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Road Battle In Tempe

Mar 2, 2022
Joel Brown and the Golden Bears wrap up regular-season play at the Arizona schools this week.

BERKELEY – The California men's basketball team closes the regular season with a pair of road games this week, starting Thursday against Arizona State. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. PT at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe. The contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
 
The Golden Bears (12-17, 5-13 Pac-12) most recently earned a dominant 53-39 win over rival Stanford on Feb. 26 and are going for the season sweep of the Sun Devils on Thursday. Cal bested Arizona State 74-50 in Berkeley on Jan. 2, marking its largest margin of victory in a Pac-12 contest since February 2017. After a 2-7 start in Pac-12 play, ASU (12-16, 8-10) is 6-3 in its past nine and has won five of six.
 
GAME INFORMATION

  • Date & Time: Thursday, Feb. 3| 5 p.m. PT
  • Watch: Pac-12 Networks | Ted Robinson (PxP) & Eddie House (Analyst)
  • Listen: KGO 810 AM (Tune-In App) | Rich Cellini (PxP) & Todd McKim (Analyst)
  • Live Stats: StatBroadcast

 
QUICK HITS

  • Cal's 74-50 win over Arizona State on Jan. 2 snapped a seven-game skid against the Sun Devils. A win on Thursday would mark Cal's first season sweep of the Sun Devils since 2017.
  • Cal has won two straight road games with its sweep of the Oregon schools on Feb. 9-12. It was Cal's first road sweep since 2015-16.
  • The Bears capped their home slate with a dominant 53-39 win over Stanford on Feb. 26. Jordan Shepherd scored 28 points on 11-16 shooting while Cal allowed its fewest points in a Pac-12 contest since Oregon had 37 on Feb. 2, 1985.
  • Cal continues to be among the Pac-12's best defensive teams statistically, ranking first in 3-point field-goal defense (30.7%), third in scoring defense (65.1) and fifth in field-goal percentage defense (41.3%). The Bears have limited opponents to 61 points or less 13 times.
  • Fifth-year senior Grant Anticevich broke Cal's career record for games played (136) last Saturday vs. Stanford. Anticevich broke a tie with David Kravish (2012-15) to move into sole possession of the record.
  • Cal improved to 3-1 in Pac-12 games when Jordan Shepherd scores 20-plus points following his 28-point effort against Stanford on Feb. 26. Shepherd, who has scored in double figures 22 times and in 20 of the past 23 games, has also scored 33 at Oregon (win), 25 vs. Oregon State (win) and 21 vs. Arizona (loss).
  • Since senior forward Andre Kelly went down with a season-ending ankle injury on Jan. 29, Lars Thiemann has played admirably in his place. The junior center has started all eight games Kelly has missed and averaged 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He stuffed the box score with six points, eight rebounds, four assists (career-high), two blocks and two steals most recently vs. Stanford.
  • Four of Cal's five Pac-12 wins have been by double-digits (73-61 vs. OSU; 74-50 vs. ASU, 78-64 at Oregon, 53-39 vs. Stanford.

 
UP NEXT
Cal's regular-season finale comes against No. 2 Arizona on Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. PT at McKale Memorial Center. The contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
 
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