* Saturday, noon at Seattle (Pac-12 Networks)
Cal (16-8, 7-4) goes for its first road sweep in Washington since 2009 when it visits Washington (14-11, 6-6).
UPDATE: The Bears sit alone in fourth place entering play Saturday after Arizona State move ahead of them at 8-4 with a 69-66 double-overtime win over Arizona.
Coach Mike Montgomery said the Bears’ overtime win Wednesday at Washington State was one they had to have. They need this one, too.
The crowd below Arizona is congested, so there is little margin for error. UW takes a 5-0 record in conference home games into Saturday, but the Bears have been solid on the road, 4-2 in league play.
Cal routed UW 82-56 in Berkeley, one of the Bears’ best performances of the season. Five players scored in double digits, Cal dominated the boards and held the Huskies to 30-percent shooting.
Washington is coming off a 64-60 win over Stanford that snapped a three-game losing streak.
C.J. Wilcox remains UW’s chief weapon. The senior wing is averaging 19.2 points and has 11 games of 20 points or more. He scored 18 in the first game against Cal, but the rest of Washington’s starters shot a combined 7 for 33.
Emerging as a clear No. 2 option is freshman point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, who didn’t hurt Cal in the first meeting. He is averaging 18.6 over the past five games, bringing his season scoring average to 13.4.
Don’t be surprised if Justin Cobbs takes the assignment of defending Williams-Goss.
The Huskies no doubt are concerned about who will slow down Cobbs, who scored all 22 of his points after halftime in the OT win at WSU. Cobbs is scoring 59 percent of his points in the second half in Pac-12 play.
Cobbs is averaging 21.5 points over the past five games, boosting his season mark to 16.3 to go with 6.0 assists per game.
Cal did not make the trip to Washington last season, but won 69-66 in Seattle two years ago. The Bears have prevailed in three of the past five road games vs. the Huskies.