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Golden Nuggets: Juju Smiles upon the Bears, Provides Another Shot at Pac-12 Title

Our UC brethren to the south did a tremendous favor for the Bears yesterday afternoon: they notched an impressive upset against Washington. Now the Bears' title hopes are in their own hands. A win at Maples will give Cal a share of the Pac-12 title, their second in three years.

"We have a chance to finish first. To me, that's always been a big deal," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said this week, dismissing talk about the NCAA tournament.

Cal (23-7, 13-4) must beat the Cardinal (19-10, 9-8) in both teams' regular-season finale in order to pull even with Washington (21-9, 14-4).

A victory also would give the Bears the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 tournament, which begins Wednesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will determine the league's automatic NCAA tournament bid. Cal owns the tiebreaker over UW because of its 69-66 victory over the Huskies on Jan. 19 in Seattle.

Cal was scheduled to be on the practice floor Saturday during the UCLA-Washington game, which was televised beginning at 11 a.m. Players joked earlier in the week that Montgomery probably did that on purpose to keep their focus on their own business.

"It's all about Stanford. It has to be that way. They are our rival," Cal

senior Harper Kamp said. "It's a huge game for us, it always is, no matter what the situation, no matter what our record. It's going to be fun and we want to beat them."

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