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DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 28, 6 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Haas Pavilion (11,877) -- Berkeley, California. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Furman 4-2, Cal 7-0. Away Record: Furman 1-4, Cal 0-2. Neutral Record: Furman 0-0, Cal 1-2. Conference Record: Furman 0-0, Cal 0-0. Series Record: California leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The California Golden Bears welcome the Furman Paladins to Haas Pavilion for a non-conference matchup on Saturday evening.
Furman has been idle since posting an 86-83 triumph over Liberty on Dec. 20, which snapped a two-game slide. The Paladins will resume their road trip at UC Davis on Monday night before returning home to open their Southern Conference schedule against Chattanooga next weekend.
California is a perfect 7-0 at home this season. The Golden Bears traveled to Omaha, Nebraska this past Sunday and were dealt a 68-54 loss by Creighton. Following this tilt, they'll hit the road for three straight.
California won the only prior meeting in the all-time series, an 84-50 victory on Dec. 19, 2006.
The Paladins nearly squandered a 24-point lead over the final 12 minutes against Liberty, but they managed to hang on, thanks largely to a career-high 40 points and 11 rebounds from sophomore Stephen Croone. It was the first 40- point game by a Furman player since Roy Simpson scored 45 against East Carolina on Feb. 5, 1972. Croon leads the squad in scoring this season with 21.2 ppg to go along with 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.2 steals. As a team, the Paladins shot 65.2 percent from the floor in the first half and made 7- of-11 3-pointers. But they cooled down and shot 48 percent from the floor in the second stanza and even struggled from the free-throw line, connecting on only 16-of-28 attempts over the final 20 minutes.
For California, Justin Cobbs is scoring 13.8 ppg to pace five players averaging double figures. The frontcourt tandem of David Kravish and Richard Solomon has been tough for the opposition to deal with, as both players are shooting well above 50 percent from the floor and both are active on the glass. Kravish is posting 12.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per tilt, while Solomon is averaging a double-double with 11.4 points and 10.1 rebounds. Defensively, the Golden Bears have held foes to 40.6-percent shooting from the floor. However, they turned in a dismal performance at Creighton as they shot just 36.4 percent from the floor, including a 5-of-24 effort from the perimeter.
The Paladins face a tough challenge in this matchup trying to limit the damage from Kravish and Solomon with their four-guard lineup. Look for California to get back into the win column by dominating the paint.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: California 79, Furman 67
12/28 10:43:57 ET
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