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MBB Preview: Cal vs. Arizona State

Cal looks to get their first win in Pac-12 play against the Sun Devils.

NCAA Basketball: Arizona State at California Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State Sun Devils

Record: 10-4

How to Watch: Pac-12 Network

Last 5 Games

L vs. Vanderbilt, 81-65

W vs. Kansas, 80-76

L vs. Princeton, 67-66

L vs. Utah, 96-86

W vs. Colorado, 83-61

Projected Starters (Stats per game)

G Rob Edwards - 9.6 pts, 2.8 reb, 1.4 ast

G Kimani Lawrence - 11.1 pts, 3.9 reb, 1.8 ast

F Romello White - 9.7 pts, 6.1 reb

F Zylan Cheatham - 11.8 pts, 9.5 reb, 3.9 ast

C De’Quon Lake - 5 pts, 4.9 reb, 1.0 blk

Top Reserves

G Remy Martin - 12 pts, 4 ast

G Luguentz Dort - 17.5 pts, 5.1 reb, 2.5 ast

F Taeshon Cherry - 7.1 pts, 3.1 reb

The Bottom Line

The next two games will be tougher than the last two games -- Arizona State and Arizona are good teams with good coaches. Not having Paris Austin against UCLA hurt Cal on the floor, and if they do not have him against Arizona State, it will hurt them even more. In order to beat the Sun Devils, Cal will need to be focused on the defensive end of the floor. Furthermore, the Bears must clean up their transition defense, as UCLA got many easy baskets off pushing the ball down the floor, beating Cal’s players to the other end.

Cal has to play with a better sense of urgency in the second half of their games. It seems that Cal loses their zeal in the early parts of the second half, then try to regain it when it’s too late in the game to make a comeback. Against ASU, Coach Jones cannot afford to let his team dig themselves into that hole if they desire to win.