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Cal Challenges Oregon In Home Finale

Feb 23, 2024
Keonte Kennedy is one of seven Golden Bears who will be recognized during a pregame ceremony on Saturday.

BERKELEY – The California men's basketball team concludes its regular-season home schedule when it hosts Oregon on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff from inside Haas Pavilion is set for 4 p.m. PST and the contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
 
Cal will recognize seven senior student-athletes – Fardaws Aimaq, Devin Askew, Monty Bowser, Adrian Claiborne Jr., Jalen Cone, Keonte Kennedy and Wrenn Robinson – during a pregame ceremony. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and be in their seats by 3:30 p.m. to view the on-court ceremony.
 
GAME INFORMATION

  • Date & Time: Saturday, Feb. 24 | 4 p.m. PST
  • Location: Berkeley, California | Haas Pavilion
  • Watch: Pac-12 Network | J.B. Long (PxP), Don MacLean (Analyst) & Ashley Adamson (Reporter)
  • Listen: 810 AM & The Varsity Network App | Justin Allegri (PxP) & Theo Robertson (Analyst)
  • Live Stats: Statbroadcast

INSIDE THE MATCHUP

  • Cal (12-15, 8-8 Pac-12) seeks its first home sweep of the Oregon schools since the 2015-16 season.
  • The Bears have defeated Oregon (18-8, 10-5) once in their past 15 head-to-head meetings dating back to the 2016-17 season.
  • Cal's last home win against Oregon was an 83-63 contest on Feb. 11, 2016. Cal is 0-5 when facing the Ducks in Haas Pavilion since.
  • The Bears led by as many as 18 points in an 80-73 loss at Oregon earlier this season on Jan. 13.
  • The Ducks have won two in a row, most recently including a 78-65 win at Stanford on Thursday.

LAST TIME

  • Cal erased an 11-point deficit to defeat Oregon State 81-73 on Thursday night in Berkeley.
  • The Bears trailed by five with 5:06 remaining before closing the game on a 15-2 run.
  • Cal tied a program single-game record with 16 made 3-pointers (48%, 16 of 33). Jalen Cone made five of those 3-pointers and scored all 17 of his points in the second half.
  • Fardaws Aimaq's 18th double-double – 21 points and 11 rebounds, along with five assists – marked the most by a Pac-12 player in a season since 2017-18 (DeAndre Ayton, Arizona) and is the most by a Golden Bear in a Pac-12 era season.

NOTEWORTHY

  • Cal improved to 9-6 in Haas Pavilion with the win over Oregon State and clinched its first home winning record since 2019-20 (12-5).
  • Cal averaged 9,930 fans in attendance during a recent three-game span from Jan. 26-Feb. 10; 8,710 vs. Stanford, 11,801 vs. USC – its first sellout since Jan. 29, 2017 – and 9,280 vs. UCLA.
  • Cal is in sole possession of sixth place in the Pac-12, and its eight conference wins are its most since winning 10 in 2016-17.
  • 20 of Cal's 27 games have been decided by single digits, the most nationally as of Feb. 22. Cal is 9-11 in such games, having won five of its last six after winning only four of its first 14.
  • Cal is 8-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 75 points. The Bears have allowed 70.2 PPG in 12 wins versus 81.1 PPG in 15 losses.
  • The Bears have scored 80-plus points in seven conference games this season, tied for their most since doing the same in 2010-11.
  • Jaylon Tyson tallied five assists, five rebounds and a pair of blocks Thursday vs. Oregon State despite behind held to seven points, marking his first single-digit scoring output of the season. Tyson – one of 10 shortlisted candidates for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award – is the only major-conference player and one of four total players nationally averaging at least 19.8 PPG, 7.0 RPG and 3.4 APG this season.
  • Fardaws Aimaq is one of two major-conference players averaging at least 14.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season, joining Purdue's Zach Edey, the reigning consensus National Player of the Year. Aimaq's 11.2 RPG lead the Pac-12 and rank sixth nationally.
  • Aimaq is two double-doubles shy of tying the single-season program record of 20, owned by Mark McNamara (1981-82) and Ansley Truitt (1971-72).
  • Tyson and Fardaws Aimaq make up the only Pac-12 duo to rank in the top 15 of their conference in PPG and RPG. Tyson is second in PPG and fifth in RPG, while Aimaq ranks 13th in PPG and first in RPG.
  • Jalen Cone has been dynamic in Cal's past four wins, averaging 17.5 PPG on 53.6% shooting (22 of 41), including a 50% clip from deep (15 of 30).
  • With 3-of-6 makes from beyond the arc in Thursday's win, Jalen Celestine improved his Pac-12-leading 3-point field-goal percentage to 46.3%.
  • Keonte Kennedy is fourth in the Pac-12 with 1.7 steals per game. He swiped the rock three times against Oregon State and has at least one steal in 13 of the past 14 games, including 10 total steals in a three-game span from Jan. 26-Feb. 3.

UP NEXT
Cal plays at Colorado on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the first of three road games to close the 2023-24 regular season. Tipoff at the CU Events Center in Boulder is slated for 5 p.m. PST/6 p.m. MST.
 
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