Bears Host No. 3 Wildcats Sunday
BERKELEY – California returns to action for the first time in eight days when it hosts No. 3 Arizona in a Pac-12 men's basketball contest at noon PT on Sunday at Haas Pavilion. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Golden Bears (9-9, 2-5 Pac-12) have already equaled their season win total from a year ago but are looking to snap a four-game skid dating back to Jan. 6. No. 3 Arizona (15-1, 5-0) is Cal's third AP Top-10 opponent in the past five games, as the Bears hosted then-No. 7 USC and then-No. 5 UCLA on Jan. 6-8. The Wildcats have won four in a row, including an 85-57 victory at Stanford on Jan. 20.
Sunday's contest is a Gold Out at Haas Pavilion. The first 2,000 fans will receive a free "Gold Out" T-shirt and the Bears will be wearing their new gold uniforms for just the second time this season.
All fans 3 and older must either show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter the facility.
- Date & Time: Sunday, Jan. 23 | 12 p.m. PT
- Watch: Pac-12 Network | Ted Robinson (PxP) & Mike Montgomery (Analyst)
- Listen: KGO 810 AM | Rich Cellini (PxP) & Todd McKim (Analyst)
- Live Stats: StatBroadcast
- Cal is 9-3 at Haas Pavilion this season, having reeled off nine straight wins from Nov. 15-Jan. 2.
- The Bears' last win against an AP Top-5 squad was on Feb. 1, 2014 when they knocked off No. 1 Arizona, 60-58, in Berkeley on Justin Cobbs' game-winner with 0.9 seconds remaining.
- Cal is among the Pac-12's best defensive teams, statistically, ranking first in scoring defense (62.7, 35th nationally), second in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (29.3%, 32nd nationally) and fourth in overall field-goal percentage defense (40.4%, 64th nationally).
- Cal is 7-1 when its veteran trio of Jordan Shepherd (14.3 points per game), Andre Kelly (14.2) and Grant Anticevich (11.3) score 10-plus points in the same game. Shepherd has scored in double figures in 12 straight games and leads Cal with 15.7 PPG in Pac-12 play.
- Andre Kelly posted his seventh double-double of the season at Washington State on Jan. 15 with 12 points and 14 rebounds. He's among Pac-12 leaders in rebounds per game (8.7, second), field-goal percentage (60.2%, third) and points per game (14.2, eighth).
- The Bears are looking to be better on the glass after being outrebounded three times in their past four games (USC, Washington, Washington State). Cal has won the rebounding battle 12 times this season, largely due to its presence on the defensive glass (27.56 defensive rebounds per game, ranking fourth in the Pac-12).
- Cal has lost nine in a row to Arizona. The Bears' most recent win in the series was a 74-73 victory on Jan. 23, 2016 in Berkeley.
Cal travels to SoCal to face No. 9 UCLA at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27 and No. 16 USC at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29. Both games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
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