Bay area rivals meet in Berekely
Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) – The 23rd-ranked Stanford Cardinal are fresh
off a heart-breaking loss, and they will attempt to get back on track
against California this evening in a Pac-10 Conference affair.
Stanford carried a three-game winning streak into Wednesday’s non-conference
battle with Gonzaga, and that double-overtime game resulted in a 90-86
defeat. Still, the Cardinal are 14-6 overall and 6-3 in league play, and they
are still in contention for the Pac-10 title.
California is in desperate need of a victory, as the squad has lost three
straight games to fall to 12-9 overall and 4-5 in conference. The Golden Bears
have been idle since last Saturday when they dropped a 76-73 decision to USC.
Cal owns a 136-109 advantage in the all-time series with Stanford, including a
67-63 victory over the Cardinal just last month.
Lawrence Hill has led Stanford in scoring in three straight games and five of
the last six, and he is currently averaging 16.3 ppg on 52.2 percent shooting
from the floor, including 42.2 percent accuracy from three-point range. The
only other double-digit scorer in the lineup is Anthony Goods, as he is posting
13.6 ppg despite lowly 37.9 percent shooting from the field. Hill scored 22
points in the narrow loss to Gonzaga earlier this week, and Brook Lopez
contributed 20 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. As for Goods, he
scored 16 points for Stanford, which was outscored by 12 points at the foul
line. The Cardinal did nail 10 three-pointers, but that effort wasn’t enough to
California is paced by one of the nation’s best freshmen, as Ryan Anderson is
averaging team highs of 17.2 ppg and 8.5 rpg and is the only player in the
Pac-10 ranked in the top five in both categories. Ayinde Ubaka checks in with
13.8 ppg, and he has dished out 96 assists against 43 steals. In the three-
point loss to USC last weekend, Anderson scored 19 points to pace four double-
digit scorers. Omar Wilkes added 14 points, Jerome Randle tallied 12 points,
and Patrick Christopher rounded out the foursome with 10 points. The Golden
Bears connected on 51.9 percent of their field goal attempts, but they
permitted the Trojans to shoot 58.7 percent from the floor, including 9-of-13
from behind the arc. A 13-8 deficit in points from the foul line didn’t help