Cal Basketball: Remy Martin Leads Red-Hot Sun Devils into Haas For Sunday Matinee
ARIZONA STATE (16-8, 7-4) at CAL (10-14, 4-7)
WHERE: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley
WHEN: Sunday, 3 p.m.
CAL-ARIZONA STATE HISTORY: Cal leads 41-40 but ASU has won the past four meetings. The Bears' most recent win over the Sun Devils was a 68-43 road verdict in 2017 that capped a four-game Cal win streak in the series.
CAL STORYLINES: The Bears are coming off a 68-52 loss to Arizona on Thursday, their most decisive Pac-12 home defeat. Cal is 10-4 at home this season, but has just two more games on its home court after this one. . . . Sophomore Matt Bradley is sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring (27.7) and third in free-throw accuracy (85.3 percent). A year ago, Bradley assembled his first career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds against ASU. He has scored in double digits in all but one game (Duke) this season. . . . Cal continues to struggle finding a consistent No. 2 scoring option. Kareem South is second on the squad, averaging 9.2 points per game but he is shooting just 36 percent from the field, 31 percent on 3-point tries. . . . Sophomore big man Andre Kelly has averaged 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds over the past four games while converting 73 percent (19-for-26) over that span. . . . The Bears will need to keep track of the basketball today. They average 13.1 turnovers per game and ASU thrives on taking the ball away.
ARIZONA STATE STORYLINES: The Sun Devils are on a roll, having won four in a row after their 74-69 victory at Stanford on Thursday. They also own wins over Washington, UCLA and USC during that stretch. ASU has not won five straight conference games since the 2008-09 season when they were led by Pac-10 Player of the Year James Harden. . . . ASU is led by junior guard Remy Martin, who was the Pac-12 scoring leader at 19.5 points per game entering play this weekend. Martin has scored 20 points or more 13 times this season, including 24 in a win at Stanford. He also had 24 points and eight assists in the Sun Devils’ victory at Cal last season. . . . Romello White contributes 10.2 points per game and tops the Pac-12 in rebounding at 9.2. . . . Freshman forward Jalen Graham, who averaged 3.6 points and 3.0 rebounds off the bench, had a tattoo of Kobe Bryant inked on his right leg hours after the NBA icon died in a helicopter crash last month. . . . The Sun Devils are one of the Pac-12’s worst shooting teams (10th in field-goal percentage at 42.7 and 11th in 3-point accuracy at 31.8 percent) but rank third in scoring at 73.3. Likewise, they are 11th in scoring defense (68.9 points allowed) but first in turnovers created (16.6).
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