Washington edged California 64-60 Wednesday, but now confronts California, which administered a 26-point whipping on the Huskies a month ago.
GAME: California (16-8 overall, 7-4 Pac-12) at Washington (14-11 overall, 6-6 Pac-12). WHEN: Saturday, 12 p.m., Alaska Airlines Arena. TYPE: Conference. MEETING: 158th (Cal leads 79-78). RANKINGS: Neither school ranked. COACHES: Mike Montgomery, Cal; Lorenzo Romar, Washington. TV: Pac-12 Networks. RADIO: KJR 950 AM
The Washington Huskies, 14-11 this season but 12-2 at Alaska Airlines Arena, are going to need all the good vibes the building can provide when they host the Cal Bears Saturday. After taking an 8-2 lead over the Bears in Berkeley Jan. 15 when Cal couldn’t get going against UW’s packed-in zone defense, the Huskies unraveled quickly and stayed that way.
Cal went on a 20-3 run, five of the Bears finished in double figures, and Washington lost 82-56, its largest margin of defeat of the season.
The smaller, slower Huskies couldn’t match Cal’s bigs. UW shot 30.2 percent (14.3 percent from 3-point range), lost the board battle 44-33 and had seven shots rejected. Only C.J. Wilcox (18 points) reached double figures.
California, which has an RPI of 48 to Washington’s 75, features four double-figure scorers in Justin Cobb (16.3), David Kravish (11.8), Tyrone Wallace (11.8) and Richard Solomon (11.5). A loser of four of its last six games following a six-game winning streak, Cal is coming off an 80-76 overtime victory over Washington State in Pullman.
Following Washington’s 64-60 win over Stanford Wednesday, head coach Lorenzo Romar hinted that he might continue with a lineup Saturday against Cal that enabled the Huskies to rally Wednesday.
Romar benched under-performing Andrew Andrews, who played a season-low five minutes, none in the second half, ultimately replacing him with Mike Anderson, who responded with 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
“The way we were going, don’t fix it,” Romar said of Andrews’ absence. “One of those situations. Our guys were really playing well.”
They’ll need a repeat against the Bears.
SERIES: Dates to Jan. 14, 1915, when UW lost to Cal 30-24 in Berkeley. Washington won four of the past six meetings, but got blown out early in the last one, an 82-56 loss at Berkeley Jan. 15. In that game, Cal held UW to 24 percent shooting in the first half, blocked seven shots and outrebounded the Huskies 44-33. It marked Cal’s largest margin of victory in the series in 17 years.
UW STATS / NOTES
UW HEAD COACH: Lorenzo Romar (344-226 overall, 251-138 UW) is coming off a year in which the Huskies finished 18-16 and ended with a loss to Brigham Young in the National Invitation Tournament. Romar took the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament six times and won three Pac-10 Tournament titles (2005, 2010, 2011).
2012-13 Washington Regular-Season Statistics
University of Washington 2013-14 Schedule
|Date||Opponent||UW Rnk||Opp Rnk||W/L||Score||Rec.|
|11/6/13||@vs. Cent. Wash||—||—||W||95-65||0-0|
|11/10/13||vs. Seattle U.||—||—||W||88-78||1-0|
|11/14/13||vs. UC Irvine||—||—||L||86-72||1-1|
|11/17/13||vs. E. Wash||—||—||W||92-80||2-1|
|11/22/13||*vs. Boston Co||—||18||L||89-78||2-3|
|12/30/13||vs. L. Beach St.||—||—||W||92-89||4-3|
|12/8/13||vs. SD State||—||24||L||70-63||4-4|
|12/14/13||vs. Idaho St.||—||—||W||85-66||5-4|
|12/27/13||vs. Miss. Valley||—||—||W||95-80||7-5|
|3/18-19/14||NCAA 1st 4||—||—||—||—–||—|
|3/20-23/14||NCAA 2nd, 3rd||—||—||—||—–||—|
@=Exhibition; *=2K Sports Classic; ^=Pac-12 Tournament