KU vs. Cal Game Preview

The Kansas Jayhawks travel to sunny Oakland, California to take on the Golden Bears in a Saturday afternoon matchup. Cal, like the Jayhawks, lost some key personnel from their roster of last season - a season that led the Golden Bears to a second-place finish in the Pac 10 Conference.

California Golden Bears

Cal comes into Saturday's matchup with a 6-1 record, fresh off of a victory over La Lafayette. Cal has road wins at Cleveland St., and an impressive win at New Mexico.

Cal Players to Watch

  • Joe Shipp, a 6-5 Senior Forward, is averaging just over 19 ppg and is shooting over 45% from behind the arc. He has also scored 30 points in each of two games this season (vs. Cleveland St. and Howard).
  • Amit Tamir, a 6-10 Sophomore, like Shipp - is not afraid to shoot the trifecta. Tamir is averaging nearly 16 ppg, and has hosited 32 shots from behind the arc this season, making 15 of them (a whopping 47%).
  • Brian Wethers, a 6-5 Senior Guard, is shooting 54% from the field, and is scoring nearly 15 ppg. Wethers struggles from the FT line, however, making just 54% of his attempts.

The complete Cal Roster from Yahoo Sports.

Kansas Jayhawks

The Jayhawks (6-3) travel to Cal following an 87-70 thrashing of UCLA last Saturday, eeking out a bit of revenge for last season's loss to the Bruins at Pauley. The Jayhawks' task will be two-fold against Cal, first to defend the perimeter against what will no-doubt be a barrage from behind the arc, and secondly to ensure that KU's experienced big man combo of Wayne Simien and Nick Collison have frequent opportunities to score.

Kansas Players to Watch

  • Aaron Miles, a 6-1 Sophomore Point Guard. While likely not asked to score a lot during this contest, maintaining control of the ball and avoiding turnovers will be key against the Cal backcourt defense. Over the last three contests, Miles has accumulated thirty (30) assists with just five (5) turnovers.
  • Nick Collison, a 6-10 Senior, will be looked to for leadership and scoring in this game. Nick is averaging 19.1 ppg, and is shooting 78% from the charity stripe.
  • Wayne Simien, a 6-9 Sophomore, will be the other half of the scoring attack inside for Kansas. Simien's nearly 17 ppg and more than 9 rebounds will need to be countered in some fashion by Cal for the Bears to stay in this game.

The complete Kansas Roster from Yahoo Sports.

Gametime is 2:30 pm (Central), and television coverage is being provided by ABC Sports.

Further Info and Message Board Links

Preview from Cyberbears.org

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