Bears Welcome CSUN To Haas
BERKELEY – California will play its second consecutive home game on Saturday afternoon as it welcomes Cal State Northridge to Haas Pavilion for a non-conference clash. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. (PT). The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein and Mike Montgomery on the call.
The matchup was added to Cal's schedule after the Bears' trip to face Boston College on Tuesday, Dec. 22 was canceled due to an abundance of caution surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cal will be CSUN's second straight Pac-12 foe; the Matadors hosted Stanford on Dec. 15 and suffered a 82-71 loss to the Cardinal. CSUN has had two games canceled or postponed since the start of December, and has earned wins over Westmont, Seattle U and Pepperdine this season.
HOW TO FOLLOW
- Matchup: Cal (3-4) vs. Cal State Northridge (3-2)
- Date/Time: Saturday, December 19 | 2 p.m. (PT)
- 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 is 7-0 all-time against CSUN and last faced the Matadors in an 83-63 win in Berkeley on Nov. 28, 2017.
- Cal's series against CSUN dates back to the 1981-82 season.
- Cal is 8-1 in non-conference home games under Mark Fox. The Bears went 6-1 in such games last year, and have earned victories this season over Nicholls State on Nov. 30 and San Francisco on Dec. 13.
- Matt Bradley leads all Pac-12 players with four 20-point performances.
- Cal ranks second in the Pac-12 with 49 made 3-pointers this season, highlighted by 15 and 13 from Makale Foreman and Ryan Betley.
- Grant Anticevich ranks second on the team with 10.3 points per game after scoring 21 at Pepperdine and 18 against USF.
- The Bears committed just seven turnovers against USF on Dec. 13, tied for its fewest since making six vs. Fresno State on Dec. 11, 2019.
SUCCESS IN OUR HAAS
The Bears are 14-6 overall, and 6-4 in Pac-12 play, at Haas Pavilion under Mark Fox. Cal will play 11 more games on its home court this season, including Saturday vs. CSUN. 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 guard Matt Bradley has picked up where he left off with a hot start this season, ranking third among Pac-12 players with 19.1 PPG. The lefty has scored 20-plus points in four of seven games and leads the conference in such performances. Bradley has done damage from the free throw line, ranking 18th nationally with 32 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.
Two Bears have reached 1,000 career points in the past two games, as Matt Bradley hit the mark with a 27-point performance on Dec. 9 at Pepperdine and grad transfer Ryan Betley followed suit with a seven-point effort vs. San Francisco on Dec. 13. Bradley, having played his entire career at Cal, became the 48th player in program history to join the 1K Club and is the first since Jabari Bird in 2016-17. One more Bear will reach the milestone quickly, as fellow grad transfer Makale Foreman (994) needs just six points to hit 1K.
FRONT COURT LEADERSHIP
After a slow start to the season shooting the ball, Grant Anticevich caught fire at Pepperdine on Dec. 9 with 21 points on 8-14 shooting and followed up with an 18-point, 7-rebound effort against USF on Dec. 13. Meanwhile, junior Andre Kelly had a season-best performance on Dec. 13, tallying a team-high 22 points and 7 boards. He's second on the team with 5.7 RPG, and fourth with 8.7 PPG.
HYDER ELIGIBLE FOR 2020-21
Sophomore guard Jarred Hyder was made immediately eligible to play the remainder of the 2020-21 season Wednesday by the NCAA, which granted a waiver to allow Division I student-athletes in all sports to compete immediately this year. Hyder, a transfer from Fresno State, was originally ruled ineligible for the 2020-21 season in November. As a freshman at Fresno State in 2019-20, Hyder started 24 of his 26 games played and averaged 9.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 31.9 minutes per game. The San Bernardino, Calif., native posted four 20-point performances for the Bulldogs.
Makale Foreman scored a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give California its only lead of the game and a 72-70 victory over San Francisco at Haas Pavilion on Dec. 13. The game winner was Foreman's first made shot of the contest after he missed his first six attempts, including five from behind the arc. Andre Kelly scored a team-high 22 points with seven rebounds in his best performance of the season. Two other Bears scored in double figures as Grant Anticevich added 18 points – including 14 in the first half – and Matt Bradley scored 17 points.
Cal cut its deficit to one point for the third time in the second half with 16.1 seconds remaining when Bradley found Kelly for a layup to make it a 70-69 contest. With 8.8 seconds on the clock, USF's Khalil Shabazz missed his first attempt of a 1-and-1 at the free throw line. Ryan Betley grabbed the rebound and Cal took the game winner as Bradley and Anticevich swung the ball around to Foreman. The Bears scored 12 of the game's final 15 points, including the last six.
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