Feb. 26, 2010
California Golden Bears (19-9, 11-5) vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (20-8, 10-5)
Saturday, Feb. 27, 12 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: FSN/CSN Bay Area
Saturday's game between California and Arizona State will feature the top two teams in the conference, as the Golden Bears maintained their half-game first-place lead over the Sun Devils with a decisivie victory over Arizona Thursday night. The Bears can clinch at least a share of their first Pac-10 title in 50 years with a win. Cal and ASU square off Saturday, Feb. 27, at noon. Saturday's game will also be Senior Day, as Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson, Jamal Boykin and Nikola Knezevic will make their final appearances at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears shot the lights out against the Wildcats in their 95-71 victory, drilling 10 three-pointers, including four from Randle. Posting 24 points on the night, Randle led all players in scoring. Boykin contributed his sixth double-double of the season (20 points, 10 rebounds), and was a clean 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
As a team, Cal shot 17-for-18 from the free throw line, giving them a season percentage of 74.5 that ranks 17th in the nation currently. Individually, Randle ranks second in the nation in free throw percentage with a current school single-season record of 92.3 percent.
Randle moved closer to Sean Lampley on Cal's all-time career scoring list with 1,726 points. Lampley is in first with 1,776 points. After reaching 600 points a year ago, Randle currently boasts 542 points this season. Randle reached another milestone on Thursday, as he collected his 500th career assist, becoming just the third player in school history to do so, and passed Jason Kidd on Cal's all-time assist list. He became the sixth player in Pac-10 history to record 1,700 points and 500 assists.
The team leader in steals with 47, Christopher needs four more steals to crack the school's single-season top 10 list in that category. He is eighth on the school's career scoring list with 1,596 points, and is currently second on the team in scoring with 15.8 ppg and second in rebounding at 5.5 rpg. Today, Christopher will match Keith Smith's school-record total of 128 games played set from 1987-90. Next Saturday at Stanford, Christopher can set the school record in games played.
In addition to currently sitting atop the Pac-10 standings, Cal also has a Strength of Schedule ranking of No. 11 and an RPI ranking of No. 24.
The Cal-Stanford game on March 6 will tip-off at 3 p.m. and be televised on Fox Sports Net