Bears Back To Battle Aztecs

Bears Back To Battle Aztecs

Cal And San Diego State Wrap Up A Three-Game Series Saturday At Haas

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Cal vs. San Diego State

Saturday, Dec. 8 | 7:30 PM PT | Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
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California men's basketball wraps up a three-game series with San Diego State this Saturday when the Golden Bears host the Aztecs at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Pavilion, live on the Pac-12 Networks.

The Bears and Aztecs meet for the third time in three seasons with one win each in the series. San Diego State took the first win of the series in a neutral-site contest at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, 77-65, on Nov. 21, 2016. Last season, Cal evened the series with a 63-62 upset in SDSU's Viejas Arena. Juhwan Harris-Dyson made two free throws in the final 7.8 seconds of the game to help lead the Bears to victory.

Cal enters Saturday's action looking to snap a two-game skid after falling to Bay Area rivals Saint Mary's and San Francisco. Five Golden Bears are scoring in double figures through Cal's seven outings this season, and the Bears lead the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage (40.2 percent) despite shooting just 14-38 (36.8) from beyond the arc over the last two outings. 

HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION: Saturday's action airs live on the Pac-12 Networks and includes play-by-play and color commentary from Guy Haberman and Mike Montgomery. The game is also available online at www.Pac-12.com/live, and via the Pac-12 Now app. Todd McKim and Rich Cellini will have the action for the  California Golden Bears Sports Network on KGO 810 AM and via TuneIn. Live stats, broadcast info and more can be accessed via the Cal men's basketball schedule page. Fans can follow the Bears on social media via @CalMBball on Twitter and Instagram, and at Facebook.com/CalMBball.
 


BY THE NUMBERS

12-6-4: Justice Sueing's stat line in last season's contest with the Aztecs included 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. He is one of two Cal returners who scored in double figures at SDSU. Darius McNeill had 10 points in last year's meeting.

2: Two Golden Bear freshmen set season-high point totals in the loss to USF. Andre Kelly led with 17 points, and Jacobi Gordon added 10 points.  

4: Darius McNeill has hit three or more 3-pointers in four of seven games this season. He was 4-10 against USF, just one shy of his season high five 3-pointers against St. John's. McNeill leads the Bears with 16 3-point makes this year.

63.2: Andre Kelly is averaging a 63.2 percent (12-19) shooting clip over the last three games. He poured in a career-best 17 points against the Dons. In that three-game span, Kelly is Cal's leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. 

8: Paris Austin tallied a season-high 8 assists against USF, just one shy of his career-best. The Bears are 2-1 when Austin dishes out 5 or more assists.
 

SCOUTING THE AZTECS

• SDSU'S 2018-19 Record: 5-3
• Series Record: San Diego State leads, 7-5
• Last Meeting: Cal upset San Diego State, 63-62, in Viejas Arena on Dec. 9, 2017
• Two Golden Bear returners scored in double figures against the Aztec in last year's meeting -- Justice Sueing (12 points) and Darius McNeill (10)
• The Aztecs also return two players who scored in double figures in last year's meeting -- Matt Mitchell (13) and Jeremy Hemsley (13)
• Devin Watson leads four Aztecs putting up double-digit scoring totals. He's averaging 16.6 points.
• Jalen McDaniels (14.3 ppg), Mitchell (12.8 ppg) and Hemsley (10.3) are also averaging double figure totals.
• McDaniels is the team's leading rebounder at 8.0 rebounds per game.
• The Aztecs are averaging 14.1 assists per game, with four players notching 15 or more assists through the season so far -- Watson (36 assists), McDaniels (19), Hemsley (17) and Mitchell (15).
• SDSU's losses this season include No. 1 Duke (90-64), Iowa State (87-57) and San Diego (73-61).
 

LAST TIME OUT

• The Result: San Francisco downed Cal, 79-60, Wednesday night in Haas Pavilion
• Three Bears scored in double figures -- Andre Kelly (17 points), Darius McNeill (16) and Jacobi Gordon (10).
• Kelly's 17 points set a career high. He went 5-7 from the floor, and 6-7 at the free throw line.
• Kelly also pulled down 9 rebounds, just one shy of his career-best total.
• McNeill hit four 3-pointers, his fourth game of the season with three or more triples.
• Gordon's 10 points were a new career-high, and he added 5 rebounds. 
Paris Austin tallied a season-high 8 assists, just one shy of his career-best total.
• The loss marked Cal's first at home this season.
 

RANKING ROUNDUP

As a team, Cal ranks Top 50 nationally in:
• 3-point Field Goal Percentage: 22nd, 40.2
• Fewest Turnovers: 29th, 84
• Fewest Fouls: 29th, 122
 

NEXT UP

With finals coming up at Cal, the Bears will enjoy a week off before returning to action on Saturday, Dec. 15 to face Cal Poly. The Bears wrap up a three-game homestand against the Mustangs at 7 p.m. on Pete Newell Court, live on the Pac-12 Networks.
 
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