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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 15, 11 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Haas Pavilion (11,877) -- Salt Lake City, Utah. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Oakland 0-0, California 2-0. Away Record: Oakland 0-2, California 0-0. Neutral Record: Oakland 0-0, California 0-0. Conference Record: Oakland 0-0, California 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAMES NOTES: Looking to keep their home winning streak alive, the California Golden Bears will bring in the Oakland Golden Grizzlies for a non-conference clash at Haas Pavilion as part of regional action of the Maui Invitational.
Although Oakland is 0-2 through its first two games, the Golden Grizzlies certainly haven't had much of a break. In the season opener, they took on No. 12 North CArolina and got blown out (84-61). Their fortunes didn't improve when they traveled across the country to Los Angeles to battle No. 24 UCLA as the Bruins routed Oakland as well (91-60). Dating back to last season Oakland has lost six straight games. That streak is in danger of continuing, as Oakland finished just 5-14 on the road last season.
Playing at home against non-league foes has often ended in victory for the Golden Bears. Under sixth-year head coach Mike Montgomery, California has gone 35-6 at home games against teams from outside the Pac-12. California has also won 30 straight home games in the month of November. The Golden Bears added to both totals already this season with wins in the first two games against Copping State (83-64) and Denver (77-50).
This meeting will be the first ever between the Golden Grizzlies and the Golden Bears.
It has been a rough road for Oakland on both ends of the floor early on. The Golden Grizzlies have allowed their first two opponents to shoot at a 56 percent clip and score nearly 90 points per game. Meanwhile, they have been stymied on offense, netting just 33.3 percent of their field goal tries. As expected, Travis Bader has been the most productive scoring threat. Bader scored 19 points against UCLA to follow up his efforts against UCLA when he dropped in 17 points. Bader has not been shy about shooting, but that hasn't yielded a ton of efficiency as he has connected on just 36.7 percent of his attempts from the floor. Duke Mondy (10.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 6.0 apg) has been filing up the stat sheet, but has been even less efficient with his field goal attempts (.280).
California has been enjoying a much different season than Oakland. The team is shooting at an impressive 48.8 percent clip from the field and has held its first two foes to less than 35 percent shooting. California has also been cleaning upon on the boards (45.5 pg). The offensive success has been driven, as expected, by the backcourt duo of Tyrone Wallace and Justin Cobbs. Wallace has been the leading scorer in each of the team's victories, including 16 points against Denver. That's not to say Cobbs (13.0 ppg, 6.0 apg) has been ineffective. Cobbs only had 10 points against Denver but he handed out six assists. The Golden Bears are also fortunate enough to have a strong frontcourt duo in David Kravish (11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Richard Solomon (9.5 ppg, 13.0 rpg).
The Golden Bears have one of the most well rounded starting lineups. The same cannot be said for the Golden Grizzlies, who rely too much on Bader and just aren't efficient enough to pull off a road upset.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: California 82, Oakland 66
11/15 10:33:19 ET