After icing California's 74-73 win over No. 25 USC on Sunday with a pair of free throw makes and a block of Jordan McLaughlin, Bears sophomore forward Ivan Rabb has taken home the first Pac-12 Player of the Week award of his career.
Rabb, a Naismith and Wooden National Player of the Year candidate, a AP Preseason All-American and Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Watch List member, averaged 17.0 points and 14.0 rebounds against USC and UCLA this past weekend, leading Cal in steals, with four.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1744328-bttv-ivan-rabb-say... Rabb is one of only three Pac-12 players averaging a double-double, leading the Bears with 15.4 points per game and league-leading 10.8 rebounds per game.
Rabb pulled down eight rebounds and scored 17 points against the Trojans, adding three steals and two blocks -- both coming after he was whistled for his fourth foul of the game, with 9:44 left in the second half. Cal's win over USC was the Bears' first true road win over a top-25 opponent since Feb. 21, 2013.
Against the Bruins, Rabb pulled down a career-best 20 rebounds while scoring 17 points. Those 20 rebounds are the most in the Pac-12 this season, and the most by a Cal player since 2006, when Leon Powe pulled down 20 agains the Trojans on March 9.
Cal returns to Haas Pavilion to face star freshman Markelle Fultz and Washington. Fultz tweaked his ankle in the Huskies' 87-61 win over Oregon State on Sunday, but it was "nothing serious," according to head coach Lorenzo Romar. Center Malik Dime -- who collided with Fultz with 2:22 left -- injured is finger, but Romar said that both he and Fultz will be available for the Huskies' clash with the Bears in Berkeley on Thursday at 6 p.m.