Lot on the Line in Final Home Tilt

Thursday night's thrilling overtime victory against USC gave Cal 10 conference wins this season and puts them in position to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006. Saturday's contest versus UCLA will not only mark the final home game of the season, but even with a year of eligibility left, it marks the final home game for Cal's lone senior, center Jordan Wilkes.

Cal needs another marquee win to solidify a NCAA at-large bid.

UCLA is coming off a second half comeback victory against Stanford on Thursday night. Although Cal and UCLA both have 21 overall wins, as does Washington, the Huskies are 12-4 in conference, have a game and a half lead, and control their own destiny.

That does not mean that this game is not a significant one for the Golden Bears. Other than the total number of wins, the tournament selection committee also looks at the strength of schedule. Another win against a top 25 opponent will go a long way to solidifying their claim as a worthy at-large team.

The Bruins have been struggling of late losing three out of their last five games. So if there was ever a time to pull off an upset, this would be the time.

Cal continues to light it up from beyond the arc. The Bears have led the nation the entire season in three-point accuracy at 45%. Forward Theo Robinson, who recently moved into first place in the Cal record books as the most accurate three-point shooter in the school's history, is currently second in the nation in that category at 55%.

Cal has made tremendous strides this year in field goal shooting percentage and on the defensive end, especially where they have held opponents to close to 10 points a game lower than they did last year. The Bears are ranked second in the Pac-10 and eighth in the nation in opponent's field goal percentage. Look for the Bears to keep it close Saturday with the Bruins in front of what is sure to be the largest home crowd of the season.

Notes:

  • Jordan Wilkes will be honored before the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. It will be nationally televised on ESPN.

  • Cal will host the ESPN GameDay crew, which will tape live from center court from 8-9 a.m. Admission is free and doors will open at 6 a.m. Food will be served to the first 500, and various prizes will be awarded.


    Cal's All-Century Team

    Thirteen members of the California Athletic Hall of Fame, plus the school's all-time leaders in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks, highlight the 30-player Golden Bears All-Century team announced by the Athletic Department Friday.

    Players who earned All-America honors (1st team, 2nd team or 3rd team) or Conference Player of the Year recognition - a total of 19 - received an automatic berth on the team, while fan voting determined the final 11 spots. More than 2,200 ballots were cast during the six-week voting period that ended earlier this week.

    The All-Century team is part of a year-long celebration of the 100th season of Cal basketball. In addition to video highlights of great moments in Cal history presented at each home game, the Bears hosted an alumni weekend Feb. 13-14 that included an alumni game in Haas Pavilion and a special recognition of the 1959 NCAA championship squad when Cal hosted Stanford. All-American center Darrall Imhoff, who led the Bears to the title, had his number 40 jersey retired at halftime of the Pac-10 contest.

    To see those earning automatic selection to the All-Century team based on their on-court accomplishments, click HERE!



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