Oft-underrated forward Jamal Boykin earned Pac-10 player of the week honors for his performances against Arizona and ASU. His consistency has been an anchor for Cal's success all season.
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Boykin helped the Golden Bears clinch a share of the Pac-10 title for the first time since the 1959-60 season. In wins over Arizona and Arizona State, Boykin averaged 17 points on 14-for-22 (64 percent) shooting from the floor and 8.5 rebounds.
In Thursday's 95-71 win over the Wildcats, Boykin scored 20 points and pulled down 10 boards for his sixth double-double of the season and 12th of his career. Playing in 37 minutes, he was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. In Saturday's 62-46 victory over the Sun Devils, Boykin was 7-for-9 (78 percent) from the field, scoring 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 32 minutes of action.
For the season, Boykin ranks third in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (59 percent) and eighth in rebounding (6.7 rpg). He is averaging 11.6 points and ranks second on the team in free throw percentage (86 percent).
After the jump Jahvid Best shows the NFL that he is silly fast, Theo plans to join Faraudo for a live chat, women's water polo sets an NCAA record in a marathon 8 overtime match, and more.
- Jahvid Best ran the fastest 40 among all the running backs at the combine. He also posted the fastest time in the 3-cone drill. He did 18 reps in the bench press, which wasn't fantastic, but certainly didn't hurt his draft stock. Todd McShay says Best's overall performance was impressive and projects him as a fringe first-round pick. Best's only weakness is his aggressive play style which exposes him to injuries.
- Ted Miller ranks Cal's 2010 nonconference schedule (UC Davis, Colorado, at Nevada) at ninth in the Pac-10.
- Faraudo looks at another wild week in the Pac-10.
- After this weekend's sweep, Cal rose to 21st in the RPI rankings.
- Theo Robertson will join Faraudo in a live chat this Thursday at 10:30.
- Despite the capturing the Pac-10 crown, Cal will have a tough time making the NCAA tournament if they lose their next two games.
- Women's bball had their five-game winning streak snapped by ASU. Cal had a 47-40 lead with 6:39 remaining, but was outscored 17-3 through the rest of the game.
- Rugby defeated UC Santa Cruz 88-11.
- Baseball won the Cal State Bakersfield tournament by defeating Central Michigan 9-4, holding off St Mary's with a 5-4 victory, and winning the tournament with a 13-0 shutout against Cal State Bakersfield.
- No. 13/14 softball defeated Cal State Long Beach 8-1.
- No. 4 women's water polo set an NCAA record with an 8OT match against no. 3 UCLA. UCLA won 7-6.
- Women's lacrosse was defeated 17-3 by no. 1 Northwestern.
- Men's track and field took 3rd and women finished 5th out of ten teams at the MPSF Indoor Championships
- Women's swimming and diving finished 2nd at the Pac-10 championships.
- Women's gymnastics finished fourth at the Stanford Meet.
- No. 4 UCLA women's tennis battled back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat no. 3 Cal by a 4-3 margin.