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Cal Closes Regular Season At No. 2 Arizona

Mar 4, 2022
Jordan Shepherd scored 21 points in Cal's first meeting with Arizona on Jan. 23 in Berkeley.

TUCSON, Ariz. – The California men's basketball team will face No. 2 Arizona in the 2021-22 regular season finale at 2 p.m. PT Saturday at the McKale Center. The contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
 
Cal (12-18, 5-14 Pac-12) suffered a 71-44 defeat by Arizona State on the front end of its trip to the desert on Thursday. The Wildcats (27-3, 17-2) are in the midst of a three-game week, having defeated No. 16 USC on Tuesday to clinch the Pac-12 regular-season title before besting Stanford, 81-69, on Thursday.
 
GAME INFORMATION

  • Date & Time: Saturday, Feb. 5 | 2 p.m. PT
  • Watch: Pac-12 Networks | J.B. Long (PxP) & Matt Muehlbach (Analyst)
  • Listen: KGO 810 AM (Tune-In App) | Rich Cellini (PxP) & Todd McKim (Analyst)
  • Live Stats: StatBroadcast

 
QUICK HITS

  • Cal is looking to snap a 10-game losing streak to Arizona. The Bears' most recent win in the series was a 74-73 victory on Jan. 23, 2016 in Berkeley. A win on Saturday would be Cal's first against the Wildcats in Tucson since a 77-69 victory on Feb. 10, 2013.
  • 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 left.
  • Cal has won two of its past three road games, having swept the Oregon schools on Feb. 9-12 for its 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 (30.8%), third in scoring defense (65.3) and fifth in field-goal percentage defense (41.7%). 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 24 games, has also scored 33 at Oregon (win), 25 vs. Oregon State (win) and 21 vs. then-No. 3 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 nine games Kelly has missed and averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He stuffed the box score with six points, eight rebounds, four assists (career-high), two blocks and two steals last Saturday vs. Stanford.

 
UP NEXT
The Golden Bears will shift their focus to the 2022 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament, played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from March 9-12. Cal opens tournament action on Wednesday, March 9.
 
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