Jan. 29, 2010
California Golden Bears (14-6, 6-2) at Arizona Wildcats (11-9, 5-3)
Sunday, Jan. 31, 12:30 p.m. (PT), McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: Fox Sports Net/CSN Bay Area
Winners of five of its last six, first-place California continues its four-game road trip on Sunday in Tucson against Arizona. The Golden Bears have a one-game lead in first place in the Pac-10, and look to hold off the second-place Wildcats. Cal and Arizona square off on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 12:30 p.m. (PT) at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. Cal is looking for its first sweep of the Arizona schools on the road since they joined the Pac-10.
Behind senior forward Jamal Boykin's career-high 25 points, Cal defeated Arizona State, 78-70, last Thursday in Tempe, Ariz. Boykin also led the team with 10 rebounds to earn his third double-double of the season and the team's sixth. Senior guard Jerome Randle also posted 25 points and fellow senior guard Patrick Christopher added 21 points. Randle's 20-point outing was his 10th this season and the 29th of his career. He passed Brian Hendrick on Cal's all-time scoring list to move into seventh with 1,565 points.
Randle needs three treys to set the new school record for career three-pointers made. He also needs 32 assists to become just the third player in school history to record 500 assists.
The team leader in steals with 35, Christopher is ninth on the school's career scoring list with 1,484 points. He is currently second on the team in scoring with 16.5 ppg and second in rebounding at 5.7 rpg. Christopher is also on pace to set the school record for most games played in a career.
Randle's 337 career free throws ranks tied for eighth all-time in school history, just one shy of seventh. He also leads the team in scoring, averaging 19.1 ppg, and is averaging 4.7 assists per game.
Randle scored his then-career-best 31 points with a personal-high eight three-pointers in the meeting at Tucson last season.
With its perfect 14-for-14 shooting from the free throw line last Thursday, Cal set the school single-game record for most free throws without a miss. Christopher was 6-for-6 and Boykin was 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. While the Bears have shot 100 percent once before (January 2007), they were 12-for-12 in that game.
Boykin is the team rebounding leader at 6.5 rpg, sophomore forward Omondi Amoke is third on the team in rebounding at 5.5 rpg after Christopher.