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Bears Open Pac-12 Tournament Against WSU

Mar 7, 2022
Makale Foreman and the Golden Bears are the 10th seed in this week's Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament.

BERKELEY – California will face Washington State in the first round of the 2022 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
 
The Golden Bears are the tournament's 10th seed after going 5-15 in Pac-12 play during the regular season. They'll face No. 7-seeded Washington State (18-13, 11-9) for just the second time in tournament play and the first time since 2015. WSU won both regular-season meetings between the two teams on Jan. 15 and Feb. 5.
 
GAME INFORMATION

  • Date & Time: Wednesday, March 9 | 6 p.m. PT
  • Watch: Pac-12 Networks | Ted Robinson (PxP) & Bill Walton (Analyst)
  • Listen: KGO 810 AM (Tune-In App) | Rich Cellini (PxP) & Todd McKim (Analyst)
  • Live Stats: StatBroadcast
  • Pac-12 Tournament Central: Pac-12.com

 
QUICK HITS

  • Cal is 2-1 at the Pac-12 Tournament under head coach Mark Fox, having won its first-round contest in each of the past two seasons. Both first-round wins came against Stanford, while the loss was to Colorado in the 2021 quarterfinals.
  • Cal has won its first game at the Pac-12 Tournament five times in the past seven years and is 18-23 all-time at the tournament.
  • The Bears and Cougars have met once previously at the Pac-12 Tournament in 2015 when eight-seeded Cal won 84-59 in the first round.
  • WSU has won four in a row against Cal dating back to last season. Cal won three straight games against the Cougars from March 2, 2019 to Feb. 19, 2020, which included a season sweep in Fox's first year in Berkeley.
  • Cal's 2021-22 regular season concluded with a pair of road losses at Arizona State and No. 2 Arizona last week. Prior to the difficult road trip, Cal earned a thorough 53-39 win against rival Stanford on Feb. 26. The Bears' 39 points allowed to Stanford were its fewest allowed in a Pac-12 game since Oregon had 37 on Feb. 2, 1985.
  • Among Pac-12 teams, Cal is first in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (31.0%), fourth in scoring defense (66.1) & seventh in overall field-goal percentage defense (42.3). The Bears are also second in the conference in turnovers per game (11.2).
  • Jordan Shepherd finished the regular season ranked seventh in the Pac-12 with 14.5 points per game. He's scored double figures in 21 of the past 25 games and Cal is 3-1 when he scores 20-plus points in Pac-12 play. The graduate guard has scored 28 vs. Stanford (win, Feb. 26), 33 at Oregon (win, Feb. 12), 21 vs. Arizona (loss, Jan. 23) and 25 vs. Oregon State (win, Dec. 2).
  • With senior forward Andre Kelly out for the season with an ankle injury, junior center Lars Thiemann has stepped up in his absence. Thiemann has started all 10 games Kelly has missed and is averaging 7.3 PPG and 5.3 rebounds per game in that span.

 
UP NEXT
With a win against Washington State on Wednesday, Cal would advance to the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals to face No. 2 seed UCLA. The quarterfinal contest would be played at 6 p.m. PT Thursday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
 
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