dimitrios Klonaras is a native of Thessaloniki, Greece, while Lars Thiemann hails from Krefeld, Germany.
IMPROVEMENT UNDER FOX
In Mark Fox's first season at the helm in Berkeley, Cal showed signs of improvement across the board and was tied for third among major conference teams with a plus-six-win differential from 2018-19 to 2019-20. The Bears more than doubled their conference win total as well, going from 3-15 to 7-11. It was the largest margin of improvement by any Pac-12 team from '18-'19 to '19-'20.
LAST TIME VS. THE DONS
Kareem South poured in a season-high 20 points, but the effort wasn't enough to propel Cal past San Francisco as the Dons dropped the Golden Bears, 76-64, on Dec. 4, 2019 at War Memorial Gymnasium. South led the Bears with Cal's fifth 20-point game of the season, and Matt Bradley added 11 points to score in double figures for the seventh of eight games. Jimbo Lull had 20 points and eight rebounds for USF. Lull shot 7 of 10 while winning a battle of 7-footers, while Lars Thiemann was held to two points and three rebounds. San Francisco led 34-32 at halftime then pulled away behind Lull, who had 13 points in the second half. That included a long hook shot that banked off the backboard and went in to put the Dons ahead 62-50. The Bears got within 65-56 before nine straight by the Dons put the contest away.
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