BERKELEY -- Desptie being ruled out 4-6 weeks initially after breaking a bone in his right hand on Jan. 17, California point guard Tyrone Wallace will play tonight against No. 11 Oregon. He will not start (junior Sam Singer will take that honor), but he will see action.
Wallace, a left-handed senior out of Bakersfield, Calif., and a two-time Bob Cousey Award watch list member, averaged 33.1 minutes per game before going down, leading the Bears with 4.6 assists per game, adding 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals to his team-best 15.4 points per contest. Wallace is still 12th in the Pac-12 in scoring despite missing five games, and he is also seventh in the Pac-12 in assists per game.
In his absence, the Bears have averaged 12.2 assists per game (down from a season average of 12.9), and are turning the ball over 12.8 times per game, as opposed to 12.7 before Wallace went down, though part of that can be attributed to the fact that freshman Jaylen Brown, who is averaging more than 3.1 turnovers per game on the season, has played the point for stretches during Wallace's absence.
Without Wallace, Cal is scoring five fewer points per game.