Feb. 12, 2010
California Golden Bears (16-8, 8-4) vs. Washington State Cougars (15-9, 5-7)
Saturday, Feb. 13, 1 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: FSN/CSNBA
First-place California maintained sole poession of the conference's top spot with a 12-point victory over Washington last Thursday, redeeming itself from a 15-point loss in Seattle earlier this season. The Golden Bears posted 90 points for the fourth time this season, and hope to keep the scoring going when they face Washington State on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal is 12-1 on the home court this season.
After scoring a season-low five points at Washington last month, senior guard Jerome Randle responded with 33 points against the Huskies last Thursday, his second 30-point outing of the season, and the third of his career. He collected 21 of those 33 points in the first half, helping Cal take a stranglehold on the game that it would never relinquish.
Randle, who recently passed Ryan Drew for the school record in most career three-pointers made, now boasts 226 career treys. Randle is one three-point attempt away from the school record in that category, as well. He also needs 15 assists to become just the third player in school history to record 500 assists, and he is nine behind Jason Kidd for third all-time.
The team leader in steals with 41, senior guard Patrick Christopher is ninth on the school's career scoring list with 1,541 points, He is currently second on the team in scoring with 16.1 ppg and second in rebounding at 5.5 rpg. If Christopher plays the rest of the games this season, he will set the school record for most games played at Cal.
In addition to currently sitting atop the Pac-10 standings, Cal also has a Strength of Schedule ranking of No. 5 and an RPI ranking of No. 25.
Senior forward Jamal Boykin is the team's rebounding leader at 6.4 rpg, while Amoke is third on the team in rebounding at 5.1 rpg after Christopher. Facing the Pac-10's team rebounding squad in Washington, the Bears outrebounded the Huskies, 37-30, including 11 from Boykin and eight from senior forward Theo Robertson.
The Bears have been facing the best the conference has to offer in recent weeks, as four of Cal's last five games have been against a team that was at least tied for second place in the Pac-10 (Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA, Washington).