California (14-5) at UCLA (15-4)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 26, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pauley Pavilion (13,800) -- Los Angeles, California.
Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Cal 10-0, UCLA 12-1. Away Record: Cal 3-3,
UCLA 1-2. Neutral Record: Cal 1-2, UCLA 2-1. Conference Record: Cal 5-1, UCLA
4-2. Series Record: UCLA leads, 133-101.
GAME NOTES: The two teams closest to challenging top-ranked Arizona in the
Pac-12 Conference get together on Sunday, as the California Golden Bears pay a
visit to the UCLA Bruins.
California comes in sporting a 14-5 overall record, which includes a 5-1 mark
in Pac-12 action. The Golden Bears had won their first five league bouts
before falling in a 77-69 final at USC on Wednesday night. The loss dropped
the team to 3-3 in true road games, and following this contest it will return
home for its next three.
UCLA is 15-4 on the season, but is a game behind Cal in conference play at
4-2. The Bruins have won three of their last four games, including a 91-74
decision at home against Stanford on Thursday night. The victory improved the
club's home mark to 12-1, and after this clash Steve Alford's crew will hit
the road for three in a row.
UCLA owns a 133-101 lead in the long-standing series with California, but the
Golden Bears have won four of the last five meetings.
The teams will meet again on Feb. 19, in Berkeley, to complete the regular-
Justin Cobbs scored 22 points and dished out six assists, and Jordan Matthews
poured in 18 points, but both efforts went to waste as California suffered its
first league loss at USC earlier in the week. The Golden Bears, who also got
near double-doubles from David Kravish (10 points, nine rebounds) and Richard
Solomon (nine points, 13 boards), shot just 39.3 percent from the field,
missing 12 of their 17 3-point attempts along the way, while the Trojans
converted more than half of their field goal attempts (28-of-54). Cal
committed only six turnovers, but went just 16-of-25 at the free-throw line.
Cobbs (15.3 ppg, 6.4 apg) heads a list of four double-digit scorers for the
Golden Bears, who are putting up 76.3 ppg in hitting 47 percent of their field
goal attempts, which includes a 35.2 percent showing from 3-point range.
Defensively, Cal is permitting 67.6 ppg, with foes shooting just 40.9 percent
from the floor. The Bears are +4.0 in rebounding margin, but just about dead
even in turnovers (+0.6). In addition to Cobb's exploits, Solomon (11.9 ppg,
10.4 rpg), Tyrone Wallace (11.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and Kravish (11.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg)
have all produced for coach Mike Montgomery's squad.
Tony Parker came off the bench to score a career-high 22 points to lead UCLA
past visiting Stanford a few nights ago, the team also getting double-digit
scoring efforts from four others. Jordan Adams hit for 19 points, Norman
Powell and Kyle Anderson for 13 apiece, and Zach LaVine for 10, as the Bruins
made good on 52.3 percent of their total shots, and 18-of-25 free throws.
Defensively, UCLA held the Cardinal to just 38.6 percent field goal
efficiency, while goading them into 19 turnovers. The Bruins outscored the
visitors off miscues a staggering 22-1, as they were guilty of only six
turnovers themselves. Anderson actually logged a double-double as he handed
out 10 of the team's 23 assists.
For the season, Adams heads the team with 17.5 ppg, Anderson is next at 15.4
ppg, LaVine 12.4 ppg and Powell checks in with 10.8 ppg. Anderson spearheads
the Bruins' rebounding effort with 8.8 caroms per contest, while also serving
as the team's primary playmaker with 6.7 apg. Collectively, UCLA is knocking
down 50.3 percent of its total shots, 39.7 percent of its 3-point tries, all
in the name of a scoring average (84.7 ppg) that ranks second in the
conference and is among the highest in the nation. Thanks in large part to
Anderson, who is the closest any player is in the country to averaging a
triple-double, the Bruins rank first in the Pac-12 in assists (17.84 apg),
steals (10.89 spg), turnovers margin (+4.89) and assist-to-turnover margin
This should be a relatively close game between two teams that boast an
abundance of talent, but have shown the ability to lose focus from time to
time. The edge goes to the Bruins, who will ride the wave of support from the
Pauley Pavilion faithful to victory as they keep pace in the race for the
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UCLA 76, California 71
01/26 10:32:58 ET
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