Bears Go For Three in a Row Vs. No. 17 Washington
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Release:  01/14/2011

Jan. 14, 2011

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California (9-7, 2-2) vs. Washington (12-4, 4-1)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011
Time: 7 p.m. PT
Location: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KNEW 910 / Sirius 122 / XM 143

California welcomes No. 17 Washington on a high after outlasting Washington State in overtime on Thursday, 88-81. The Golden Bears go for their third straight win on Sunday against the Huskies at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

Facing one of the Pac-10's leading scorers, Washington State's Klay Thompson, Cal (9-7, 2-2) saw freshman guard Allen Crabbe match Thompson almost point for point. Thompson led all scorers with 36 points, but Crabbe let loose for a new career high of 30, most by any Cal player this season (Harper Kamp - 25, vs. New Mexico, Nov. 20). He is the first Cal freshman to score at least 30 since Shareef Abdur-Rahim did so four times during the 1995-96 season. In conference games, Crabbe is averaging just under 18.0 ppg. He has also connected on 12 of his 25 three-point attempts against Pac-10 opponents.

Junior forward Harper Kamp is currently second in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting at 84.5 percent (60-71). Kamp paced Cal in scoring against Hartford on Dec. 28 with 19 points and nine rebounds before his team high 16 at Stanford on Jan. 2. He is the team's leading scorer at 13.4 and second in rebounds (5.5). After scoring 18 points against Washington State, Kamp has now reached double figures in scoring the last five games. Senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison has hit double figures in the past six games, and notched double-doubles in four of his last six games played.

A team that will pride itself on its defense all year, the Bears' defense is holding opposing offenses to shoot 41.1 percent from that field that ranks sixth in the conference. Five opponents have shot under 40.0 percent and nine teams have scored less than 70 points against the Bears. Cal also boasts 89 steals on the campaign, led by junior guard Jorge Gutierrez's 23, after he secured four against Arizona and three at Arizona State. Crabbe is second on that list with 14.

Cal has also been successful in the rebounding department. After outrebounding Arizona State by 16 on Jan. 8, the Bears tallied nine more boards than Washington State. Cal has outrebounded 11 of its 16 opponents this season and has a rebounding margin of +4.9 which currently ranks third in the Pac-10. Sanders-Frison currently leads the team on the boards at 8.3 rpg.

Facing four nonconference opponents currently in the AP Top 20, Cal currently boasts a strength of schedule ranking of No. 4. Earlier this season, the Bears faced No. 3 Kansas, No. 6 San Diego State, No. 9 Notre Dame (which was not ranked when the teams met) and No. 19 Temple. Cal defeated Temple, 57-50, on Nov. 26, in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. The Huskies (No. 17) will be the fourth top 20 team Cal has played.