Cal Caps Homestand Against No. 5 UCLA
BERKELEY – The California men's basketball team will conclude its seven-game homestand by hosting No. 5 UCLA at 5 p.m. PT on Saturday in Haas Pavilion. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
Cal (9-6, 2-2 Pac-12) saw its five-game win streak and nine-game home win streak snapped with a 77-63 loss to seventh-ranked USC on Thursday. UCLA's (9-1, 1-0) visit to Berkeley marks the first time that the Golden Bears have faced a pair of top-10 opponents in the same week since the 1974-75 season. The Bruins bested Long Beach State 96-78 on Thursday in their first game since Dec. 11.
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- Date & Time: Saturday, Jan. 8 | 5 p.m. PT
- Watch: Pac-12 Network | J.B. Long (PxP) & Don MacLean (Analyst)
- Listen: KGO 810 AM | Rich Cellini (PxP) & Todd McKim (Analyst)
- Live Stats: StatBroadcast
- Cal's five-game win streak from Dec. 8-Jan. 2 was tied for its longest in the past six seasons, while the nine-game home streak was its longest since winning 27 in a row from March 1, 2015-Dec. 17, 2016. The Bears are 9-2 overall at home this season.
- Cal's last win against an AP Top-10 squad was on Feb. 1, 2014 when it knocked off No. 1 Arizona, 60-58, in Berkeley on Justin Cobbs' game-winner with 0.9 seconds remaining.
- The Bears are second in the Pac-12 & 56th nationally in scoring defense (62.7) while limiting opponents to 40.1% shooting from the floor (68th nationally) & 30.4% from 3-point range (71st nationally).
- Cal has outrebounded its opponents in 11 of 15 games this season, largely due to the effort on the defensive glass. Cal is 32nd nationally with 28.67 defensive rebounds per game. Grant Anticevich and Andre Kelly are second and third in the Pac-12 in defensive rebounding.
- Despite the 14-point loss to the Trojans, Cal was the first team to shoot 40% or better (40.7, 22-54) vs. USC, which leads the country in field-goal percentage defense (35.6%).
- Cal is 7-1 when their top three scorers – Jordan Shepherd (14.6 points per game), Andre Kelly (14.5) and Grant Anticevich (12.5) – score 10-plus points in the same game. Shepherd is averaging 18.0 points per game in Pac-12 play.
- Andre Kelly is tied for the Pac-12 lead with six double-doubles, including one vs. USC Thursday. Grant Anticevich (5) is close behind.
- The Bears have dished out 10-plus assists in six straight games (5-1 in that span). Joel Brown had a career-high nine dimes on Thursday.
- Cal has lost eight games in a row to UCLA. Its last win came on Feb. 25, 2016 in Berkeley.
Cal goes on the road to face Washington at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12 in Seattle. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
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