Cal hosts third-ranked Arizona in a game slated to start Sunday noon at Berkeley.
Pre-game: Arizona forward Azuolas Tubelis, who injured his ankle on Thursday, was unavailable for Sunday’s game.
Cal entered Sunday’s game 9-9, including 2-5 in the Pac-12, and on a four-game losing streak.
The Bears haven’t beaten an AP top-five team since Feb. 1, 2014, when they upset Arizona 60-58 at Berkeley. The Bears had lost nine straight games to Arizona before Sunday’s game.
Jordan Shepherd started the day leading the Bears with 14.3 points per game, just ahead of Andre Kelly at 14.2. Grant Anticevich is third with 11.3 points per game, but over the past three games has averaged just 5.0 points on 25% shooting (7 for 28), including 1 for 10 on shooting at three points.
Arizona had won four straight before facing Cal on Sunday, and the Wildcats had won each of their five conference games by at least 16 points. Arizona started the day leading the nation with an average margin of victory (24.3 points) and is No. 1 in the NET rankings, which is used to determine NCAA Tournament berths and standings.
Bennedict Mathurin (17.7 points, 5.9 rebounds) and Azuolas Tubelis (15.1 points, 6.1 rebounds) started the day as Arizona’s top scorers. But Tubelis was considered questionable for Sunday’s game after suffering an ankle injury against Stanford on Thursday. He was not in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Cal ranks first in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (62.7), but Arizona leads the conference in scoring (88.3) and has topped 90 points seven times heading into Sunday’s game.
Cal starting lineup: G Joel Brown, G Jordan Shepherd, F Andre Kelly, F Grant Anticevich, G Jalen Celestine.
Arizona starting lineup: F Bennedict Manthurin, G Pelle Larsson, C Christian Koloko, G Dalen Terry, G Kerr Kriisa.
Cover photo of Joel Brown by D. Ross Cameron, USA TODAY Sports
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