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Basketball: Bears go for Washington sweep

* 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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Mitch

    I found this article encouraging. Thank you, Jeff. Go Bears!

  • Gobears49

    Cobbs is 59th in the country in assists to turnovers ratio, 3rd in the conference. Probably decent. I think it’s an important ratio to pro scouts to judge a potential point guard. Possibly could explain why Cobbs is not shooting in the first half, but trying to get a lot of assists and no turnovers so as to raise his overall assists to turnover ratio. See the current table below.

    http://www.ncaa.com/stats/basketball-men/d1/current/individual/473/p1

  • 1brsfan

    And top 20 for guys from power conferences. Not sure that matters as much to scouts but it is tougher competition.

  • Wehofx

    Sometimes the rock just won’t drop. But. Rebound Godammn it!!! Rebounding and D just take effort.

  • Mitch

    Monty’s kind of a crabby interview.

  • Phil Green

    Big road sweep. Pac 12 is tough this year, as ASU proved last night. Could easily see 3-3 these next two weeks, but 5-1 also seems possible. 4-2 would be great if we can hold home court or get a revenge split in Arizona.