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The Arizona State Sun Devils (7-21, 1-16) will be wrapping up the Pac-10 regular season on Saturday, as they head to Berkeley to face the Cal Golden Bears (14-15, 6-11). Both teams are coming off a loss on Thursday and will be looking to finish the regular season on a positive note.

Last time these two teams met up, they went to overtime for the second straight meeting. Cal was able to pull away in the extra session thanks to the three-point shooting of senior G Ayinde Ubaka, who finished with 14 points. Freshman F Ryan Anderson had a stellar game with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Eric Vierneisel contributed 12 points off the bench. ASU was lead by Antwi Atuahene and Christian Polk with 14 points each. Serge Angounou lead the team with 12 rebounds. Head Coach Ben Braun

PG - Ayinde Ubaka
SG – Omar Wilkes
SF – Alex Pribble
PF – Theo Robertson
C – Ryan Anderson

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Many things have changed since the last time these two teams met. As Coach Sendek has said, "It feels like a decade ago that we played them." In fact, it was only December 30th. Both teams have had a struggle in this tough Pac 10 conference, but have been able to fight hard all year to stay in games. Cal has a little more success closing out games than ASU, but still had trouble putting together a complete 40-minute game.

Cal will be trying to win one last home game for the seniors, G Ayinde Ubaka and F Alex Pribble. Ubaka has been a solid contributor in his four years in Berkeley and has been a fan favorite during his time. He has also had a career year, averaging 13.9 PPG and 4.3 APG. Cal is lead by freshman C Ryan Anderson with 16.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. In what is a very deep freshman class in the Pac 10, Anderson will look to put an exclamation point on his hopes for freshman of the year honors. The Sun Devils will need to take advantage of Cal's defense, as they are 9th in the conference allowing opponents to shoot 47% from the field.


Ayinde Ubaka was able to pick apart the freshman guards of ASU in the first meeting. However, Derek Glasser and Christian Polk have improved since then. Ubaka, unlike his display in Tempe a few months ago, is generally not a dangerous threat from 3-point range, so the Devils will need to prevent him from driving the lane for easy buckets. If Glasser, Polk and Jerren Shipp can find their stroke and drive the lane when the defenses tightens on them, ASU can be in for a good night.

Slight Edge – Cal


Cal does not get much production out of their forwards, as they rely on their guards and center for scoring. With Serge Angounou and Allen Morill playing in their last regular season game, look for them to come out with an extra hop in their step. Cal's other senior, Alex Pribble, will also be looking to put a smile on Bears fans one last time. With Morill and Angounou playing as well as they are, the Devils should be able to score points down low on this group.

Edge – ASU


This is easily the best match-up of the night. Ryan Anderson up against Jeff Pendergraph should be quite a battle. While Pendergraph relies mainly on posting up down low, Anderson will attempt to pull Pendergraph from the block. Anderson is 2nd on the team averaging 4.5 threes per game. If Pendergraph has the type of game he had against the Lopez twins on Thursday against for Stanford, Anderson can be in for a long night.


Final Score ASU 61 Cal 56

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