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Will the Golden Bears be able to take advantage of a maligned Oregon Ducks secondary in Eugene? Meanwhile, the hype for Men's Basketball continues to grow.

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Men's Tennis

Peter Wright Talks Fall Ball: Cal Head Coach Runs Down His Bears' Play In The First Half Of The Season

CalBears.com: What are your thoughts on the team's performance at regionals? Florian Lakat and Billy Griffith both got as far the singles quarterfinals, while Filip Bergevi and J.T. Nishimura reached the doubles quarters in Seattle.

Peter Wright: Everybody played fairly solid tennis. We've been having a good fall. This team has a lot of potential. What the regionals allowed us to see was some of the things we're doing really well and some of the things we need to work on a little bit more. It gives us a bit of a roadmap for how we want to do that in the coming months to prepare for the start of the (dual-match) season in January. Overall, winning titles at the regionals would've been nice. But I don't really look at peaking in the fall as the goal. We want to continually improve, and this was part of the process for us.

CB: Billy has done well over the past few months to start his sophomore year, winning singles titles in Napa and at UCSB.

PW: Billy's had a wonderful fall. Technically he's playing some of the best tennis I've ever seen him play. He is physically stronger, he's a year more mature, and I think his game is really starting to blossom. It's exciting to watch him play. He's part of the future of Cal tennis and part of the present of Cal tennis. He's definitely made some big strides over the course of the summer and this fall. We think if he continues to work on the things he's doing that he's going to be a central feature of our team in the spring.

Women's Tennis

California freshman Marianne Li shot a 4-under 69 Tuesday to finish with her first career top five finish at the Pac-12 Preview hosted by Hawaii.

Men's Swimming and Diving

Field Hockey

After scoring all four of Cal field hockey's goals last week, Golden Bear freshman Melina Moore is the America East Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Men's Basketball

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California @ Oregon, Saturday, 7:30 pm

Tuesday afternoon Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich spoke with the media about Oregon's upcoming home game against the California Golden Bears. Helfrich talked about preparing for Jared Goff, if Oregon recruited him, what the Oregon locker room is like following last week's win, why is the Oregon defense still struggling to communicate, and how it feels to not being in the national title picture, and more.

Oregon secondary faces its toughest challenge yet against Cal

The Oregon secondary started the season by giving up 438 passing yards and five passing touchdowns to Eastern Washington.

Seven games and six different starting lineups later, not much has changed.

On Thursday, with their seventh different starting lineup in the secondary, Oregon gave up 398 passing yards and five passing touchdowns to Mike Bercovici and Arizona State.

And yet, somehow, it gets worse from there. Because this weekend Cal quarterback Jared Goff -- who averages 39 pass attempts and five 20-plus-yard completions per game -- and his slew of athletic receivers are coming to Oregon to try and snap the Bears' six-game losing streak to the Ducks and their current three-game skid.

This season, Cal has established a stronger run game that has forced defenses to be a bit more honest, which Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said has been an X factor for the Bears. It also means that it's going to be tougher on the defensive backs because they can't necessarily just sit back and wait for Goff to throw bombs. But make no mistake, Cal will lean heavily on the passing game to put points on the board.